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Roberta Flack
Born: February 10, 1939 in Asheville, No
Active: '60s-2010s Major
Styles: Quiet Storm, Smooth Soul, Soul
Instrument: Vocals Representative
Albums: "Softly with These
Songs: The Best of Roberta Flack", "The Best of Roberta Flack", "The Very Best of Roberta Flack" Representative
Songs: "Killing Me Softly with His Song", "Tonight, I Celebrate My Love", "The First Time Ever I Saw Your Face"

UPC Type Title
8712177053520 (i) CD At Her Best-Live
081227975081 CD Best of Roberta Flack
075678158124 (i) CD Best of Roberta Flack
4943674147502 (i) CD Blue Lights in the Basement
4943674147434 (i) CD Chapter Two
4943674137497 (i) CD Chapter Two
030206717129 CD Christmas Songs
4943674147496 (i) CD Feel Like Makin' Love
075678279225 (i) CD First Take
4943674147410 (i) CD First Take
4943674137251 (i) CD First Take
4988002377862 (i) CD Friends
4943674147557 (i) CD I'm the One
4943674147489 (i) CD Killing Me Softly
4943674137503 (i) CD Killing Me Softly
4943674083671 (i) CD Killing Me Softly
9340650008768 (i) CD Killing Me Softly
081227977689 Vinyl Killing Me Softly
7798014093400 (i) CD Let It Be
795041785220 CD Let It Be: Roberta Flack Sings the Beatles
4943674147564 (i) CD Oasis
081227971991 (i) CD Original Album Series
619061331338 (i) DVD Prime Concert-in Concert W/Edmonton Sym.
4943674147458 (i) CD Quiet Fire
4943674147519 (i) CD Roberta (1994)
4943674147533 (i) CD Roberta Flack Feat. Donny Hathaway
886919707328 CD S.O.U.L
4943674159376 (i) CD Softly with These Songs the Best of
4943674128990 (i) CD Softly with These Songs: Best of
081227333225 CD Very Best of Roberta Flack

Biography: Classy, urbane, reserved, smooth, and sophisticated -- all of these terms have been used to describe the music of Roberta Flack, particularly her string of romantic, light jazz ballad hits in the 1970s, which continue to enjoy popularity on MOR-oriented adult contemporary stations. Flack was the daughter of a church organist and started playing piano early enough to get a music scholarship and eventually, a degree from Howard University. After a period of student teaching, Flack was discovered singing at a club by jazz musician Les McCann and signed to Atlantic.

Her first two albums -- 1969's First Take and 1970's Chapter Two --

were well received but produced no hit singles; however, that all changed when a version of Ewan MacColl's "The First Time Ever I Saw Your Face," from her first LP, was included in the soundtrack of the 1971 film Play Misty for Me. The single zoomed to number one in 1972 and remained there for six weeks, becoming that year's biggest hit. Flack followed it with the first of several duets with Howard classmate Donny Hathaway, "Where Is the Love." "Killing Me Softly with His Song" became Flack's second number one hit (five weeks) in 1973, and after topping the charts again in 1974 with "Feel Like Makin' Love," Flack took a break from performing to concentrate on recording and charitable causes.

She charted several more times over the next few years, as she did with the Top Ten 1977 album Blue Lights in the Basement -- featuring "The Closer I Get to You," a number two ballad with Hathaway. A major blow was struck in 1979 when her duet partner, one of the most creative voices in soul music, committed suicide. Devastated, Flack eventually found another creative partner in Peabo Bryson, with whom she toured in 1980. The two recorded together in 1983, scoring a hit duet with "Tonight, I Celebrate My Love."

Flack spent the remainder of the '80s touring and performing, often with orchestras, and also several times with Miles Davis. She returned to the Top Ten once more in 1991 with "Set the Night to Music," a duet with Maxi Priest that appeared that year on the album of the same name. Her Roberta full-length, featuring interpretations of jazz and popular standards, followed in 1994. As she continued into the 21st century, Flack recorded infrequently but released albums like 2012's Let It Be Roberta: Roberta Flack Sings the Beatles, which showed that her poise and balanced singing had aged well. Varese Sarabande released a lovingly remixed version of Flack's fine 1997 holiday album Christmas Songs (it had originally appeared from Capitol Records under the title The Christmas Album) that same year, adding in an additional track, "Cherry Tree Carol." ~ Steve Huey, Rovi