Kathy Linden

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Kathy Linden (born 1938), is an American pop singer from Moorestown Township, New Jersey. She grew up in Burlington, New Jersey.

Linden scored two big hits on the U.S. Billboard Hot 100 late in the 1950s. The first was "Billy", a song originally written in 1911; it hit number seven in 1958.[1] The second was "Goodbye Jimmy, Goodbye", a song written by a radio program director named Jack Vaughn; it rose to number eleven in 1959.[1] Both singles were released on Felsted Records and featured Joe Leahy's backing orchestra. Linden was known for having a breathy, child-like voice, even as a married woman in her 20s.

Linden's talents appeared early. Her first public appearance was as a tap and ballet dancer when she was five years old. Since then, she acted in school plays and musicals, appeared in public pageants, played piano and violin in several local symphony orchestras, and with an all-girl string quintet called the Singing Strings.

She attended the University of New Hampshire Summer Youth Music School in 1954, was a soprano soloist with the All State Chorus in 1955, and studied at the Philadelphia Conservatory of Music.

As featured vocal solist with the Singing Strings, she appeared in many well-known spots in Philadelphia and New Jersey. She also sang with several local bands, including Glen Gale's orchestra.

At 19, she was discovered by record producer and trumpeter Joe Leahy when she auditioned for him. He was so intrigued with her sound that he recorded her and her first release was "It's Just My Luck to Be Fifteen." He transferred her recording contract to Felsted Records, a subsidiary of London Records which had just set up shop that year. She debuted on Felsted with "Billy".

"Goodbye Jimmy, Goodbye" became an international hit, not least in Sweden, where Linden's version peaked at no 3, where it stayed for many weeks in September and October 1959.

Discography[edit]

Albums[edit]

Year Album Record label
1958 That Certain Boy Felsted Records

Singles[edit]

Year Title Peak chart
positions
Record Label B-side Album
US
1957 "It's Just My Luck To Be Fifteen" National Records "The Touch Of Love"
1958 "Billy" 7 Felsted Records "If I Could Hold You in My Arms" That Certain Boy
"You'd Be Surprised" 50 "Why Oh Why"
"Oh Johnny, Oh!" "Georgie"
1959 "Kissin' Conversation" "Just a Sandy Haired Boy Called Sandy"
"Somebody Loves You" "You Walked Into My Life"
"Goodbye Jimmy, Goodbye" 11 "Heartaches At Sweet Sixteen"
"You Don't Know Girls" 92 "So Close To My Heart"
"Mary Lou Wilson And Johnny Brown" "Think Love"
1960 "Allentown Jail" Monument Records "That's What Love Is"
"Midnight" "The Willow Weeps"
"Take Me Home (To My Lover)" "We Had Words"
1961 "Take Me Home, Jimmy" "So In Love (With You)"
"Put This Ring On My Finger" RPC Records "Billy Is My Boyfriend"
1962 "Remember Me (To Jimmy)" Capitol Records "Beautiful Brown Eyes"
"There'll Always Be Sadness" "Words"
"If You Really Love Me (Take Me Home)" "Jimmy"

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b Joel Whitburn, The Billboard Book of Top 40 Hits. 7th edn, 2000

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