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Roberta Flack
Roberta Flack

Roberta Flack (born February 10, 1937 in Asheville, North Carolina) is an American singer. A notable performer in the areas of jazz, soul, and folk. Flack is best known for singles such as "Killing Me Softly With His Song", which won the 1974 Grammy for Record of the Year, and "Where Is the Love", the latter being one of her many duets with Donny Hathaway. Image File history File links Roberta_Flack. ... Image File history File links Roberta_Flack. ... February 10 is the 41st day of the year in the Gregorian Calendar. ... 1937 (MCMXXXVII) was a common year starting on Friday (link will take you to calendar). ... Asheville City Hall. ... Ercole de Roberti: Concert, c. ... Jazz is an original American musical art form that originated around the start of the 20th century in New Orleans, rooted in African American musical styles blended with Western music technique and theory. ... For other uses, see Soul music (disambiguation). ... Folk music, in the original sense of the term, is music by and for the common people. ... Killing Me Softly with His Song is a song composed by Charles Fox and Norman Gimbel. ... The 16th Grammy Awards were held in 1974, and were broadcast live on American television. ... The Record of the Year is one of the two most prestigious Grammy Awards presented annually. ... Donny Hathaway (1945-1979) continues to influence many of todays great musicians. ...

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Biography

Flack was raised in Arlington, Virginia. She discovered the African American musical heritage when she heard Mahalia Jackson and Sam Cooke sing in a black Baptist church to which her family did not belong Mahalia Jackson Mahalia Jackson (October 26, 1911–January 27, 1972) was an American gospel singer, widely regarded as the best in the history of the genre. ... Sam Cooke (January 22, 1931 – December 11, 1964) was a popular and influential American gospel, R&B, soul, pop singer, songwriter, and entrepreneur. ...


In her early teens, Flack so excelled at classical piano that Howard University awarded her a full music scholarship. She matriculated at Howard at the age of 15, making her one of the youngest students ever to enroll there. She eventually changed her major from piano to voice, and became an assistant conductor of the university choir. Her direction of a production of Aida received a standing ovation from the Howard faculty. Howard University is a historically black university in Washington, D.C. Howard was established in 1867 by congressional order and named after Oliver O. Howard. ... // Introduction This article is about the marketing term, AIDA. For other uses of the term, see Aida (disambiguation). ...


Flack became the first black student teacher at an all-white school near Chevy Chase, Maryland. She graduated from Howard at 19 and began graduate studies in music, but the sudden death of her father forced her to take a job teaching music and English for $2800 a year in Farmville North Carolina, a "very segregated, very backwards" town that was a far cry from Chevy Chase. The joys of exposing the school's 1,300 students to music barely outweighed the frustration of teaching them basic grammar when many were functionally illiterate. Chevy Chase is the name of both a town and an unincorporated Census-Designated Place in Montgomery County, Maryland (see Chevy Chase (CDP), Maryland). ...


Flack then taught school for some years in Montgomery County, Maryland. During this period, her music career began to take shape on evenings and weekends in Washington area night spots. At the Tivoli Club, she accompanied opera singers at the piano. During intermissions, she would sing blues and folk songs and pop standards in a back room, accompanying herself on the piano. Later she performed several nights a week at the 1520 Club, again accompanying herself on the piano. Around this time, her voice teacher told her that he saw a brighter future for her in pop music than the classics, she modified her repertoire accordingly and her reputation spread. A Capitol Hill night club, Mr. Henry's, built a performance area especially for her Montgomery County is a suburban county located in the U.S. state of Maryland north of Washington, D.C. The county, sometimes referred to informally as MoCo, is the most populous jurisdiction in Maryland and one of the most affluent in the nation. ...


In 1999, a star with Flack's name was placed on Hollywood's Walk of Fame. That same year, she gave a concert tour in South Africa, whose final concert was attended by President Nelson Mandela. A Walk of Fame is a public installation which honours celebrities by embedding star-shaped tiles bearing the names of famous people in a sidewalk. ... Nelson Rolihlahla Mandela (IPA ) (born July 18, 1918) was the first President of South Africa to be elected in fully-representative democratic elections. ...


