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Remembering Roberta Flack

on March 6, 2023

There are some singers whom you will never forget. Roberta Flack is one of them. Her lush voice washes over you like a liquid massage, soothing all your anxieties, and smoothing all the rough corners away. She simply is fabulous!

Two of her hits are my favorites: Killing Me Softly with His Song and The First Time Ever I Saw Your Face.

From RobertaFlack.com:

“Internationally hailed as one of the greatest songstresses of our time, GRAMMY Award winning Roberta Flack remains unparalleled in her ability to tell a story through her music. Her songs bring insight into our lives, loves, culture and politics, while effortlessly traversing a broad musical landscape from pop to soul to folk to jazz. She is the only solo artist to win the GRAMMY Award Record of the Year for two (2) consecutive years: The First Time Ever I Saw Your Face won the 1973 GRAMMY and Killing Me Softly with His Song won the 1974 GRAMMY.

Classically trained on the piano from an early age, Ms. Flack received a music scholarship at age 15 to attend Howard University. Discovered while singing at the Washington, DC nightclub Mr. Henry’s by jazz musician Les McCann, she was immediately signed to Atlantic Records. With a string of hits, including, The First Time Ever I Saw Your FaceWhere Is the Love (a duet with former Howard University classmate Donny Hathaway), Killing Me Softly With His SongFeel Like Makin’ LoveThe Closer I Get to YouTonight I Celebrate My Love, and Set the Night to Music, Roberta Flack has inspired countless artists with her musical brilliance and honesty.

Described by Reverend Jesse Jackson as “socially relevant and politically unafraid”, Ms. Flack is very active as a humanitarian and mentor. She founded the Roberta Flack School of Music at the Hyde Leadership Charter School in the Bronx, providing an innovative and inspiring music education program to underprivileged students free of charge.

In 2010, Ms. Flack founded The Roberta Flack Foundation whose mission statement is to support animal welfare and music education. In 2019, she awarded grants to Anasa Troutman’s Shelectricity and filmmaker Carol Swainson.

In 2018, Ms. Flack retired from touring and continues to make special appearances.

In 2020, Ms. Flack received a GRAMMY Lifetime Achievement Award. In addition, she raised awareness and funds for Feed The Children.org during the COVID-19 pandemic.”

Dawn Pisturino

March 6, 2023

Copyright 2023 Dawn Pisturino. All Rights Reserved.


50 responses to “Remembering Roberta Flack

  1. Paula Light says:

    Two beautiful songs ❤️❤️

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  2. kvbclarke says:

    I love this Dawn. She is a favorite. I saw a number of her concerts when I lived in Philadelphia. She could certainly hold an entire concert hall spellbound!!

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  3. SelmaMartin says:

    A fave of mine too. Xoxo

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  4. The best! Great post Dawn!!!💕

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  5. Always one of my faves

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  6. Phil says:

    One of the all-time great voices, indeed. Her duet with Donny Hathaway, “The Closer I Get to You”, is one of my favorites. Thanks for sharing, dear Dawn 🙂

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  7. spwilcen says:

    I suppose it’s not correct for me to let it, but this puts me into “gentler time of life” frame of mind. (Sigh.) One should do that now and again. Sanity’s sake.

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  8. philsblog01 says:

    A truly amazing artist! Two beautiful songs!

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  9. utahan15 says:

    softly to that song
    we all sang along

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  10. byngnigel says:

    I absolutely loved Roberta Flack… The fugees remake of her classic, brought her back into popular culture, and there was a revival as it were. She’s a legend. Thanks for sharing Dawn

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  11. Oh gosh Dawn, this is a wonderful celebratory feature. 👏🏼 I saw a documentary about her life on PBS a few weeks ago and it reminded me why I loved her so when I was growing up; and still do. Thanks for this beautiful reminder during Women’s History Month! 🥰💖🤗🦋😍

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  12. balladeer says:

    Interesting. I recognize her name but I never knew anything about her.

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  13. a genius in the field of emotional responses

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  14. Belladonna says:

    Roberta Flack is a legend! Great Post

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  16. Great post, Dawn, and two beautiful songs. I love your description of her voice.

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  17. StonerGypsy says:

    Yes!!!!! 💚💚 wonderfully done Dawn 💚💚

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  18. Meelosmom says:

    I love her! Th ask you for this history!

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  20. Absolutely adore her duets with Donny Hathaway!!!

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  21. Both songs – my favorite too. Happy listening to beautiful songs as these 🙂

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  23. Loving this 😍! Well done.

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  24. Not forgetting will you still love me tomorrow

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