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Roberta Cleopatra Flack (born February 10, 1937)[2][3] is an American singer. She is known for her #1 singles "The First Time Ever I Saw Your Face", "Killing Me Softly with His Song" and "Feel Like Makin' Love", and for "Where Is the Love" and "The Closer I Get to You", two of her many duets with Donny Hathaway. Flack was the first, and remains the only, solo artist to win the Grammy Award for Record of the Year
Grammy Award for Record of the Year
on two consecutive years: "The First Time Ever I Saw Your Face" won at the 1973 Grammys as did "Killing Me Softly with His Song" at the 1974 Grammys.


1 Early life 2 Career

2.1 Early career 2.2 1970s 2.3 1980s 2.4 Later career

3 Critical reputation 4 Personal life 5 In popular culture 6 Accolades

6.1 Grammy Awards 6.2 American Music Awards

7 Discography 8 References 9 Bibliography 10 External links

Early life[edit] Flack lived with a musical family, born in Black Mountain, North Carolina to parents Laron LeRoy and Irene Council[4] Flack[5] a church organist,[6] on February 10, 1937[7][2] (some sources also say 1939)[8][9] and raised in Arlington, Virginia.[10] Growing up she often accompanied her Episcopal church's choir playing hymns and spirituals on piano, but she also enjoyed going to the " Baptist
church down the street" to listen to contemporary gospel music, such as that performed by Mahalia Jackson
Mahalia Jackson
and Sam Cooke.[11] When Flack was nine, she started taking an interest in playing the piano,[5] and during her early teens, Flack so excelled at classical piano that Howard University
Howard University
awarded her a full music scholarship.[12] By age 15, she entered Howard University, 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 University
Howard University
faculty. Flack is a member of Delta Sigma Theta
Delta Sigma Theta
sorority and was made an honorary member of Tau Beta Sigma by the Eta Delta Chapter at Howard University
Howard University
for her outstanding work in promoting music education. Roberta Flack
Roberta Flack
became a student teacher at a school near Chevy Chase, Maryland. She graduated from Howard University
Howard University
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 in Farmville, North Carolina.[13] Career[edit] Early career[edit] Before becoming a professional singer-songwriter, Flack returned to Washington, D.C. and taught at Browne Junior High and Rabaut Junior High. She also taught private piano lessons out of her home on Euclid St. NW. During this period, her music career began to take shape on evenings and weekends in Washington, D.C. area night spots. At the Tivoli Club, she accompanied opera singers at the piano. During intermissions, she would sing blues, folk, and pop standards in a back room, accompanying herself on the piano. Later, she performed several nights a week at the 1520 Club, again providing her own piano accompaniment. Around this time, her voice teacher, Frederick "Wilkie" Wilkerson, told her that he saw a brighter future for her in pop music than in the classics. She modified her repertoire accordingly and her reputation spread.[citation needed] Flack began singing professionally after being hired to perform regularly at Mr. Henry's Restaurant, on Capitol Hill, Washington, DC in 1968.[14][15] The atmosphere in Mr. Henry’s was welcoming and the club turned into a showcase for the young music teacher. Her voice mesmerized locals and word spread. A-list entertainers who were appearing in town would come in late at night to hear her sing (frequent visitors included Woody Allen, Bill Cosby, Ramsey Lewis and others). As Yaffe recalled, “She told me if I could give her work there three nights a week, she would quit teaching.” He did and she did. To meet Roberta’s exacting standards, Yaffe transformed the apartment above the bar into the Roberta Flack
Roberta Flack
Room. “I got the oak paneling from the old Dodge Hotel near Union Station. I put in heavy upholstered chairs, sort of a conservative style from the 50s and an acoustical system designed especially for Roberta. She was very demanding. She was a perfectionist.” 1970s[edit]

