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 MacColls 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 Flacks penchant for sweeter, more MOR-styled compositions gained an ascendancy. Her cool, almost unemotional style benefited from a measured use...
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