Roberta Flack

Singer-songwriter, musician Roberta Flack

Roberta Flack is an American singer, songwriter, and musician who is notable for jazz, soul, R&B, and folk music. Roberta Flack is best known for her Hot 100 #1 singles "The First Time Ever I Saw Your Face", "Killing Me Softly with His Song" and "Feel Like Makin' Love", as well as "Where Is the Love" and "The Closer I Get to You", two of her many duets with Donny Hathaway.
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41 Non-Traditional Wedding Songs To Walk Down The Aisle To
Huffington Post - 11 months
Not every couple’s wedding vision includes walking down the aisle to “Here Comes The Bride.” So what other non-traditional song options are there? Plenty.  We asked The Huffington Post’s Facebook community for song ideas to set the scene, and more than 200 people shared their picks. Below is a sampling of different tracks ― some are deeply romantic, others are light, upbeat and charismatic.  1. “Sea of Love,” by Cat Power “Come with me // My love // To the sea // The sea of love // I wanna tell you // How much // I love you.”  2. “Lucky,” by Jason Mraz featuring Colbie Caillet “Lucky I’m in love with my best friend // Lucky to have been where I have been // Lucky to be coming home again.”   3. “Kissing You,” by Des’ree from the movie Romeo & Juliet “Touch me deep // Pure and true // Gift to me forever // ‘Cause I’m kissing you, oh, I’m kissing you.”  4. “Married Life,” by Michael Giacchino from the movie Up 5. “Look...
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Hear the Album That Made HGTV's Chip and Joanna Gaines Fall in Love All Over Again
Huffington Post - over 1 year
Johnnyswim's Georgica Pond makes marriage sound wonderful - just ask TV's hottest couple, Chip and Joanna Gaines. "The album has been playing on repeat in our car since it came out in October," Chip says. The Gaineses' HGTV show, Fixer Upper, made ceramic farm sinks and "shiplap" paneling en vogue. Now they're promoting their favorite duo Johnnyswim as headliners at "Silobration" (the annual fan festival held at their company headquarters in Waco, Texas). Joanna says she and Chip can't get enough of the singers' new album. "Johnnyswim's music speaks to us on so many different levels," she says. "We fall in love all over again while listening to Georgica Pond." [Click here to listen to Georgica Pond on Spotify.] The second full-length release from Johnnyswim captures the days and nights of Abner Ramirez and Amanda Sudano Ramirez, two songwriters married to music (and each other). Recorded in Los Angeles and Nashville with collaborators such as Vince Gill ("Lonely Ni...
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R&B innovator Kashif Saleem dies at 59
LATimes - over 1 year
When Kashif Saleem was sent the demo for a tender ballad called “You Give Good Love,” he felt it was a hit. The track had originally been destined for jazzy R&B singer Roberta Flack, whose assistant rebuffed the demo writer.  But Saleem had a different singer in mind. He had seen a young artist...
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First Nighter: Mfoniso Udofia's "Sojourners" Deserves a Welcome Stay
Huffington Post - about 2 years
In Sojourners, the stimulating new Playwrights Realm production at Peter Sharp, the first-generation Nigerian-American author Mfoniso Udofia never directly explains the title, but implicitly she lets us know again and again and again. The word "sojourners" suggests people passing through a place and often, if not usually, as strangers to one another. That's exactly who Udofia's characters are and how they relate between and among themselves--if only temporarily. The result is a microcosmic peek at today's world, where everything is in constantly unsettling transition. Abasiama (Chinasa Ogbuagu), a twentysomething Nigerian woman studying in the Houston of 1978, is pregnant but not getting much help through the nine months from her Nigerian husband Ukpong (Hubert Pont-Du Jour), who's also supposed to be studying stateside. A large part of their immediately apparent marital problem is that they tied their unraveling knot when her father and his arranged the union. Neither Abasiam...
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These 'Dynamite Divas' really boom, but story is a bust
Chicago Times - about 2 years
The divas still are dynamite at the Black Ensemble Theater, but they need to be allowed to run the show. Conceived as a tribute to the great female recording artists of soul, Jackie Taylor's "Dynamite Divas" is centered on the hits of Aretha Franklin, Nancy Wilson, Gladys Knight and Roberta Flack,...