Roberta Flack
Roberta Flack

Les McCann
Les McCann
discovered Flack singing and playing jazz in a Washington nightclub.[5] He later said on the liner notes of what would be her first album First Take noted below, "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 1968, she recorded 39 song demos in less than 10 hours. Three months later, Atlantic reportedly recorded Roberta's debut album, First Take, in a mere 10 hours.[10] Flack later spoke of those studio sessions 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." In 1971, Flack was a member of the legendary 1971 Soul to Soul concert film by Denis Sanders, which was headlined by soul singer Wilson Pickett along with R&B duo Ike & Tina Turner, the Santana band featuring electric guitarist and Mexican-American Carlos Santana, gospel, soul, and R&B group The Staple Singers, soul pianist/vocalist Les McCann
Les McCann
and saxophonist Eddie Harris, and The Voices of Harlem among others. The U.S. delegation of musical artists was invited to perform for 14th anniversary of African independence in Ghana.[16] The film was digitally reissued as DVD and CD packet in 2004 but Roberta Flack
Roberta Flack
declined permission for her image and recording to be included for unknown reasons. Her captivating a cappella performance of the traditional spiritual "Oh Freedom" retitled "Freedom Song" on the original Soul to Soul LP soundtrack is only available in the VHS version of the film.[17][18] Flack's cover version of "Will You Love Me Tomorrow" hit number 76 on the Billboard Hot 100
Billboard Hot 100
in 1972. Her Atlantic recordings did not sell particularly well, until actor/director Clint Eastwood
Clint Eastwood
chose a song from First Take, "The First Time Ever I Saw Your Face" written by Ewan MacColl, for the sound track of his directorial debut Play Misty for Me; it became the biggest hit of the year for 1972 – spending six consecutive weeks at #1 and earning Flack a million-selling Gold disc.[19] The First Take album also went to #1 and eventually sold 1.9 million copies in the United States. Eastwood, who paid $2,000 for the use of the song in the film,[20] has remained an admirer and friend of Flack's ever since. It was awarded the Grammy Award for Record of the Year in 1973. In 1983, she recorded the end music to the Dirty Harry
Dirty Harry
film Sudden Impact at Eastwood's request.[10] In 1972, Flack began recording regularly with Donny Hathaway, scoring hits such as the Grammy-winning "Where Is the Love" (1972) and later "The Closer I Get to You" (1978) – both million-selling gold singles.[19] Flack and Hathaway recorded several duets together, including two LPs, until Hathaway's 1979 death.[citation needed] On her own, Flack scored her second #1 hit in 1973, "Killing Me Softly with His Song" written by Charles Fox and Norman Gimbel, and originally performed by Lori Lieberman.[21] It was awarded both Record of the Year and Best Pop Vocal Performance, Female
Best Pop Vocal Performance, Female
at the 1974 Grammy Awards. Its parent album was Flack's biggest-selling disc, eventually earning double platinum certification. In 1974, Flack released "Feel Like Makin' Love," which became her third and final #1 hit to date on the Hot 100. That same year, Flack sang the lead on a Sherman Brothers song called "Freedom", which featured prominently at the opening and closing of the movie Huckleberry Finn. 1980s[edit] Roberta Flack
Roberta Flack
had a 1982 hit single with "Making Love", written by Burt Bacharach
Burt Bacharach
(the title track of the 1982 film of the same name), which reached #13. She began working with Peabo Bryson
Peabo Bryson
with more limited success, charting as high as #5 on the R&B chart (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.

