Love Letters (song)

"Love Letters" is a 1945 popular song with music by Victor Young and lyrics by Edward Heyman. The song appeared, without lyrics, in the movie of the same name, and was nominated for the Academy Award for Best Song for 1945.

The song has been performed many times, but the best-known versions were made by:

  • Dick Haymes (in 1945, US #11)
  • Ketty Lester (in 1962, US #5, US R&B #2, UK #4)
  • Elvis Presley (in 1966, US #19, UK #6)
  • Alison Moyet (in 1987, UK #4)

The song has also been recorded by:

  • Nat King Cole, on his 1957 album Love Is the Thing
  • Maureen O'Hara, on her 1958 album Love Letters from Maureen O'Hara
  • Jack Jones, for his 1961 album Lollipops and Roses
  • Shelley Fabares, on her 1962 album Shelley!
  • Stanley Turrentine, on his 1964 album Hustlin'
  • Cilla Black, for her 1965 album Cilla
  • Sandie Shaw, for her 1965 album Sandie
  • Earl Grant, for his 1965 album Spotlight On Earl Grant
  • Billy Thorpe & the Aztecs released as a single November 1965
  • The Lettermen, for their 1966 album A New Song for Young Love
  • Don Patterson, from his 1967 album Soul Happening!
  • Sergio Franchi on his 1968 RCA Victor album I'm A Fool to Want You
  • Engelbert Humperdinck, on his 1969 Parrot Records LP (PAS 71030) album Engelbert Humperdinck
  • Fox, for their debut 1975 album Fox
  • Frankie Miller, for his 1977 album Full House
  • Teresa Carpio & George Lam, for their 1978 album Teresa Carpio & Lam
  • Modern Romance, for their 1983 album Party Tonight
  • Joe Walsh, for his 1983 album You Bought It – You Name It
  • Miki Matsubara for her 1984 album Blue Eyes
  • Steve Jones, Ex-Sex Pistol; for his 1987 Solo Album Mercy
  • Jenni Forbes, for the 1990 film "The Crossing"
  • Sinéad O'Connor, for her 1992 album Am I Not Your Girl?
  • Elton John & Bonnie Raitt, for the 1993 album Duets
  • Ruth Brown, for her 1997 album R+B = Ruth Brown
  • Etta James, for her 2001 album Blue Gardenia
  • Diana Krall, for her 2001 album The Look of Love
  • Jason Donovan, for his 2008 album Let It Be Me
  • Dex Romweber Duo, from their 2009 album "Ruins of Berlin"

American film director David Lynch used Ketty Lester's version on the soundtrack for his 1986 film, Blue Velvet.

Famous quotes containing the words love and/or letters:

    When love ends, we cry out against destiny. When friendship ends, we cry out against our friend.
    Mason Cooley (b. 1927)

    When griefs are genuine, I find, there is nothing more vacuous, more burdensome, or even more impertinent, than letters of consolation.
    Philip Dormer Stanhope, 4th Earl Chesterfield (1694–1773)