Roberta Flack

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Real name is Roberta Cleopatra Flack
Was born at 10 February 1937 (now is 81 years old) in Black Mountain, North Carolina, USA

Robert Flack was born February 10, 1937 (1939 according to somesources), in Black Mountain, North Carolina, a small town located about10 miles (18 kilometers) from the city of Asheville, North Carolina. She is best known for her love ballad "Killing Me Softly With HisSong", released in 1969. She earned a music scholarship to HowardUniversity and graduated with a BA in Music. She briefly taught musicafter graduation from college.

She was discovered singing and playingjazz in a Washington nightclub by pianist 'Les McCann' , and shelater signed a contract with Atlantic Records in the late 1960s. Therest is music history. Roberta's most recent album is a 1997 anthologyof Christmas standards simply titled "Christmas Album". .

There is some small facts about Roberta Flack:
  • She is known as a singer of soulful jazz and pop ballads.
  • She was born into a musical family.
  • She was the daughter of a church organist (her father) and started playng piano early enough to get a music scholarship to Howard University.
  • She graduated from Howard University with a BA in Music.
  • After a period of student teaching, she was discovered singing and playing jazz in a Washington nightclub by pianist 'Les McCann' , who recommended her talents to Atlantic Records, in the late 1960s.
  • She sang popular duets with Howard University classmate, 'Donny Hathaway' : 'Where Is The Love?' (1972), 'The Closer I Get To You' (1978), 'You Are My Heaven' (1980) and 'Come Ye Disconsolate.'
  • After 'Donny Hathaway' committed suicide in 1979, she started touring with 'Peabo Bryson' in 1980, scoring a hit duet: "Tonight, I Celebrate My Love" (1983).
  • Her song "The First Time Ever I Saw Your Face", was included on the jazz-tinged soundtrack for 'Clint Eastwood' 's 1971 film titled Play Misty for Me (1971) .
  • Her song, "Killing Me Softly" (1973), was a tribute to American Pie singer 'Don McLean (I)' .
  • She sang the theme song to the popular television series "Valerie" (1986) , later called "The Hogan Family", entitled "Together Through the Years". This song sung by Flack was used for the show's entire six year run (1986-1991)
  • Ranked #45 on VH1's Greatest Women of Rock N Roll
  • Member of Delta Sigma Theta Sorority, Inc.
  • In 1973, there were press reports that Flack was going to star in a film biography of blues singer 'Bessie Smith' , with a script by 'Lonne Elder III' , to be directed by 'Gordon Parks' . The film was never made.
  • Mentioned in the song "My Lovely Man" by the 'Red Hot Chili Peppers' .
  • Her song, "Killing Me Softly" (1969), was a tribute to "American Pie" singer 'Don McLean (I)' . It was first recorded by folk singer/songwriter 'Lori Lieberman' , who saw 'Don McLean (I)' in concert and wrote a poem based on her experience. The songwriting team of 'Norman Gimbel' and 'Charles Fox (I)' turned Lori's poem into a song. Lori's original was followed in order by versions by 'Anne Murray (I)' , 'Bobby Goldsboro' and 'Perry Como' , all three of which predated Flack's recording. Roberta was on a plane when she happened to listen to 'Lori Lieberman' 's original version of the song, and knew she wanted to record it when she landed. Then, it was released as a single and it became a smash hit.
  • Originally, she wanted to be a concert pianist.
  • One of her "star pupils" was a young musician by the name of Richard Smallwood who went on to become one of the most celebrated name's in gospel music.
  • Longtime friend and next-door neighbor at Manhattan's Dakota apartment building is 'Yoko Ono (I)' .
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There is the list of movies, where Roberta Flack was taked part:
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1 Bill Cosby Salutes Alvin Ailey movie Bill Cosby Salutes Alvin Ailey 1989 as Herself
2 David Fosters Christmas Album movie David Fosters Christmas Album 1993 as Herself
3 Seasons Greetings: An Evening with John Williams and the Boston Pops Orchestra movie Seasons Greetings: An Evening with John Williams and the Boston Pops Orchestra 1988 as Herself
4 The 14th Annual Grammy Awards movie The 14th Annual Grammy Awards 1972 as Herself