Flack is a member of the Artist Empowerment Coalition, which advocates the right of artists to control their creative properties.


Recording and performing

When Flack did a benefit concert for the Inner City Ghetto Children's Library Fund, Les McCann happened to be in the audience. He later said: "Her voice touched, tapped, trapped, and kicked every emotion I've ever known. I laughed, cried, and screamed for more...she alone had the voice!" Very quickly he arranged an audition for her with Atlantic Records, during which she played 42 songs in 3 hours for producer Joel Dorn. In November of 1968, she recorded 39 song demos in less than 10 hours. Three months later, Atlantic recorded her debut album, "First Take", in a mere 10 hours. Flack later spoke of those studio session as a "very naive and beautiful approach...I was comfortable with the music because I had worked on all these songs for all the years I had worked at Mr. Henry's." Les McCann (September 23, 1935, Lexington, KY) is jazzman who saw a great of success as a crossover artist. ...


Flack's Atlantic recordings did not sell particularly well until Clint Eastwood chose a song from First Take, The First Time Ever I Saw Your Face, for the sound track of his directorial debut Play Misty for Me; it became a #1 hit in 1972. Eastwood has remained an admirer and friend of Flack ever since. In1983, she recorded the end music to the Dirty Harry film Sudden Impact. This article refers to the actor/producer/director. ... The First Time Ever I Saw Your Face A breakout hit song for Roberta Flack. ... Play Misty for Me is a 1971 thriller film, directed by Clint Eastwood, about a radio disc jockey who becomes the target of an obsessed female fan, played by Jessica Walter. ... See also: 1971 in music, other events of 1972, 1973 in music, 1970s in music and the list of years in music // Events January 17 - Highway 51 South in Memphis, Tennessee is renamed Elvis Presley Blvd January 20 - Pink Floyd debuts Dark Side of the Moon during a performance at... Dirty Harry is a 1971 film directed by Don Siegel, the first of the series. ... Sudden Impact is a 1983 movie in the Dirty Harry series, directed by and starring Clint Eastwood. ...


Flack soon began recording regularly with Donny Hathaway, including her second #1 hit being "Killing Me Softly with His Song" (1973; see 1973 in music). She and Hathaway continued recording successfully together until Hathaway's 1979 suicide. She began working with Peabo Bryson with more limited success, charting as high as #5 on the Black Singles charts (plus #16 Pop and #4 Adult Contemporary) with "Tonight I Celebrate My Love" in 1983. Her next two singles with Bryson, "You're Looking Like Love To Me" and "I Just Came Here To Dance," fared better on adult contemporary (AC) radio than on pop or R&B radio. "Set the Night to Music", a 1991 duet with Jamaican vocalist Maxi Priest, peaked at #6 on the Billboard Hot 100 charts and #2 AC. Flack's smooth R&B sound lent itself easily to Easy Listening airplay during the 1970s, and she has had four #1 AC hits. Donny Hathaway (1945-1979) continues to influence many of todays great musicians. ... Killing Me Softly with His Song is a song composed by Charles Fox and Norman Gimbel. ... 1973 (MCMLXXIII) was a common year starting on Monday. ... See also: 1972 in music, other events of 1973, 1974 in music, 1970s in music and the list of years in music // January 9 - Mick Jaggers request for a Japanese visa is rejected on account of a 1969 drug bust, putting an abrupt end to The Rolling Stones plans... See also: 1978 in music, other events of 1979, 1980 in music, 1970s in music and the list of years in music // Stevie Wonder uses Compact Disc technology in recording his album Journey through the Secret Life of Plants. ... Suicide (from Latin sui caedere, to kill oneself) is the act of willfully ending ones own life. ... Peabo Bryson (born Robert Peabo Bryson on April 13, 1951) is an American R&B and soul singer, born in Greenville, South Carolina. ... See also: 1982 in music, other events of 1983, 1984 in music, 1980s in music and the list of years in music // Events The most long-term influential release of 1983 is probably Head over Heels by the Cocteau Twins, which sold poorly upon its initial release. ... See also: 1990 in music, other events of 1991, 1992 in music, 1990s in music and the list of years in music // Events 1991 was the year that grunge music made its popular breakthrough. ... Maxi Priest (born Max Alfred Elliott on June 10, 1960) is a reggae singer from England. ... The Billboard Hot 100 is the United States music industry standard singles popularity chart issued weekly by Billboard magazine. ... Easy listening music is a style of popular music which emerged in the mid-20th century. ...