Flack performing in Boston, Mass., on August 28, 2013

In 1986, Flack sang the theme song entitled "Together Through the Years" for the NBC
television series Valerie, later known as The Hogan Family. The song was used throughout the show's six seasons. Oasis was released in 1988 and failed to make an impact with pop audiences, though the title track reached #1 on the R&B chart and a remix of "Uh-Uh Ooh-Ooh Look Out (Here It Comes)" topped the dance chart in 1989. Flack found herself again in the US Top 10 with the hit song "Set the Night to Music", a 1991 duet with Jamaican vocalist Maxi Priest that peaked at #6 on the Billboard Hot 100
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. Later career[edit] In 1999, a star with Flack's name was placed on the Hollywood Walk of Fame.[12] That same year, she gave a concert tour in South Africa; the final performance was attended by President Nelson Mandela. In 2010, she appeared on the 52nd Annual Grammy Awards, singing a duet of "Where Is The Love" with Maxwell. In February 2012, Flack released Let it Be Roberta, an album of Beatles covers including "Hey Jude" and "Let It Be". It was her first recording in over eight years.[22] Flack knew John Lennon
John Lennon
and Yoko Ono, as both households moved in 1975 into The Dakota
The Dakota
apartment building in New York City, and had apartments across the hall from each other. Flack has stated that she has already been asked to do a second album of Beatles covers.[23] She is currently involved in an interpretative album of the Beatles' classics.[24] Critical reputation[edit] Flack's minimalist, classically trained approach to her songs was seen by a number of critics as lacking in grit and uncharacteristic of soul music. According to music scholar Eric Weisbard, her work was regularly described with the adjectives "boring", "depressing", "lifeless", "studied", and "calculated";[11] AllMusic's Steve Huey said it has been called "classy, urbane, reserved, smooth, and sophisticated".[25] In 1971, Village Voice
Village Voice
critic Robert Christgau reported that "Flack is generally regarded as the most significant new black woman singer since Aretha Franklin, and at moments she sounds kind, intelligent, and very likable. But she often exhibits the gratuitous gentility you'd expect of someone who says 'between you and I.'" Reviewing her body of work from the 1970s, he later argued that the singer "has nothing whatsoever to do with rock and roll or rhythm and blues and almost nothing to do with soul", comparing her middle-of-the-road aesthetic to Barry Manilow
Barry Manilow
but with better taste, which he believed does not necessarily guarantee more enduring music: "In the long run, pop lies are improved by vulgarity."[11] Personal life[edit] Flack is a member of the Artist Empowerment Coalition, which advocates the right of artists to control their creative properties. She is also a spokeswoman for the American Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals; her appearance in commercials for the ASPCA featured "The First Time Ever I Saw Your Face". In the Bronx section of New York City, the Hyde Leadership Charter School's after-school music program is called "The Roberta Flack
Roberta Flack
School of Music" and is in partnership with Flack, who founded the school, which provides free music education to underprivileged students.[26] Between 1966 and 1972, she was married to Steve Novosel.[5] Flack is the aunt of professional ice skater Rory Flack. She is mother to rhythm and blues musician Bernard Wright.[27][28] According to DNA analysis, she is of Cameroonian descent.[29] In popular culture[edit]

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Her collaboration with Donny Hathaway
Donny Hathaway
is mentioned in the song "What A Catch, Donnie" on Fall Out Boy's fourth studio album, Folie à Deux. American experimental producer Flying Lotus
Flying Lotus
had a song named after her ("RobertaFlack") on his Los Angeles album.[30] In 1991, Hong Kong singer Sandy Lam
Sandy Lam
recorded a cover version of "And So It Goes" called "微涼" in the album 夢了、瘋了、倦了. Although it was not officially promoted by the record company, it was played by many DJs. In the Red Hot Chili Peppers' song "My Lovely Man", on the album Blood Sugar Sex Magik, Anthony Kiedis
Anthony Kiedis
sang "I listen to Roberta Flack, but I know you won't come back." She is a favorite singer of Vic Wilcox, manager of an engineering firm in David Lodge's campus/industrial novel Nice Work, winner of the Sunday Express Book of the Year award in 1988. In the 2014 Marvel movie X-Men: Days of Future Past, her hit "The First Time Ever I Saw Your Face" is playing on the radio in the room when Hugh Jackman's character, Wolverine's consciousness initially arrives back in 1973. Accolades[edit] Flack was inducted into the North Carolina Music Hall of Fame in 2009.[31] Grammy Awards[edit] The Grammy Awards
Grammy Awards
are awarded annually by the National Academy of Recording Arts and Sciences. Flack has received four awards from thirteen nominations.[32]

