1959 Kathy Linden – Goodbye Jimmy Goodbye
Kathy Linden grew up in New Jersey. She was performing tap and ballet in public by the time she was barely five years old. She began acting in plays and later played piano and violin in several symphony orchestras. She also became a member of The Singing Strings, an all-girl string quartet.
Kathy began singing at clubs in New Jersey and the Philadelphia area. Songwriter and producer Joe Leahy signed Kathy to a recording contract that he later transferred to Felsted Records (a division of London Records). In 1957 she recorded It’s Just My Luck To Be Fifteen, but the single failed to attract any attention.
Joe and his orchestra then recorded Kathy singing Billy, a song recorded by The American Quartet in 1911. That single reached #7 on the Hot 100 in 1958. Kathy recorded an album that year, That Certain Boy, but none of the other singles from the album charted.
Her record label released five more of her singles in 1959. The only record that did well was Goodbye Jimmy Goodbye. The record peaked at #11 on the Hot 100 and somehow reached #2 in Sweden.
By 1962, Kathy had recorded at least eight more singles for three other labels, but none of them had charted.
Kathy became a Christian in 1980 and began recording Christian music. She travelled and led services for churches. Kathy turned 81 in 2019 and celebrated by releasing a new album of new religious and country songs and a few instrumentals.
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