Trivia

When Flack played the gold record she won for "Killing Me Softly With His Song" on a turntable, what she heard was "Come Softly to Me" by The Fleetwoods. The Fleetwoods were a singing trio from Olympia, Washington, USA. Gary Troxel and Gretchen Christopher were two high schoolers waiting for Gretchens mother to pick them up after school to take them home. ...


In 1986, Flack sang the theme song entitled "Together Through the Years" for the NBC television series "The Hogan Family". The song was used for all of the show's six seasons. The Hogan Family was an American television situation comedy that aired from March 1, 1986 to July 20, 1991. ...


In 1996, The Fugees famously covered Killing Me Softly with His Song.


Flack is the aunt of the professional ice skater Rory Flack Burghardt.


Discography

Albums

Year Album U.S. Pop U.S. R&B UK
1969 First Take 1 1 -
1970 Chapter Two 33 4 -
1971 Quiet Fire 18 4 -
1972 Roberta Flack & Donny Hathaway 3 2 -
1973 Killing Me Softly 3 2 40
1975 Feel Like Makin' Love 24 5 -
1977 Blue Lights in the Basement 8 5 -
1978 Roberta Flack 74 37 -
1980 Featuring Donny Hathaway 25 4 31
1980 Live & More (with Peabo Bryson) 52 10 -
1982 I'm The One 59 16 -
1983 Born to Love (with Peabo Bryson) 25 8 -
1988 Oasis 159 24 -
1991 Set the Night to Music 110 - -
1995 Roberta - - -
1997 The Christmas Album - - -
2001 Holiday - - -

The Billboard 200 is a ranking of the 200 highest-selling music albums and EPs in the United States, published weekly by Billboard magazine. ... Peabo Bryson (born Robert Peabo Bryson on April 13, 1951) is an American R&B and soul singer, born in Greenville, South Carolina. ...

Compilations

Year Album U.S. Pop U.S. R&B UK
1980 The Best of Roberta Flack - - -
1984 Greatest Hits - - 35
1993 Softly with These Songs: The Best of Roberta Flack - - 7
2006 The Very Best of Roberta Flack - - -

The Billboard 200 is a ranking of the 200 highest-selling music albums and EPs in the United States, published weekly by Billboard magazine. ...

Singles

Year Single U.S. Hot 100 U.S. R&B U.S. A/C UK Singles Chart
1971 "You've Got a Friend" (with Donny Hathaway) 29 8 36 -
1971 "You've Lost That Lovin' Feeling" (with Donny Hathaway) 71 30 - -
1972 "The First Time Ever I Saw Your Face" 1 4 1 14
1972 "Where Is the Love" (with Donny Hathaway) 5 1 1 29
1972 "Will You Still Love Me Tomorrow" 76 38 15 -
1973 "Killing Me Softly with His Song" 1 2 2 6
1973 "Jesse" 30 19 3 -
1974 "Feel Like Makin' Love" 1 1 1 34
1975 "Feelin' That Glow" 76 25 38 -
1978 "25th of Last December" - 52 28 -
1978 "If Ever I See You Again" 24 37 1 -
1978 "When It's Over" - 82 - -
1978 "The Closer I Get to You" (with Donny Hathaway) 2 1 3 -
1979 "You Are Everything" - 98 - -
1980 "Back Together Again" (with Donny Hathaway) 56 18 - 3
1980 "Don't Make Me Wait Too Long" - 67 - -
1980 "You Are My Heaven" (with Donny Hathaway) 47 8 46 -
1981 "Love Is a Waiting Game" - 46 - -
1981 "Make the World Stand Still" - 13 - -
1982 "I'm the One" 42 - 10 -
1982 "In the Name of Love" - 80 24 -
1982 "Making Love" 13 29 7 -
1983 "Tonight I Celebrate My Love" (with Peabo Bryson) 16 5 4 -
1984 "I Just Came Here to Dance" (with Peabo Bryson) - - 15 -
1984 "If I'm Still Around Tomorrow" (vocals on single by Sadao Watanabe) - - 31 -
1984 "You're Looking Like Love to Me" (with Peabo Bryson) 58 - 5 -
1988 "Oasis" - 1 13 -
1989 "Uh-Uh Ooh-Ooh Look Out (Here It Comes)" - 37 - -
1991 "Set the Night to Music" (with Maxi Priest) 6 45 2 -
1992 "You Make Me Feel Brand New" - 50 - -

