Tuesday, 14 June 2011

Roberta Flack

Roberta Flack (born February 10, 1937) is an American singer, songwriter, and musician who is notable for jazz, soul, R&B, and folk music. 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. "The First Time Ever I Saw Your Face" won the 1973 Grammy Record of the Year, and "Killing Me Softly with His Song" won the same award at the Grammy Awards of 1974. Roberta Flack and U2 are the only artists to win the award in back-to-back years.

Flack was born in Black Mountain, North Carolina, and was raised in Arlington, Virginia. She first discovered the work of African American musical artists when she heard Mahalia Jackson and Sam Cooke sing in a predominantly African-American Baptist church.

During her early teens, Flack so excelled at classical [piano] that Howard University awarded her a full music scholarship. She entered Howard University at the age of 15, 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 faculty. Flack is a member of Delta Sigma Theta sorority and was made an honorary member of Tau Beta Sigma by the Eta Delta Chapter at Howard University for her outstanding work in promoting music education.

Flack became the first African-American student teacher at an all-Caucasian school near Chevy Chase, Maryland. She graduated from 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 for $2800 a year in Farmville, North Carolina.

Flack then taught school for years in Washington, DC 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. Subsequently, a Capitol Hill night club called Mr. Henry's built a performance area especially for her, the rest is all history.

First Take - Roberta Flack


01. Compared To What
02. Angelitos Negros
03. Our Ages or Our Hearts
04. I Told Jesus
05. Hey, That's No Way To Say Goodbye
06. The First Time Ever I Saw Your Fa
07. Tryin' Times
08. Ballad Of The Sad Young Men


Chapter Two - Roberta Flack


01. Reverend Lee
02. Do What You Gotta Do
03. Just Like a Woman
04. Let It Be Me
05. Gone Away
06. Until It's Time for You to Go
07. Impossible Dream
08. Business Goes on as Usual


Quiet Fire - Roberta Flack


01. Go up Moses
02. Bridge over Troubled Water
03. Sunday and Sister Jones
04. See You Then
05. Will You Love Me Tomorrow
06. To Love Somebody
07. Let Them Talk
08. Sweet Bitter Love


Roberta Flack & Donny Hathaway


01. I, Who Have Nothing
02. You've Got A Friend
03. Baby I Love You
04. Be Real Black For Me
05. You've Lost That Loving Feeling
06. For All We Know
07. Where Is The Love
08. When Love Has Grown
09. Come Ye Disconsolate
10. Mood


Killing Me Softly - Roberta Flack


01. Killing Me Softly With His Song
02. Jesse
03. No Tears (In the End)
04. I'm the Girl
05. River
06. Conversation Love
07. When You Smile
08. Suzanne


Feel Like Makin' Love - Roberta Flack


01. Feelin' That Glow
02. I Wanted It Too
03. I Can See The Sun In Late
04. Some Gospel According To
05. Feel Like Makin' Love
06. Mr. Magic
07. Early Ev'ry Midnite
08. Old Heartbreak Top Ten
09. She's Not Blind


Blue Lights In The Basement - Roberta Flack


01. Why Don't You Move In With Me
02. The Closer I Get To You
03. Fine, Fine Day
04. This Time I'll Be Sweeter
05. 25Th Of Last December
06. After You
07. I'd Like To Be Baby To You
08. Soul Deep
09. Love Is The Healing
10. Where I'll Find You


Roberta Flack Featuring Donny Hathaway



01. Only Heaven Can Wait (For Love)
02. God Don't Like Ugly
03. You Are My Heaven
04. Disguises
05. Don't Make Me Wait Too Long
06. Back Together Again
07. Stay with Me


Bustin' Loose - Roberta Flack


01. Lovin' You (Is Such An Easy Thang To Do)
02. Rollin' On
03. You Stopped Loving Me
04. Just When I Needed You
05. Qual E Malindrinho (Why Are You So Bad)
06. Love (Always Commands)
07. Children's Song
08. Ballad For D
09. Hittin' Me Where It Hurts