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San Francisco Treats
Huffington Post - about 2 years
Contrary to what commercials once told Americans, Rice-A-Roni (which was introduced to consumers by the Golden Grain Macaroni Company in 1958) is not the only San Francisco "treat." When I think of some of San Francisco's unique attractions, I tend to consider local arts organizations that create original work (as opposed to primarily restaging works that have already found their place in the dramatic literature). Quite often, when people refer to community theatre they do so in a condescending tone, as if to imply that even though a community theatre group might stage Broadway musicals, their production values aren't up to the standards of "real" Broadway productions. Such criticisms fail to take into account that it is often the smaller black box and community theatres that encourage the creation of new work by local playwrights, directors, actors, and choreographers. Since its founding in 2010, the SFOlympians Festival (playwright-director-impresario Stuart Bousel's ...
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Adele returns to explain the big emotions of your life on '25'
LATimes - over 2 years
When Adele sings on her new album, "25," about an emotional experience so vivid that “It was just like a movie / It was just like a song,” she’s probably thinking of a tune by one of her idols: Roberta Flack, say, or Stevie Nicks. But for fans of this 27-year-old British singer, such a moment could...
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Music by Grateful Dead, Fleetwood Mac among Grammy Hall of Fame inductees - Reuters
Google News - over 2 years
Billboard Music by Grateful Dead, Fleetwood Mac among Grammy Hall of Fame inductees Reuters LOS ANGELES Nov 18 Music by rockers the Grateful Dead and Fleetwood Mac, jazz greats Miles Davis and Louis Armstrong and singers Blondie and Roberta Flack will be enshrined in the Grammy Hall of Fame, The Recording Academy said on Wednesday. Music by Fleetwood Mac, Dylan, James Brown & More Inducted into Grammy Hall of ...WFJA Classic Hits and Oldies 105.5 FM Grammy Nominations Announcement, Hall Of Fame Inductees NamedAll Access Music Group The Grateful Dead's American Beauty Inducted into Grammy Hall of Famejambands.com Business Wire (press release) all 19 news articles »
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Why Barbra Streisand Is The World's Last Great Superstar
Huffington Post - about 3 years
"Oh, dear -- I'm not wearing the right shoes for this!" were the first words Barbra Streisand ever said to me. And I fell in love, as I knew I would. Exactly 10 years ago I was one of two "civilians" invited to One&Only Palmilla, the luxury resort in Los Cabos, Mexico, to help surprise John Travolta for his 50th birthday with a weekend-long celebration that had megawatt co-hosts Oprah Winfrey, Tom Cruise and Barbra Streisand leading the celebrity-filled festivities. The resort welcomed Tony Bennett, Sean Penn, Meg Ryan, Robin Williams, Sylvester Stallone (whom I overheard ask a bartender "How do you say 'tequila' in Spanish?"), Kirstie Alley, Quincy Jones, Natalie Cole, Gayle King (the best airplane companion and dance partner), Carly Simon, Cal Ripken, Jr., Buzz Aldrin, Laura Dern, Forest Whitaker and on and on and on -- an impossibly dense galaxy of superstars -- and me. It was quite the weekend. At the culmination of the remarkable activities was an all-star concert (T...
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Donny Hathaway: Two Rarities From New Anthology - Song Premiere
Rolling Stone - over 4 years
Click to listen to Donny Hathaway's 'Don’t Turn Away' and 'You’ve Got a Friend' A new four-disc anthology titled Donny Hathaway Never My Love will celebrate the life and work of the soul legend when it is released Tuesday (November 11th) Collecting essential solo material his timeless duets with Roberta Flack and two...
