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Ketty Lester

Ketty Lester
Country:United States
Releases:[Let's Talk About Jesus (single)] [I Saw Love]
Info:Revoyda Frierson better known as singer and actress Ketty Lester is born in Hope, Arkansas on August 16th, 1934.

Singer
She started her career after studying music at San Francisco State College and performing in the city's Purple Onion club in the early 1950s.

Hitsingle
She is probably best known for her 1962 R&B hit single, "Love Letters", released on Era Records, which reached the Top 5 of the charts in both the United States and the United Kingdom.

Actress
Ketty Lester later on changed her singing career into acting as a television actress in the 1970s and 1980s. She made her first appearance in the movie Up Tight! (1968) as Alma. Her last TV appearance is in the comedy series "Getting Personal" as Nana in 1998.

TV Series
She has appeared in series, like:
- Sanford and Son (1973)
- Days of Our Lives (1975 -1977) as Helen Grant.
- Little House on the Prairie (1978-1983) as Hester-Sue Terhune.
- Hill Street Blues (1983) as Mrs. Tatum
- LA Law (1991)

HipHop Single
The Encyclopedia of Popular Music claims that Ketty Lester would exclusively perform sacred music later on in her career. This would explain the hip hop flavoured "Let's Talk About Jesus" single of 1984 released on Mega Records.

Femcee
Taking into account that the first christian rap single is MC Sweet's "Jesus Christ (the gospel beat)" of 1982. Ketty Lester is the first female rapping about Jesus in 1984 making her the first christian femcee. In retrospect the second solo release of a femcee is the release of MC Ge Gee "I'm For Real" from 1990.

Rapping
Although Ketty Lester is a singer of origine the rapping is done in an old school rap fashion, almost preaching kind of way.

Album
The single "Let's Talk About Jesus" is taken of the album "I Saw Love" (1984). It's not known if there are more hip hop like tracks on the album. The album "I Saw Love" is usually dubbed gospel or soul.

Photo: Ketty Lester as Hester-Sue Terhune in Little House on the Prairie

Sources: IMDb.com ; En.wikipedia.org ; The Encyclopedia of Popular Music / Colin Larkin

Release:Let's Talk About Jesus (single)
Let's Talk About Jesus (single)
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Media:[7/12inch Vinyl]
Released:1984
Recordlabel:Mega Records & Tapes, Inc.
Info:The vinyl 12 inch record is released in 1984.
Production by David Bell.
Damosi Music (BMI).
Track by Jinny Snow.

Side 1
1. Let's talk About Jesus

Side 2
1. Let's talk About Jesus - Instrumental
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Release:I Saw Love
I Saw Love
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Media:[7/12inch Vinyl]
Released:1984
Recordlabel:Mega Records & Tapes, Inc.
Info:The vinyl 12 inch record is released in 1984. The gospel album at least contains one hip hop like track: Let's talk about Jesus.

1. One day at a time
2. Jesus laid his hands on me
3. The children
4. Jesus you touched me
5. She'd never heard of anyone called Jesus
6. I saw love
7. Have you heard
8. When I see Jesus
9. Jesus here I am again
10. Let's talk about Jesus
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