Ketty Lester (16 August 1934 - ) is an American singer and television actress who is probably best recalled for her 1962 hit single “Love Letters” which reached into the Top 5 of the music charts in both the United States and the United Kingdom.

Born Revoyda Friederson in Hope, Arkansas, Lester began her singing career after studying music at San Francisco State College and performing in the city’s Purple Onion club in the early 1950s. Later she would join Cab Calloway’s orchestra on a European tour. After a brief sting in an off-Broadway production entitled Cabin in the Sky she was signed to Era Records which relased the single Love Letters in 1962. The song would become a Top 5 seller in both the United Kingdom and the United States and reach Number #2 on the R&B Charts.

Lester would later establish herself as a television actress in the 1970s and 1980s. She would play the roles of ‘Helen Grant’ on the soap opera Days of Our Lives from 1975 to 1977 and ‘Hester-Sue Terhune’ on the NBC television series Little House on the Prairie.

Edited by Oollo on 21 Sep 2007, 01:15

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