Album: Linda (1946)
Charted: 1
  • When I go to sleep
    I never count sheep
    I count all the charms about Linda
    And lately it seems
    In all of my dreams
    I walk with my arms about Linda
    But what good does it do me for Linda
    Doesn't know that I exist?
    Can't help feeling gloomy
    Think of all the lovin' I've missed
    We pass on the street
    My heart skips a beat
    I say to myself, "Hello, Linda"
    If only she'd smile
    I'd stop for a while
    And then I would get to know Linda
    But miracles still happen
    And when my lucky star begins to shine
    With one lucky break
    I'll make Linda mine

Comments: 11

  • Linda Mullin from Utica. NyMy mom named me after this song. I was born in 1962. My mom was born in 1940. I love it and it reminders me of her
  • Bob Malone from Franklin, VaThis song was popular in March 1963 when I was 8 years old. I had a huge crush on my 11 year old babysitter Linda Bridges. I haven't seen her since 1966 but this song always reminds me of her.
  • Barry from Sauquoit, NyOn March 29th 1963, Jan and Dean performed "Linda" on ABC-TV program 'American Bandstand'...
    At the time the song was at #47 on Billboard's Hot Top 100 chart; thirty-one days later on April 29th, 1963 it would peak at #28 {for 1 week} and spent 13 weeks on the Top 100...
    Between 1959 and 1966 the duo had twenty-four songs make Top 100 chart; five made the Top 10 with one reaching #1, "Surf City" for two weeks on July 14th, 1963...
    They just missed having a sixth Top 10 record when "Honolulu Lulu" peaked at #11 in 1963 {and two just made the #10 when both "Baby Talk" and "Drag City" both peaked at #10}...
    Sadly, William 'Jan' Berry passed away on March 26th, 2004 at the young age of 62 and 'Dean' Ormsby Torrence celebrated his 75th birthday nineteen days ago on March 10th {2015}.
  • Andy from Birmingham, AlUsually I've only heard Jan-&-Dean share one sound blueprint with the Beach Boys, Ronny (with the Daytonas), and the Rip Chords. They all sound so identical. But "Linda" rings out a highly Token motif, just like the Tokens ring out an unusually Beach-Boy/Jan-&-Dean motif a year later in "My Friend's Car." Just by listening, without reading any CD's, I would have easily assumed "Linda" was by the Tokens and that "My Friend's Car" was by Jan & Dean, Beach-Boys, etc. I wonder, has anyone else noticed that?
  • Steve Dotstar from Los Angeles, CaHey, I enjoy Jan's baritone voice on the Luh luh luh's
  • Brady from Niagara Falls, NyThis is the first song I can ever remember.
    Not Jan and Deans but back in 1947, I sang this song to a girl named Linda on a porch on Vermont Street in Buffalo, N.Y. I was........SIX YEARS OLD!!! Thank You.
  • Michael from Munich, GermanyThis song was NOT written by Jack Lawrence, it was written by Ann Ronell for the film score "The Story of G.I. Joe" (1945), and it was nominated for an Oscar. The song by Lawrence is an entirely different one. (editor's note: we checked with ASCAP, and Jack Lawrence is the credited songwriter on the Jan & Dean version)
  • Bill from La Crosse, WiI thought that this song was originally written for, and recorded by, Jan and Dean. I knew my mother (now 82 years of age) had been a singer on a locally-produced live-music radio program back in the '40s, but imagine my surprise when she pulled out an old metal 78-rpm disc, cut (literally!) in 1947, of HER singing the song!!!

    The 'la-la-la-la-Linda' apparently was original with Jan & Dean; it didn't appear anywhere on Mom's version. They also increased the tempo.

    BTW -- we have since taken that disc of my Mom's singing (and others -- she had around a dozen of them) and had them professionally burned onto a CD.
  • Linda from Hudsonville, MiMy Name is Linda and when I was little my dad used to sing this song to me and it would make me smile. My dad has long passed away but whenever I hear this song I think of him.
  • Linda from Smalltown, ArI didn't know until recently the story behind my name. Wynda.. aka.. Linda
  • Howard from St. Louis Park, MnWhat a great touch for Jan and Dean's version of this standard, using the line "La la la la la la la la la Linda" Sometimes I'll sing that to women I meet named Linda. They get a kick out of it.
see more comments

Editor's Picks

Jesus Thinks You're a Jerk: Rock vs. TelevangelistsSong Writing

When televangelists like Jimmy Swaggart took on rockers like Ozzy Osbourne and Metallica, the rockers retaliated. Bono could even be seen mocking the preachers.

Chris Frantz - "Genius of Love"They're Playing My Song

Chris and his wife Tina were the rhythm section for Talking Heads when they formed The Tom Tom Club. "Genius of Love" was their blockbuster, but David Byrne only mentioned it once.

Jim Adkins of Jimmy Eat WorldSongwriter Interviews

Jim talks about the impact of "The Middle" and uses a tree metaphor to describe his songwriting philosophy.

Jim McCarty of The YardbirdsSongwriter Interviews

The Yardbirds drummer explains how they created their sound and talks about working with their famous guitarists.

Stand By Me: The Perfect Song-Movie CombinationSong Writing

In 1986, a Stephen King novella was made into a movie, with a classic song serving as title, soundtrack and tone.

Billy Joe ShaverSongwriter Interviews

The outlaw country icon talks about the spiritual element of his songwriting and his Bob Dylan mention.