Hello, Linda Scott was a very popular female singer in the early 1960’s. She has 11 Billboard Hot 100 hits to her credit and 2 Top 10’s. She was born Linda Joy Sampson on June 1, 1945 in Queens, New York and was raised in Teaneck, New Jersey. While still in school she auditioned and won a spot on “Arthur Godfrey’s” CBS radio show, where she became a regular guest. While on the show she came to the attention of Epic Records where she made her recording debut, using her birth name Linda Sampson. Her record was “IN-BETWEEN TEEN”. There was no chart action.
In 1961 (still in high-school) she signed a recording contract with Canadian-American Records. That’s the label SANTO & JOHNNY had their million seller “SLEEP WALK” on. The label changed her recording name to Linda Scott. Her first record for her new label was a standard that was written by Oscar Hammerstein and Jerome Kern in 1932, “I’VE TOLD EVERY LITTLE STAR”. Linda’s updated version made its Hot 100 debut on March 13, 1961. The record was a huge hit as it climbed the chart and peaked at #3. “I’ve Told Every Little Star” had 14 weeks on the Hot 100 and sold over one million copies and was awarded a “Gold Record”.
Linda’s follow-up record charted in July of 1961 and became her second Top 10 hit. “DON’T BET MONEY HONEY” raced up the Billboard charts and settled at #9 enjoying 14 weeks on the Hot 100 chart. The “B” side of the record “STARLIGHT, STARBRIGHT” also became a hit, just missing the Top 40 as it reached #44. Her third record closed out 1961 in style. “I DON’T KNOW WHY” charting on October 30, 1961 just missed being a Top 10 hit, peaking at #12 and became her second straight hit to chart both “A” and “B” sides when “IT’S ALL BECAUSE” entered the chart in November and reached #50.
In 1962 she would put 5 more songs on the Hot 100 chart with “COUNT EVERY STAR” at #41 and “NEVER IN A MILLION YEARS” at #56 the biggest hits she would have in ’62. Linda was the featured artist when Canadian-American started a subsidiary label, Congress Records in 1962. Both labels released new material of hers at the same time. In 1963 she sang her 1962 hit “YESSIREE”-#60 in the Chubby Checker movie “Don’t Knock The Twist”.
Linda Scott’s last Hot 100 record came in January of 1964. “WHO’S BEEN SLEEPING IN MY BED” was on the chart for just one week and charted at #100. In 1965 she co-hosted the TV rock show “Where The Action Is” with singer Steve Alaimo. Her last record was “THEY DON’T KNOW YOU” on RCA Victor records. In 1969 she was a backing vocalist on Lou Christie’s hit “I’M GONNA MAKE YOU MINE”. She quit the music business in the early 1970’s and pursued studies in theology, earning a degree. She was in the US Army for 2 years as a lab technician, at Fort Sam Houston, Texas. She went on to become a music teacher at the Christian Academy in New York.