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Yoko Ono's Incredible New Video Reaffirms She Is The Queen Of Everything
The Huffington Post - over 4 years
How much do you love Yoko Ono? A lot, right? Well, get ready to love her even more. Yup, her new video is that good. The video for the bouncy "Bad Dancer" features Ms. Ono in a top hat and tiny shorts dancing with other awesome, but not quite as awesome, famous people like the Beastie Boys, ?uestlove, Justin Vivian Bond, Roberta Flack, Ira Glass and Reggie Watts. The whole artsy dance party will make you want to bust a horrendous dance move like never before. Watch the 3 minute masterpiece below and let your Yoko love flow freely in the comments. Read More... More on Female Artists
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Demolition Of Iconic Purple Hotel Begins
Huffington Post - over 4 years
Demolition of Lincolnwood's famed, vacant Purple Hotel just north of Chicago began Tuesday morning in an experience described as "bittersweet" for the village. The hotel, which opened its doors in 1962 at the corner of Lincoln and Touhy and is known for its signature purple bricks, was the Pritzker family's original Chicago-area Hyatt property. In its hey day it played host to singers including Roberta Flack and Barry Manilow, according to ABC Chicago. Going forward, however, the hotel and nearby property will be converted into a mixed-use district including retail, restaurants, office space and a new hotel, the Chicago Tribune reports. The iconic bricks will also reportedly be put to use in the site's new development -- while others have been given away to the public in exchange for donations to the Lincolnwood Public Library. There is also a darker side to the property's history. In 1983, mobster Allen Dorfman, an associate of Jimmy Hoffa, was killed in what was de...
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Timeline
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    LATE ADULTHOOD
  • 2013
    Age 74
    Sarah Bryan and Beverly Patterson, African American Trails of Eastern North Carolina, North Carolina Arts Council, 2013, p. 92 Roberta Flack, ISBN 978-1469610795
    In the 2013 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.
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  • 2012
    Age 73
    In February 2012, Flack released Let it Be Roberta, an album of Beatles covers including "Hey Jude" and "Let it Be".
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  • 2010
    Age 71
    In 2010, she appeared on the 52nd Annual Grammy Awards, singing a duet of "Where Is The Love" with Maxwell.
  • FIFTIES
  • 1999
    Age 60
    In 1999, a star with Flack's name was placed on the Hollywood Walk of Fame.
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  • 1991
    Age 52
    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 charts and #2 AC.
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  • FORTIES
  • 1986
    Age 47
    In 1986, Flack sang the theme song entitled "Together Through the Years" for the NBC television series, Valerie later known as The Hogan Family.
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  • 1983
    Age 44
    She began working with 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.
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  • 1982
    Age 43
    Roberta Flack had a 1982 hit single with "Making Love", written by Burt Bacharach (the title track of the 1982 film of the same name), which reached #13.
  • THIRTIES
  • 1974
    Age 35
    In 1974, Flack released "Feel Like Makin' Love," which became her third and final #1 hit to date on the Hot 100.
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  • 1973
    Age 34
    The American Music Awards is an annual awards ceremony created by Dick Clark in 1973.
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    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. It was awarded both Record of the Year and Best Pop Vocal Performance, Female at the 1974 Grammy Awards.
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    It was awarded the Grammy Award for Record of the Year in 1973.
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    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.
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  • 1972
    Age 33
    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.
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    Her Atlantic recordings did not sell particularly well, until actor/director 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 the biggest hit of the year for 1972 – spending six consecutive weeks at #1 and earning Flack a million-selling Gold disc.
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    Flack's cover version of "Will You Love Me Tomorrow" hit number seventy-six on the Billboard Hot 100 in 1972.
  • TWENTIES
  • 1968
    Age 29
    In November 1968, she recorded 39 song demos in less than 10 hours.
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    Flack began singing professionally after being hired to perform regularly at Mr. Henry's Restaurant, on Capitol Hill, Washington, DC in 1968.
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  • 1966
    Age 27
    Between 1966 and 1972, she was married to Steve Novosel.
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  • CHILDHOOD
  • 1939
    Age 0
    Flack lived with a musical family, born in Black Mountain, North Carolina to parents Laron LeRoy (October 11, 1911 – July 12, 1959) and Irene Flack (September 28, 1911 – January 17, 1981) a church organist, on February 10, 1939 and raised in Arlington, Virginia.
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