The Billboard Hot 100 is the United States music industry standard singles popularity chart issued weekly by Billboard magazine. ... Hot R&B/Hip-Hop Songs, formerly known as Top Soul Singles, Top Black Singles, and Top R&B Singles (before the hip-hop term was added in the late 1990s), is a chart released weekly by Billboard in the United States. ... The Adult Contemporary chart (formerly known as Adult Contemporary Singles) lists the most popular songs weekly calculated by airplay and occasionally sales. ... The UK Singles Chart is currently compiled by The Official UK Charts Company (OCC) on behalf of the British record industry. ... Donny Hathaway (1945-1979) continues to influence many of todays great musicians. ... Youve Lost That Lovin Feeling is a song by the Righteous Brothers. ... The First Time Ever I Saw Your Face A breakout hit song for Roberta Flack. ... Will You Love Me Tomorrow is the title of a song written by Gerry Goffin and Carole King. ... Killing Me Softly with His Song is a song composed by Charles Fox and Norman Gimbel. ... Peabo Bryson (born Robert Peabo Bryson on April 13, 1951) is an American R&B and soul singer, born in Greenville, South Carolina. ... Sadao Watanabe can refer to: Sadao Watanabe (musician) Sadao Watanabe (artist) This is a disambiguation page — a navigational aid which lists other pages that might otherwise share the same title. ... Maxi Priest (born Max Alfred Elliott on June 10, 1960) is a reggae singer from England. ...

See also

This is a list of number-one hits in the United States by year from the Billboard Hot 100. ... This is a list of recording artists who have reached number one on Billboard magazines weekly pop singles chart(s). ... This is a list of number-one dance hits as recorded by Billboard Magazine’s Hot Dance Music/Club Play chart — a weekly national survey of popular songs in U.S. dance clubs. ... This is a list of recording artists who have reached number one on Billboard magazines Hot Dance Club Play chart. ...

External links

  • Official web site
  • Peter Reilly's review of Quiet Fire

  Results from FactBites:
 
Roberta Flack - Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia (442 words)
Roberta Flack (born February 10, 1939 in Asheville, North Carolina) is an American singer.
A notable performer in the areas of jazz, soul, and folk, Flack is best known for singles such as "Killing Me Softly With His Song", which won the 1974 Grammy for Record of the Year, and "Where Is the Love", the latter being one of her many duets with Donny Hathaway.
Flack began her professional career recording for Atlantic Records without much success, until one of her earliest recordings, The First Time Ever I Saw Your Face, (1969) was included on the soundtrack to Clint Eastwood's directorial debut Play Misty for Me; it became a #1 hit in 1972.
Roberta Flack (1988 words)
Roberta Flack covered a fair amount of ground in her ten years of commercial success: starting as a jazz-fusion stylist, she moved on to intricately-produced pop and even disco.
The closest thing to Flack's later work is the hit single "The First Time Ever I Saw Your Face," where her unpretentious singing is a perfect match for the uncluttered melody and arrangement.
Though as usual Flack didn't write a note on the album, it's a fine introduction to her approach - the only real dud is at least interesting: the string-fest "Suzanne" (another Cohen cover).
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