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Roberta Flack

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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
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Albums by
Roberta Flack

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    Let It Be Roberta: Roberta Flack Sings the Beatles

    10 songs

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    Blue Lights in the Basement

    10 songs

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    Roberta Flack & Donny Hathaway

    15 songs

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    Roberta

    11 songs

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    Oasis

    9 songs

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    Roberta Flack

    7 songs

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    Roberta Flack Featuring Donnie Hathaway

    8 songs

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    First Take

    8 songs

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    Killing Me Softly

    8 songs

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    Quiet Fire

    9 songs

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    I'm the One

    9 songs

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    Feel Like Makin' Love

    8 songs

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    Chapter Two

    11 songs

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    Set the Night to Music

    5 songs

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    Rhino Hi-Five: Roberta Flack, Vol. 2

    10 songs

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    Pair of Fives: Roberta Flack/Dionne Warwick

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    Rhino Hi-Five: Roberta Flack

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    We Can Work It Out

    2 songs

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    Killing Me Softly With His Song / Just Like A Woman [Digital 45]

    9 songs

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    Christmas Songs

    17 songs

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    The Very Best of Roberta Flack

    14 songs

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    Live & More

    11 songs

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    Set the Night to Music

    18 songs

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    Love Songs

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Top Songs by
Roberta Flack

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    Popularity
  2.   The Closer I Get to You
  3.   Killing Me Softly With His Song
  4.   Where Is the Love
  5.   The First Time Ever I Saw Your Face
  6.   Feel Like Makin' Love
  7.   You've Got a Friend
  8.   Back Together Again
  9.   Set the Night to Music
  10.   Making Love
  11.   Compared to What
  12.   Will You Still Love Me Tomorrow
  13.   Let It Be
  14.   And So It Goes
  15.   Be Real Black for Me
  16.   Hey, That's No Way to Say Goodbye
  17.   I Told Jesus
  18.   Early Ev'ry Midnite
  19.   When There's Love
  20.   If Ever I See You Again
  21.   Angel Eyes
  22.   It Might Be You
  23.   Let Them Talk
  24.   Let's Stay Together
  25.   No Tears (In the End)
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Stations & Shows Featuring
Roberta Flack

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    Classic Soul

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    Michael Franti: I Am The DJ

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    55 Greatest Old School Songs

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    Whitney Houston Tribute

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    Music To Watch the Grass Grow

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    Smooth Jams

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    Classic Soft Hits

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    Smooth Jazz

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    '70s Hits

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    Broken Heart

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    My Parents' Record Collection

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    His & Hers Radio

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    Nothing But Love Songs

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    Janet Jackson: DNA

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    Vocal Hits

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    Frank Ocean: DNA

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    Coffee House

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    '70s Deep Dive

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    Adult R&B


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