Year Nominee/work Award Result

1972 "You've Got a Friend" (with Donny Hathaway) Best R&B Vocal Performance by a Group Nominated

1973 "The First Time Ever I Saw Your Face" Record of the Year Won

Quiet Fire Best Pop Vocal Performance, Female Nominated

"Where Is the Love" (with Donny Hathaway) Best Pop Vocal Performance by a Duo, Group or Chorus Won

1974 Killing Me Softly Album of the Year Nominated

"Killing Me Softly with His Song" Record of the Year Won

Best Pop Vocal Performance, Female Won

1975 "Feel Like Makin' Love" Record of the Year Nominated

Best Pop Vocal Performance, Female Nominated

1979 "The Closer I Get to You" (with Donny Hathaway) Best Pop Vocal Performance by a Duo or Group Nominated

1981 Roberta Flack
Roberta Flack
Featuring Donny Hathaway Best R&B Vocal Performance, Female Nominated

"Back Together Again" (with Donny Hathaway) Best R&B Performance by a Duo or Group with Vocal Nominated

1995 Roberta Best Traditional Pop Vocal Performance Nominated

American Music Awards[edit] The American Music Awards is an annual awards ceremony created by Dick Clark in 1973. Flack has received one award from six nominations.

Year Nominee/work Award Result


Favorite Female Artist (Pop/Rock) Nominated

Favorite Female Artist (Soul/R&B) Won

"Killing Me Softly with His Song" Favorite Single (Pop/Rock) Nominated


Favorite Female Artist (Soul/R&B) Nominated

"Feel Like Makin' Love" Favorite Single (Soul/R&B) Nominated


Favorite Female Artist (Soul/R&B) Nominated

Discography[edit] Main article: Roberta Flack
Roberta Flack

First Take (1969) Chapter Two (1970) Quiet Fire (1971) Roberta Flack
Roberta Flack
& Donny Hathaway
Donny Hathaway
(1972) Killing Me Softly (1973) Feel Like Makin' Love (1975) Blue Lights in the Basement (1977) Roberta Flack
Roberta Flack
(1978) Roberta Flack
Roberta Flack
Featuring Donny Hathaway
Donny Hathaway
(1979) I'm the One (1982) Born to Love (1983) Oasis (1988) Set the Night to Music (1991) Roberta (1994) The Christmas Album (1997) Holiday (2003) Let It Be Roberta (2012)


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Roberta Flack

Studio albums

First Take (1969) Chapter Two (1970) Quiet Fire (1971) Roberta Flack
Roberta Flack
& Donny Hathaway
Donny Hathaway
(1972) Killing Me Softly (1973) Feel Like Makin' Love (1975) Blue Lights in the Basement (1977) Roberta Flack
Roberta Flack
(1978) Roberta Flack
Roberta Flack
Featuring Donny Hathaway
Donny Hathaway
(1980) I'm the One (1982) Born to Love (1983) Oasis (1988) Set the Night to Music (1991) Roberta (1994) The Christmas Album (1997) Holiday (2003)

Live albums

Live & More (1980) At Her Best – Live (2008)

Soundtrack albums

Bustin' Loose (1981)

Compilation albums

The Best of Roberta Flack
The Best of Roberta Flack
(1981) Greatest Hits (1984) Softly with These Songs: The Best of Roberta Flack
The Best of Roberta Flack
(1993) The Very Best of Roberta Flack (2006)


