Roberta Flack

Genres: Holiday & Seasonal Music Videos & Concerts Musicals & The Arts Pop / Rock R&B / Soul Vocals
Descriptive "tags": soul female vocalists jazz 70s rnb Powered by AudioScrobbler
Decades Active: 1970s 1980s 1990s 2000s
Artist Compilations: Eric Mercury & Roberta Flack Roberta Flack & Maxi Priest
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Biography

10 February 1937, Asheville, North Carolina, USA. Born into a musical family, Flack graduated from Howard University with a BA in music. She was discovered singing and playing jazz in a Washington nightclub by pianist Les McCann, who recommended her talents to Atlantic Records. Two classy albums, First Take andChapter Two, garnered considerable acclaim for their skilful, often introspective, content before Flack achieved huge success with a poignant version of folk-singer Ewan MacColl’s ballad, ‘First Time Ever I Saw Your Face’. Recorded in 1969, it was a major international hit three years later, following its inclusion in the movie Play Misty For Me. Further hits came with ‘Where Is The Love’ (1972), a duet with Donny Hathaway, and ‘Killing Me Softly With His Song’ (1973), where Flack’s penchant for sweeter, more MOR-styled compositions gained an ascendancy. Her cool, almost unemotional style benefited from a measured use...

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