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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, future first wife of the Beatle Paul McCartney.)
The song did not get published until after Lawrence left the military, and was then recorded by a number of performers, but the two biggest hit versions were by Ray Noble's orchestra (with a vocal by Buddy Clark) and by Charlie Spivak.
The recording by Ray Noble and Buddy Clark was recorded on November 15, 1946 and released by Columbia Records. It first reached the Billboard magazine charts on March 21, 1947 and lasted thirteen weeks on the chart, peaking at number one.
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 & 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 & Dean recording). However, a quick check of the writing credit on the 45 label (not to mention the obviously similar lyrics) will show that theirs is a cover of the Jack Lawrence tune. Disregard any incorrect author credits anywhere that attempt to state that Lawrence and Ronell actually collaborated on the same singular song.
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