"The First Time Ever I Saw Your Face" "Where Is the Love" "Killing Me Softly with His Song" "Feel Like Makin' Love ( Roberta Flack
Roberta Flack
song)" "The Closer I Get to You" "If Ever I See You Again" "Making Love" "Tonight, I Celebrate My Love" "Oasis" "Uh-Uh Ooh-Ooh Look Out (Here It Comes)"

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Grammy Award
Grammy Award
for Record of the Year


"Nel Blu Dipinto Di Blu (Volare)" by Domenico Modugno
Domenico Modugno
(1959) "Mack the Knife" by Bobby Darin
Bobby Darin
(1960) "Theme from A Summer Place" by Percy Faith
Percy Faith
(1961) "Moon River" by Henry Mancini
Henry Mancini
(1962) "I Left My Heart in San Francisco" by Tony Bennett
Tony Bennett
(1963) "Days of Wine and Roses" by Henry Mancini
Henry Mancini
(1964) "The Girl from Ipanema" by Astrud Gilberto
Astrud Gilberto
& Stan Getz
Stan Getz
(1965) "A Taste of Honey" by Herb Alpert
Herb Alpert
and the Tijuana Brass (1966) "Strangers in the Night" by Frank Sinatra
Frank Sinatra
(1967) "Up, Up and Away" by The 5th Dimension
The 5th Dimension
(Billy Davis, Jr., Florence LaRue, Marilyn McCoo, Lamont McLemore, Ron Townson) (1968) "Mrs. Robinson" by Simon & Garfunkel (Art Garfunkel, Paul Simon) (1969) "Aquarius/Let the Sunshine In" by The 5th Dimension
The 5th Dimension
(Billy Davis, Jr., Florence LaRue, Marilyn McCoo, Lamont McLemore, Ron Townson) (1970) "Bridge over Troubled Water" by Simon & Garfunkel (Art Garfunkel, Paul Simon) (1971) "It's Too Late" by Carole King
Carole King
(1972) "The First Time Ever I Saw Your Face" by Roberta Flack
Roberta Flack
(1973) "Killing Me Softly with His Song" by Roberta Flack
Roberta Flack
(1974) "I Honestly Love You" by Olivia Newton-John
Olivia Newton-John
(1975) "Love Will Keep Us Together" by Captain & Tennille (Daryl Dragon, Toni Tennille) (1976) "This Masquerade" by George Benson
George Benson
(1977) "Hotel California" by Eagles (Don Felder, Glenn Frey, Don Henley, Randy Meisner, Joe Walsh) (1978) "Just the Way You Are" by Billy Joel
Billy Joel
(1979) "What a Fool Believes" by The Doobie Brothers
The Doobie Brothers
(Jeffrey Baxter, John Hartman, Keith Knudsen, Michael McDonald, Tiran Porter, Patrick Simmons) (1980)


"Sailing" by Christopher Cross
Christopher Cross
(1981) "Bette Davis Eyes" by Kim Carnes
Kim Carnes
(1982) "Rosanna" by Toto (Bobby Kimball, Steve Lukather, David Paich, Jeff Porcaro, David Hungate, Steve Porcaro) (1983) "Beat It" by Michael Jackson
Michael Jackson
(1984) "What's Love Got to Do with It" by Tina Turner
Tina Turner
(1985) "We Are the World" by USA for Africa
USA for Africa
(1986) "Higher Love" by Steve Winwood
Steve Winwood
(1987) "Graceland" by Paul Simon
Paul Simon
(1988) "Don't Worry, Be Happy" by Bobby McFerrin
Bobby McFerrin
(1989) "Wind Beneath My Wings" by Bette Midler
Bette Midler
(1990) "Another Day in Paradise" by Phil Collins
Phil Collins
(1991) "Unforgettable" by Natalie Cole
Natalie Cole
with Nat King Cole
Nat King Cole
(1992) "Tears in Heaven" by Eric Clapton
Eric Clapton
(1993) "I Will Always Love You" by Whitney Houston
Whitney Houston
(1994) "All I Wanna Do" by Sheryl Crow
Sheryl Crow
(1995) "Kiss from a Rose" by Seal (1996) "Change the World" by Eric Clapton
Eric Clapton
(1997) "Sunny Came Home" by Shawn Colvin
Shawn Colvin
(1998) "My Heart Will Go On" by Celine Dion
Celine Dion
(1999) "Smooth" by Santana (Rodney Holmes, Tony Lindsay, Karl Perazzo, Raul Rekow, Benny Rietveld, Carlos Santana, Chester Thompson) featuring Rob Thomas (2000)


