Roberta Flack

American singer (born 1937)

Roberta Cleopatra Flack (born February 10, 1937)[2][3] is a retired American singer. She was born in Black Mountain, North Carolina. She has released nineteen studio albums. She has had three number one singles. "The First Time Ever I Saw Your Face" was her first number one. It won the 1973 Grammy Record of the Year. In 1974 Flack performed "When I Grow Up" with Michael Jackson. In 1999 a star was put in the Hollywood Walk of Fame for her.

Roberta Flack
Flack in 2008
Flack in 2008
Background information
Birth nameRoberta Cleopatra Flack
Also known asRubina Flake[1]
Born (1937-02-10) February 10, 1937 (age 87)
Black Mountain, North Carolina, U.S.
OccupationsSinger-songwriter, musician
InstrumentsVocals, keyboards
Years active1968–2022
LabelsAtlantic (1968–1996)
Angel / Capitol(1997)
RAS / 429 / Sony/ATV (2011–2018)

Early life change

Roberta Flack was born in Black Mountain, North Carolina. She was raised in Virginia. Howard University gave her a music scholarship because she was good at playing piano. When she was fifteen she became a student there.[4]

Career change

Roberta Flack in 1995.

Flack released her first album First Take in 1969. The album went to number one in the US album chart. It was her most successful album. In 1970 Flack's second album Chapter Two was released. It was less successful. In 1972 Roberta Flack & Donny Hathaway was released. In 1973 Killing Me Softly was released. In 1980 Flack's second album with Donny Hathaway was released.

Retirement change

On November 14, 2022, it was announced by a spokesperson that Flack had been diagnosed with amyotrophic lateral sclerosis and had retired from singing, due to the disease making it "impossible to sing", according to her spokesperson.[5]

References change

  1. "Music: What Ever Happened to Rubina Flake?". Time. May 12, 1975. Archived from the original on May 3, 2015. Retrieved August 22, 2015.
  2. Betts, Graham (2014). "Roberta Flack & Quincy Jones". Motown Encyclopedia. AC Publishing. ISBN 978-1-311-44154-6. Archived from the original on May 3, 2021. Retrieved October 16, 2020.
  3. "Roberta Cleopatra Flack, 10 Feb 1937". FamilySearch. Archived from the original on January 1, 2022. Retrieved August 23, 2017.
  4. "Roberta Flack - Biography, Albums, Streaming Links". AllMusic.
  5. "Roberta Flack has ALS, now 'impossible to sing,' rep says". Associated Press. November 14, 2022. Retrieved November 14, 2022.