The Best Of  - Roberta Flack


01. Killing Me Softly With His Song
02. The Closer I Get To You
03. You've Got A Friend
04. Feel Like Makin' Love
05. Will You Still Love Me Tomorrow
06. Where Is The Love
07. The First Time Ever I Saw Your Face
08. Back Together Again
09. You Are My Heaven
10. If Ever I See You Again
11. Jesse


I'm The One - Roberta Flack


01. I'm the One
02. 'Till The Morning Comes
03. Love And Let Love
04. Never Loved Before
05. In the Name of Love
06. Ordinary Man
07. Making Love
08. Happiness
09. My Love For You


Born To Love Ft Peabo Bryson - Roberta Flack


01. Tonight, I Celebrate My Love
02. Blame It On Me
03. Heaven Above Me
04. Born To Love
05. Maybe
06. I Just Came Here To Dance
07. Comin Alive
08. You're Looking Like Love To Me
09. Can We Find Love Again


Oasis - Roberta Flack


01. Oasis
02. All Caught Up In Love
03. Uh-Uh Ooh-Ooh Look Out (Here It Comes)
04. Shock To My System
05. You Who Brought Me Love
06. Something Magic
07. And So It Goes
08. You Know What It's Like
09. And So It Goes (Reprise)
10. My Someone To Love
11. (His Name) Brazil


Set The Night To Music - Roberta Flack


01. The Waiting Game
02. Friend
03. Always
04. Set The Night To Music [with Maxi Priest]
05. When Someone Tears Your Heart In Two
06. Something Your Heart Has Been Telling Me
07. You Make Me Feel Brand New
08. Unforgettable
09. Summertime
10. Natural Thing
11. My Foolish Heart


Stop the World - Roberta Flack


01. Stop The World
02. Love That Was Lost
03. Chinatown
04. Love Will Make Me Stronger
05. I Love You
06. We Can Make It Right
07. The Moment Has Come
08. Got The Blues
09. Last Christmas Eve


Softly With These Songs - Best Of Roberta Flack


01. The First Time Ever I Saw Your Face
02. Will You Still Love Me Tomorrow
03. Where Is The Love
04. Killing Me Softly With His Song
05. Feel Like Makin' Love
06. The Closer I Get To You
07. More Than Everything
08. Only Heaven Can Wait (For Love)
09. Back Together Again
10. Making Love
11. Tonight, I Celebrate My Love
12. Oasis
13. And So It Goes
14. You Know What It's Like
15. Set The Night To Music
16. My Foolish Heart
17. Uh-Uh Ooh-Ooh Look Out (Here It Comes)


Roberta - Roberta Flack


01. Let's Stay Together
02. Sweet Georgia Brown
03. The Thrill Is Gone
04. It Might Be You
05. In a Sentimental Mood
06. Looking for Another Pure Love
07. I Don't Care Who Knows (Baby, I'm Yours)
08. Prelude to a Kiss (Intro)
09. Prelude to a Kiss
10. Angel Eyes
11. Tenderly
12. Cottage for Sale
13. Isn't It Romantic
14. My Romance
15. You'll Never Know ('Til You Let Go)


The Very Best Of - Roberta Flack


01. Killing Me Softly With His Son
02. Where Is The Love
03. Feel Like Makin' Love
04. The First Time Ever I Saw Your
05. And So It Goes
06. Tonight I Celebrate My Love
07. The Closer I Get To You
08. 'Til The Morming Comes
09. Back Together Again
10. Making Love
11. Only Heaven Can Wait
12. Set The Night To Music
13. You Are My Heaven
14. Oasis
15. Don't Make Me Wait Too Long
16. And So It Goes (Reprise)
17. Trade Winds


Roberta Flack - Roberta Flack


01. What a Woman Really Means
02. You Are Everything
03. Independent Man
04. If Ever I See You Again
05. And the Feeling's Good
06. Knowing That We're Made for Each Other
07. Come Share My Love
08. Baby I Love You So
09. When It's Over


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