5 The 16th Annual Grammy Awards movie The 16th Annual Grammy Awards 1974 as Herself
6 The 17th Annual Grammy Awards movie The 17th Annual Grammy Awards 1975 as Herself
7 The 20th Annual Grammy Awards movie The 20th Annual Grammy Awards 1978 as Herself
8 The 28th Annual Grammy Awards movie The 28th Annual Grammy Awards 1986 as Herself
9 The 30th Annual Grammy Awards movie The 30th Annual Grammy Awards 1988 as Herself
10 The 52nd Annual Grammy Awards movie The 52nd Annual Grammy Awards 2010 as Herself
11 Late Night with David Letterman movie Late Night with David Letterman 1982 as Herself
12 Late Show with David Letterman movie Late Show with David Letterman 1993 as Herself
13 Live with Regis and Kathie Lee movie Live with Regis and Kathie Lee 1988 as Herself
14 Mild Seven Videography movie Mild Seven Videography 1989 as Guest Interview
15 1999 Essence Awards movie 1999 Essence Awards 1999 as Herself
16 20th Annual Stellar Gospel Music Awards movie 20th Annual Stellar Gospel Music Awards 2005 as Herself
17 A Capitol Fourth movie A Capitol Fourth 1987 as Herself
18 All-Star Party for Clint Eastwood movie All-Star Party for Clint Eastwood 1986 as Herself
19 America Votes the #1 Song movie America Votes the #1 Song 1986 as Herself - Singer
20 American Music Awards movie American Music Awards 1974 as Herself
21 American Tribute to Vaclav Havel and a Celebration of Democracy in Czechoslovakia movie American Tribute to Vaclav Havel and a Celebration of Democracy in Czechoslovakia 1990 as Herself
22 Atlantic Records 40th Anniversary: Its Only Rock n Roll movie Atlantic Records 40th Anniversary: Its Only Rock n Roll 1988 as Herself
23 Duke Ellington... We Love You Madly movie Duke Ellington... We Love You Madly 1973 as Herself
24 Essence Awards movie Essence Awards 2002 as Herself
25 Free to Be... You & Me movie Free to Be... You & Me 1974 as Herself/Young Girl
26 In Performance at the White House: A Tribute to American Music - Jerome Kern movie In Performance at the White House: A Tribute to American Music - Jerome Kern 1987 as Herself
27 India.Arie: Up Close and Personal movie India.Arie: Up Close and Personal 2002 as Herself
28 John Lennon and Yoko Ono Present the One-to-One Concert movie John Lennon and Yoko Ono Present the One-to-One Concert 1972 as Herself
29 Juke Box Saturday Night movie Juke Box Saturday Night 1979 as Herself
30 Killing Me Softly: The Roberta Flack Story movie Killing Me Softly: The Roberta Flack Story 2014 as Herself
31 Late Night with David Letterman: 6th Anniversary Special movie Late Night with David Letterman: 6th Anniversary Special 1988 as Herself
32 Legends Ball movie Legends Ball 2006 as Herself
33 Marcus Miller: Master of All Trades movie Marcus Miller: Master of All Trades 2006 as Herself
34 Michael Jackson: Bad movie Michael Jackson: Bad 1987 as Darryl's mother
35 Michael Jackson: Video Greatest Hits - HIStory movie Michael Jackson: Video Greatest Hits - HIStory 1995 as Daryl's mother (segment "Bad")
36 Music Central movie Music Central 1981 as Herself
37 Nelson Mandela 70th Birthday Tribute movie Nelson Mandela 70th Birthday Tribute 1988 as Herself
38 Renaldo and Clara movie Renaldo and Clara 1978 as Guest Artist
39 Roberta Flack in Concert movie Roberta Flack in Concert 2002 as Herself
40 Roberta Flack: The First Time Ever movie Roberta Flack: The First Time Ever 1973 as Herself - Host
There is the list of some articles of Roberta Flack:
  • "Cleveland Plain Dealer" (USA), 26 January 2013, pg. E1+E4, by: Chuck Yarborough, "Slow and soulful still does the trick for Roberta Flack"
  • "The New York Times" (USA), 29 March 1970, Vol. CXIX (119), Iss. 40,972, pg. 95, by: Jack Rosenthal, "Roberta's a Capitol Find"
There is the list of some printed articles of Roberta Cleopatra Flack:
  • "Hier, aujourd'hui et demain" (France), 1973, Iss. 14, pg. 53, by: G. Pétard, "Les poupées noires : premier chapitre"
There is the list of some quotes of Roberta Flack:
  • Women have to do twice the work of male rock singers such as 'The Rolling Stones' . We have to sing, play instruments and get accustomed to walking out on stage in high heels. Never mind the pressures of your image. If something goes wrong on my stage in any way, from sound to style, nobody can blame a band member. It's Roberta Flack who gets the rap and looks bad! I'm the one on the bill alone, with no gang of boys or crew behind me.
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