Love Letters

Bonus comment: this version never leaves one alone.

You may not have heard of Ketty Lester (née Revoyda Frierson) but you will have heard ‘Love Letters’. Written in 1945 for a movie of the same name, it was released by Miss Lester in 1962 where it reached the top 5 charts in both the US and the UK. The song has been featured in David Lynch’s Blue Velvet (where love letters are referred to as bullets by a very psychopathic Dennis Hopper) and more recently, Killing Them Softly where the aforementioned concept rather interestingly is executed (I don’t want to give away too much.)

Despite that connotation, Love Letters is a pure and beautiful song and no performance other than Ketty’s is matched by it.