Love Letters (song)
|Single by Ketty Lester|
|B-side||"I'm a Fool to Want You"|
|Ketty Lester singles chronology|
"Love Letters" is a 1945 popular song with lyrics by Edward Heyman and music by Victor Young. The song appeared, without lyrics, in the movie of the same name, and was nominated for the Academy Award for Best Original Song in 1945 but lost out to “It Might as Well Be Spring”.
Ketty Lester version
In 1961, Era Records released Ketty Lester's single "I'm a Fool to Want You" b/w "Love Letters". Radio listeners and disc jockeys preferred the B-side, and Lester's recording of "Love Letters", which featured Lincoln Mayorga's sparse piano arrangement and Earl Palmer on drums, rose to #5 on the Billboard Hot 100 early in 1962.
The record also reached #2 on the R&B chart and #4 in the UK Singles Chart, selling over 1 million copies, and was awarded a gold disc by the RIAA. In 1991, it was ranked 176th in the RIAA-compiled list of Songs of the Century.
Chart performance (Ketty Lester)
|Australia Kent Music Report||10 |
|Ireland IRMA||8 |
|New Zealand RIANZ||6 |
|UK Singles Chart||4 |
|USA Billboard Hot 100||5 |
|USA Hot R&B||2 |
- Al Martino - for his album This Is Love (1966).
- Andy Williams - The Academy Award-Winning "Call Me Irresponsible" and Other Hit Songs from the Movies (1964)
- Brenda Lee - The Versatile Brenda Lee (1965).
- Cilla Black - Is It Love? (1965)
- Diana Krall - The Look of Love (2001)
- Dick Haymes (in 1945, US #11)
- Dinah Washington (1961) - later appeared on the CD The Complete Dinah Washington on Mercury, Vol. 7 (1961) (1989).
- Elvis Presley (in 1966, US #19, UK #6)
- Engelbert Humperdinck - for the album Engelbert Humperdinck (1969).
- Eydie Gormé - Eydie in Love (1958)
- Jack Jones - for his album Lollipops and Roses (1961).
- Johnnie Ray - in his album Johnnie Ray (1962).
- Joni James - for her album When I Fall in Love (1955).
- Julie London - Love Letters (1962)
- Frankie Miller had a hit with his version in Belgium and the Netherlands in 1977.
- Alison Moyet - Raindancing (1987 UK #4)
- Nat King Cole - Love Is the Thing (1957)
- Patti Page - Say Wonderful Things (1963)
- Perry Como - Saturday Night with Mr. C (1958)
- Rosemary Clooney - Ring Around Rosie (1957)
- Sammy Davis Jr. - included in his album Sammy Awards (1959).
- Steve Lawrence - Academy Award Losers (1964).
- Tony Bennett - Cloud 7 (1955)
- Vera Lynn - The Wonderful Vera (1963) and Vera Lynn in Nashville (1977).
- Vic Damone - for his album Now (1981) and in the CD set Greatest Love Songs of the Century (1997).
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