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Linda Griner


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Linda was born to Richard and Celestine Griner in Washington DC. Her mother was from the British West Indies (Kingston Jamaica) and her father was from Georgia.Linda inherited her vocal talent from her mother
and her tenacity from her father who was a great fighter Dick Griner. Who was a light heavy weight champion
of the south.

She started performing at 8yrs of age singing gospel and traveling summers in small churches throughout

the east coast. Linda went to school in DC and attended Howard University in the Nations Capital. She met
her first manager Angelo Benedetti who immediately recognized her a talent night at the club he was
managing called the Ko Ko Club. He enrolled her into Ophelia Modeling School in Washington DC which was
a great finishing school for Linda.

Mr. Bernadette was responsible for Linda putting together a successful nightclub act that took Linda worldwide to some of the finest clubs and venues in the world. Having the advantage of a nightclub act with 27 piece band charts she said was the ultimate. It enabled her to work around the country and tour worldwide with many bands and clubs, which was a great start for her career. She landed a job at the Howard Theater in Washington DC, which was like the Apollo in New York equivalent.

Smokey Robinson discoverd Linda at the Howard Theater. After seeing her perfrom he immediately called Berry Gory to put a contract together. Smokey was vice president of Motown at the time so his word was as good as a signed contract.


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