"Love Letters" is a 1945 popular song with lyrics by Edward Heyman and music by Victor Young. The song appeared, without lyrics, in the movie of the same name performed by Dick Haymes, and was nominated for the Academy Award for Best Original Song in 1945 but lost out to "It Might as Well Be Spring".
|Single by Ketty Lester|
|B-side||"I'm a Fool to Want You"|
|Ketty Lester singles chronology|
|Single by Elvis Presley|
|A-side||"Come What May (Elvis Presley song)"|
|Released||June 8, 1966|
|Recorded||May 26, 1966|
|Studio||RCA Studio B, Nashville|
|Songwriter(s)||Edward Heyman Victor Young|
|Elvis Presley singles chronology|
In 1961, Era Records released Ketty Lester's version of "Love Letters" b/w "I'm a Fool to Want You". Lester's recording of "Love Letters", which featured Lincoln Mayorga's sparse piano arrangement and Earl Palmer on drums, reached No. 5 on the Billboard Hot 100 in early 1962.
The record also reached No. 2 on the R&B chart and No. 4 on 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.
|Australia Kent Music Report||10|
|New Zealand RIANZ||6|
|UK Singles Chart||4|
|U.S. Billboard Hot 100||5|
|U.S. Billboard Hot R&B||2|
Elvis Presley recorded his version of Love Letters on May 26, 1966. Just over a week later on June 8, 1966 RCA released the song as a single b/w Come What May. Love Letters peaked at #19 on the Billboard Hot 100 on July 22, 1966. It was on the chart for just 7 weeks. Elvis Presley re-recorded the song in 1970 and subsequently released the new version on the album Love Letters from Elvis
|Single by Alison Moyet|
|Alison Moyet singles chronology|
In 1987, Alison Moyet released her own version of the song as a non-album single. It reached No. 4 in the UK and remained in the charts for twelve weeks. A music video was filmed to promote the single and featured Dawn French and Jennifer Saunders.
Speaking to The Quietus in 2013, Moyet revealed she recorded "Love Letters" as she knew it would be a hit: "Love Letters" and "Weak in the Presence of Beauty" – neither song I enjoy now – they're both my fault. I found them. That was when I was feeling smart, thinking that I knew what a hit was." She also told the BBC in 2004: "After my versions of "Love Letters" and "That Ole Devil Called Love" did well, there was definite pressure for me to become some sort of jazz diva."
Upon release, Music & Media described Moyet's version as "moody" and "sparsely-backed". Zodiac Mindwarp, as guest reviewer for Smash Hits, felt the song was "very well done" but reminiscent of Simply Red.
|Belgian Singles Chart (V)||24|
|Dutch Singles Chart||40|
|New Zealand RIANZ||39|
|South African Charts||11|
|UK Singles Chart||4|
The song has also been recorded by hundreds of other artists.