"I've Told Ev'ry Little Star" is a song with an unusually distinguished pedigree for a pop song: It has music by theater composer Jerome Kern and lyrics by writer/producer/director Oscar Hammerstein II. Both of these are monolithic names in theater. Kern produced over 700 songs used in over 100 musical shows of both Broadway and Hollywood. Hammerstein, you will of course remember as one-half of Rodgers & Hammerstein. The song was originally written for the stage musical Music in the Air.
The story of the two composers in fact has a dramatic hook hung upon it by this song: It seems that Jerome Kern collapsed on a street corner in New York in 1945, at the age of 60, from a cerebral hemorrhage. Upon his hospitalization, his longtime friend and collaborator Oscar Hammerstein was at his bedside. Hammerstein hummed the tune to "I've Told Ev'ry Little Star" to Kern and, encountering no response from him, knew he had passed on.
Linda Scott's version is the best-known today. She was on the Billboard charts' Top 40 twice more, with "Don't Bet Money Honey" at #9 and "I Don't Know Why" at #12, also in 1961. Scott hailed from Queens New York, and signed to Canadian-American Records while still in high school. This song was also her first hit, and the single went Gold.
What became of Linda Scott? Well, her career wound down about by 1967, and then she continued her education, including serving in the US Army as a medical laboratory technician and picking up a degree in Theology from Kingsway Christian College and Theological Seminary. She later married a serviceman and had one child, and the latest anyone's heard is that she's teaching a music class at an academy in New York. It always seems to go this way with early teen pop singers.
And now for the moment David Lynch fans have been waiting for: "I've Told Ev'ry Little Star" was featured in the 2001 film Mulholland Drive. In fact, it was central to the film and a pivotal plot point as well; it's the song that walking-MacGuffin Camilla Rhodes (played by Melissa George) chooses for her audition in the film that director Adam Kesher (played by Justin Theroux) is casting. But it's kind of a stretch to say he's casting it - actually, he is under pressure from the classic Lynch counsel-of-vague-evil goon squad to put this specific actress in the role. They even tell him the exact words to say ("This is THE GIRL!"), which he does at the moment of truth over this very song playing in the background.