Linda Griner – Good Bye Cruel Love

15th January 2023 · 1960s, 1963, Music, Soul

This has to be one of the best Motown deep cuts – the solitary single released on Motown by Linda Griner. The schoolgirl singer from Washington D.C. was spotted by Smokey Robinson, who also wrote the song (with The Miracles on backing vocals).

The teenage Linda caught his attention when she supported The Miracles in her hfometown and Smokey, watching from the wings, offered her a deal on the spot.

He took her straight to Detroit to ink the deal but the contract she signed with Berry Gordy turned out to be invalid because Linda had only recently turned 15 and needed parental consent – which they withheld, insisting she went back to school to finish her education.

After recording this song in June 1962, Motown’s interest in their prodigy then cooled as they racked up eight No.1 hit singles between then and her high school graduation.

Despite her rejection after this solitary release, which remained undiscovered until it became a cult Northern Soul favourite, Griner enjoyed a lengthy recording career through the Sixties and Seventies, under the stage name Lyn Roman.

Her most successful effort came a decade later with Stop! I Don’t Need No Sympathy for the Brunswick label, but it would be the late Eighties before she made a mark again with Wanted on the Ichiban label, and Don’t Look Back.

Since 2001, she has been selling real estate in Las Vegas.