1961 Linda Scott – I Don’t Know Why (I Just Do)
Linda Joy Sampson grew up in New York and New Jersey in the late forties and early fifties. While still in high school, Linda auditioned for Arthur Godfrey’s radio show. Arthur hired her, and she sang on the show for three years. Epic Records released a recording of Linda singing In Between Teen, listing her name as Linda Sampson. The single failed to chart.
When she was sixteen, Linda signed a recording contract with Canadian-American Records, and recorded her first album. Her first single came from the 1932 play Music in the Air. I’ve Told Ev’ry Little Star reached #3 on the Hot 100 in early 1961. The record sold over a million copies and earned Linda a gold record.
Linda wrote her next single herself. Don’t Bet Money Honey peaked at #9 on the Hot 100 later that year. It also reached #3 on the Adult Contemporary (AC) chart and #22 on the R&B chart. Linda also wrote music and additional lyrics for the nursery rhyme Starlight, Starbright. Her record company used the recording as the b-side of the single, and it reached #44 on the Hot 100.
Her third single also came from her album and again featured Linda covering a classic song from the thirties. Fred E. Ahlert and Roy Turk published I Don’t Know Why (I Just Do) in 1931, and several artists had hit recordings with the song that year. The song became popular again in 1946, thanks to a #16 recording by Tommy Dorsey that featured vocals by Stuart Foster. Linda’s version of I Don’t Know Why peaked at #12 on the Hot 100 in 1961. The record also gave her the best showing she had on the AC chart, where it reached #2.
In 1962, Linda appeared in Chubby Checker’s film, Don’t Knock The Twist. She played a fictionalized version of herself and performed Yessiree, a song she again wrote herself. The single peaked at #60 on the Hot 100 that year.
Linda kept recording singles through at least 1967 and had three more singles reach the top twenty on the AC chart, but she never again reached the top forty on the Hot 100.
Although her solo career faded, Linda sang backup vocals on hits by other artists. Her most notable appearance on another record came in 1969 when she sang on the single I’m Gonna Make You Mine by Lou Christie.
Linda retired from show business in the early seventies and enlisted in the army. She went to work as a laboratory assistant at Fort Sam Houston. After ending her military service, she eventually began teaching music at a Christian Academy in New York City.
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