"Beautiful Day" by U2 (Bono, Adam Clayton, The Edge, Larry Mullen Jr.) (2001) "Walk On" by U2 (Bono, Adam Clayton, The Edge, Larry Mullen Jr.) (2002) "Don't Know Why" by Norah Jones
Norah Jones
(2003) "Clocks" by Coldplay
(Guy Berryman, Jon Buckland, Will Champion, Phil Harvey, Chris Martin) (2004) "Here We Go Again" by Ray Charles
Ray Charles
and Norah Jones
Norah Jones
(2005) "Boulevard of Broken Dreams" by Green Day
Green Day
(Billie Joe Armstrong, Mike Dirnt, Frank Edwin Wright III) (2006) "Not Ready to Make Nice" by Dixie Chicks
Dixie Chicks
(Martie Maguire, Natalie Maines, Emily Robison) (2007) "Rehab" by Amy Winehouse
Amy Winehouse
(2008) "Please Read the Letter" by Alison Krauss
Alison Krauss
and Robert Plant
Robert Plant
(2009) "Use Somebody" by Kings of Leon
Kings of Leon
(Caleb Followill, Jared Followill, Matthew Followill, Nathan Followill) (2010) "Need You Now" by Lady Antebellum
Lady Antebellum
(Hillary Scott, Charles Kelley, Dave Haywood) (2011) "Rolling in the Deep" by Adele
(2012) "Somebody That I Used to Know" by Gotye
featuring Kimbra
(2013) "Get Lucky" by Daft Punk
Daft Punk
featuring Pharrell Williams
Pharrell Williams
& Nile Rodgers (2014) "Stay with Me" (Darkchild version) by Sam Smith (2015) "Uptown Funk" by Mark Ronson
Mark Ronson
featuring Bruno Mars
Bruno Mars
(2016) "Hello" by Adele
(2017) "24K Magic" by Bruno Mars
Bruno Mars

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Billboard Year-End number one singles (1960–1979)

1960: "Theme from A Summer Place" – Percy Faith 1961: "Tossin' and Turnin'" – Bobby Lewis 1962: "Stranger on the Shore" – Mr. Acker Bilk 1963: "Sugar Shack" – Jimmy Gilmer and the Fireballs 1964: "I Want to Hold Your Hand" – The Beatles 1965: "Wooly Bully" – Sam the Sham
Sam the Sham
& the Pharaohs 1966: "Ballad of the Green Berets" – S/Sgt. Barry Sadler 1967: "To Sir, with Love" – Lulu 1968: "Hey Jude" – The Beatles 1969: "Sugar, Sugar" – The Archies 1970: "Bridge over Troubled Water" – Simon & Garfunkel 1971: "Joy to the World" – Three Dog Night 1972: "The First Time Ever I Saw Your Face" – Roberta Flack 1973: "Tie a Yellow Ribbon Round the Ole Oak Tree" – Tony Orlando and Dawn 1974: "The Way We Were" – Barbra Streisand 1975: "Love Will Keep Us Together" – Captain & Tennille 1976: "Silly Love Songs" – Wings 1977: "Tonight's the Night (Gonna Be Alright)" – Rod Stewart 1978: "Shadow Dancing" – Andy Gibb 1979: "My Sharona" – The Knack

Complete list (1946–1959) (1960–1979) (1980–1999) (2000–2019)

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