Roberta Flack

Born 10 February 1937.
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Roberta Flack is inducted into the Singers Hall of Fame

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Roberta Cleopatra Flack (born February 10, 1937) is an American singer, and musician who is notable for jazz, Pop, R&B, and folk music. She is best known for her classic #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 the late Donny Hathaway.

Flack was the first to win the Grammy Award for Record of the Year two consecutive times. "The First Time Ever I Saw Your Face" won at the 1973 Grammys and "Killing Me Softly with His Song" won at the 1974 Grammys. She remains the only solo artist to have accomplished this feat and only U2, who did it in 2001 and 2002 with "Beautiful Day" and "Walk On", has done it since.

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BBC Reviews

  1. Review of Softly With These Songs: The Best Of Roberta Flack

    Softly With These Songs: The Best Of Roberta Flack 2004

    Reviewed by Jack Smith
    A molten murmur flexes into a cry as pure as a prayer, heartfelt as a confessional.
  2. Review of Roberta Flack Featuring Donny Hathaway

    Roberta Flack Featuring Donny Hathaway 1980

    Reviewed by Daryl Easlea
    An ebullient release, but tinged with great sadness.
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