Linda (1946 song)

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"Linda" is a popular song written taking its name from then one year old future star Linda McCartney. It was written by Jack Lawrence, and published in 1946.

Composition[edit]

The song was written in 1942 when Lawrence was in the service during World War II, taking its name from the then one-year-old daughter of his attorney, Lee Eastman. (His daughter was Linda Eastman McCartney, future first wife of the Beatle Paul McCartney.)[1][2]

The song did not get published until after Lawrence left the military, and was then recorded by a number of performers, but the biggest hit was by Ray Noble's orchestra (with a vocal by Buddy Clark). Other charted versions were by Charlie Spivak (vocal by Tommy Mercer); Paul Weston (vocal by Matt Dennis); and by Larry Douglas.[3]

Recordings[edit]

The recording by Ray Noble and Buddy Clark was recorded on November 15, 1946 and released by Columbia Records.[4] It first reached the Billboard magazine charts on March 21, 1947 and lasted thirteen weeks on the chart, peaking at number one.

The recording by Charlie Spivak was recorded on November 19, 1946 and released by RCA Victor Records.[5] It first reached the Billboard magazine charts on March 28, 1947, and lasted nine weeks on the chart, peaking at number six.

Namesake[edit]

Note: There is another song titled "Linda", written by Ann Ronell for the film score of The Story of G.I. Joe (1945). It was nominated for an Oscar (but didn't win). Jan and Dean recorded a version of Lawrence's song that sometimes gets mixed up with Ronell's song (possibly due in part to the unique arrangement of the Jan and Dean recording).

Recorded versions[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ "Linda McCartney, 56, Photographer of Rock Stars", obituary by Allan Kozinn in the New York Times, 1998
  2. ^ ""Linda"". Scarsdale Inquirer (Volume XXIX, Number 39). 1947-09-26. p. 4. Retrieved 26 July 2018.
  3. ^ Whitburn, Joel (1986). Joel Whitburn's Pop Memories 1890-1954. Wisconsin, USA: Record Research Inc. p. 540. ISBN 0-89820-083-0.
  4. ^ "The Online Discographical Project". 78discography.com. Retrieved January 27, 2018.
  5. ^ "The Online Discographical Project". 78discography.com. Retrieved January 27, 2018.
  6. ^ "Bing Crosby discography". Bing Crosby discography. Retrieved January 27, 2018.
  7. ^ "Discogs.com". Discogs.com. Retrieved January 27, 2018.
  8. ^ "Discogs.com". Discogs.com. Retrieved January 27, 2018.
  9. ^ "Discogs.com". Discogs.com. Retrieved January 27, 2018.

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