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Ketty Lester

Ketty Lester
Birth name Revoyda Frierson
Born (1934-08-16) August 16, 1934
Hope, Arkansas, U.S.
Genres Traditional popular music, rhythm and blues
Occupation(s) Singer, actress
Instruments Vocals
Years active 1957–present
Labels Era Records
RCA Records
London Records (UK)

Ketty Lester (born Revoyda Frierson, August 16, 1934) is an American singer and actress, who is best known for her 1962 hit single, "Love Letters", which reached the Top 5 of the charts in both the United States and the United Kingdom.

Contents

  • Life and career 1
  • Discography 2
    • Singles 2.1
    • Albums 2.2
  • References 3
  • External Links 4

Life and career

The daughter of a farmer, she was born in Hope, Arkansas, one of 15 children, and first sang in her church and school choirs. She won a scholarship to study music at San Francisco State College, and in the early 1950s began performing under the name Ketty Lester in the city's Purple Onion club. She later toured Europe as a singer with Cab Calloway's orchestra.

Ketty Lester (as Revoyda Frierson) appeared as a contestant on the December 26, 1957 episode of

External Links

  1. ^ You Bet Your LifeLester on , Youtube.com; accessed August 15, 2015.
  2. ^ a b c d e Ketty Lester discography, SoulfulKindaMusic.net; accessed August 15, 2015.
  3. ^ a b c d e f g h Allmusic.com - Charts & Awards
  4. ^ Profile, Oldies.com; accessed August 15, 2015.
  5. ^ Murrells, Joseph (1978). The Book of Golden Discs (2nd ed.). London: Barrie and Jenkins Ltd. p. 148.  
  6. ^ Cabin in the Sky, lortel.org; accessed August 15, 2015.
  7. ^ a b Ketty Lester profile, imdb.com; accessed August 15, 2015.
  8. ^ Betts, Graham (2004). Complete UK Hit Singles 1952–2004 (1st ed.). London, UK: Collins. p. 447.  

References

  • Love Letters - 1962
  • Betty Everett & Ketty Lester - 1964 (one side each)
  • The Soul Of Me - 1964
  • Where Is Love? - 1965
  • When A Woman Loves A Man - 1966
  • Ketty Lester - 1969
  • Ketty Lester In Concert - 1977
  • A Collection Of Her Best - 1982
  • "I Saw Love" - 1984[2]

Albums

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Year Title U.S. R&B Singles Chart[3] U.S. Billboard Hot 100 Chart[3] UK Singles Chart[8]
1962 "Queen For A Day"
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1962 "Love Letters" / "I'm A Fool To Want You"
2
5
4
1962 "But Not for Me"
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41
45
1962 "You Can't Lie To A Liar"
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90
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1962 "This Land Is Your Land"
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97
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1963 "Fallen Angel"
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1964 "Some Things Are Better Left Unsaid"
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1964 "Please Don't Cry Anymore"
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1964 "I Trust You Baby"
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1964 "You Go Your Way (And I'll Go Crazy)"
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1965 "(Looking For A) Better World"
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1965 "I'll Be Looking Back"
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1966 "Secret Love"
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1966 "When A Woman Loves A Man"
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1968 "I Will Lead You"
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1968 "Measure Of A Man"
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1969 "Show Me"
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1984 "One Day At A Time"
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1984 "Have You Heard?"
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Singles

Discography

She established herself as a television actress in the 1970s and 1980s, playing the roles of "Helen Grant" on Days of Our Lives (1975-77) and as Hester-Sue Terhune on Little House on the Prairie (1978-83), as well as making short appearances in many other series. She recorded an album of Christian music entitled I Saw Him in 1984, and in 1994 played "Aunt Lucy" in House Party 3.[7]

By the early 1970s, she gave up singing commercially and turned to acting. She was reportedly offered the role eventually taken by Diahann Carroll in the 1968 TV series Julia, and appeared in a variety of movies including Up Tight! (1968), Blacula (1972), Uptown Saturday Night (1974) and The Prisoner of Second Avenue (1975).[7]

Lester continued to record for Era with little success until 1964, when she signed for RCA. She released several unsuccessful singles for that label, and two albums, The Soul of Me and Where Is Love?, in a more R&B-oriented style that has been compared to Dinah Washington and Nancy Wilson. Some of her earlier recordings also featured on one side of an album shared with previously released tracks by Betty Everett. Also in 1964, she won a Theatre World Award for her performance in the off-Broadway show Cabin in the Sky.[6] She moved to the Tower label, issuing a single and album, When A Woman Loves A Man, an answer record to Percy Sledge's "When a Man Loves a Woman". However, these releases, and later records for the Pete label including a 1968 album, Ketty Lester, met with little commercial success.[2][3]

In 1962 she toured the UK as support act on the Ira Gershwin's "But Not for Me" from the musical Girl Crazy, reached # 41 in the US pop charts and # 45 in the UK. She released an album, Love Letters, which contained the tracks "You Can't Lie to a Liar" and a cover of Woody Guthrie's "This Land Is Your Land" - both of which were issued as singles which scraped into the bottom of the Hot 100 - and was nominated for a Grammy in the Best Female Pop Vocal Performance category.[3]

The record also reached # 2 on the R&B chart, and # 4 in the UK Singles Chart, selling over one million copies, and was awarded a gold disc by the RIAA.[5] In 1991, it was ranked 176th in the RIAA-compiled list of Songs of the Century.[3]

Radio listeners and Earl Palmer on drums,[2] rose to # 5 in the Billboard Hot 100 early in 1962.[4][3]

Returning to The Four Preps and The Piltdown Men, who won her a contract with Era Records in Los Angeles. In 1961 they released her single, "I'm a Fool to Want You" b/w "Love Letters".[3]

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