Ketty Lester

Genres: Comedy Drama Musicals & The Arts R&B / Soul Vocals
Descriptive "tags": soul jazz female vocalists 60s northern soul rock and roll Powered by AudioScrobbler
Decades Active: 1960s 1980s 1990s
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Biography

Revoyda Frierson, 16 August 1934, Hope, Arkansas, USA. Ketty Lester began her singing career on completing a music course at San Francisco State College. A residency at the city’s Purple Onion club was followed by a successful tour of Europe before she joined band leader Cab Calloway’s revue. Later domiciled in New York, Lester’s popular nightclub act engendered a recording contract, of which ‘Love Letters’ was the first fruit. The singer’s cool-styled interpretation of this highly popular standard, originally recorded by Dick Haymes, reached the Top 5 in both the USA and UK in 1962, eventually selling in excess of one million copies. The song has been covered many times, with notable successes for Elvis Presley and Alison Moyet. Its attractiveness was enhanced by a memorable piano figure but Lester was sadly unable to repeat the single’s accomplished balance between song, interpretation and arrangement. She later abandoned...

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