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Awards

5TH ANNUAL GRAMMY AWARDS

(1962)

  • Nominations

    • BEST SOLO VOCAL PERFORMANCE, FEMALE

      •  Love Letters (Album)

Theatre World Award

(1964)

  •   In 1964, she won a Theatre World Award for her performance in the off-Broadway show Cabin in the Sky.

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Acheivements 

  • Ketty Lester was the first African American women to appear on a day time Soap Opera and the first to appear in the Zeigfield Follies.

  • Her 1962 hit single, "Love Letters", reached the top 5 of the charts in the U.S. and the U.K.  

    • 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.        

  • In 1962, she toured the UK as support act on the Everly Brothers tour.                                    

    • The follow-up, a version of George and Ira Gershwin's "But Not for Me" from the musical Girl Crazy, reached #41 in the U.S. 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) and was nominated for a Grammy in the Best Female Pop Vocal Performance category