Category: roberta flack

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Vintage Black Music Magazine Covers

  1. Marvin Gaye 
  2. Albert King 
  3. Tina Turner 
  4. Curtis Mayfield 
  5. Roberta Flack
  6. Betty Davis
  7. Barry White 
  8. Bob Marley 
  9. Chaka Khan 
  10. Louis Johnson

twixnmix:

Vintage Black Music Magazine Covers

  1. Marvin Gaye 
  2. Albert King 
  3. Tina Turner 
  4. Curtis Mayfield 
  5. Roberta Flack
  6. Betty Davis
  7. Barry White 
  8. Bob Marley 
  9. Chaka Khan 
  10. Louis Johnson

Vintage Black Music Magazine Covers

  1. Marvin Gaye 
  2. Albert King 
  3. Tina Turner 
  4. Curtis Mayfield 
  5. Roberta Flack
  6. Barry White 
  7. Bob Marley 
  8. Chaka Khan 
  9. Louis Johnson

Roberta Flack photographed by Jack Robinson, November 1969. Photos from this session were used for her her second album Chapter Two (1970).

Roberta Flack photographed by Jack Robinson, November 1969.

On this day in music history: April 15, 1972 – “The First Time Ever I Saw Your Face” by Roberta Flack hits #1 on the Billboard Hot 100 for 6 weeks, also topping the Adult Contemporary chart for 6 weeks on April 1, 1972, and peaking at #4 on the R&B singles chart on May 20, 1972. Written by Ewan MacColl, it is the first chart topping single for the singer, songwriter and musician from Black Mountain, NC. Originally written by Scottish folk singer Ewan MacColl (the father of singer/songwriter Kirsty MacColl) in 1957 for his future wife Peggy Seeger (the sister of folk music legend Pete Seeger), while the pair are having an affair, and while MacColl is married to someone else. Roberta Flack at some point hears the song, and begins performing it on evening and weekend gigs at night clubs in Washington DC (during the week she works as a teacher). She also records “The First Time Ever I Saw Your Face” for her 1969 debut album “First Take”. When the album is first released, it and the song attracts little notice. Then in 1971, actor and first time director Clint Eastwood hears Flack’s rendition, feeling that it will perfectly underscore a scene in his film “Play Misty For Me”. He acquires the rights from Atlantic Records to use it in the film. Once the film is released, the audience reaction is immediate and overwhelmingly positive, with people literally going from movie theaters to record stores looking for the song. Atlantic quickly prepares an edited version of the nearly five and a half minute track, and rush releases it as a single in February of 1972. Entering the Hot 100 at #77 on March 4, 1972, “Face” rockets to the top of the chart six weeks later. The single wins two Grammy Awards including Record and Song Of The Year, and is ranked as the number one single of 1972 by Billboard Magazine. The huge success of the single also propels Flack’s album “First Take” to number one on the pop and R&B album charts. The album is also inducted into the Grammy Hall Of Fame in 2016. “The First Time Ever I Saw Your Face” is certified Gold in the US by the RIAA.

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On this day in music history: February 24, 1973 – “Killing Me Softly With His Song” by Roberta Flack hits #1 on the Billboard Hot 100 for 5 weeks, also peaking at #2 on the R&B singles chart on the same date. Written by Norman Gimbel and Charles Fox, it is the second chart topping single for the North Carolina born singer, songwriter and musician. Originally recorded by singer Lori Leiberman, the song is inspired by a poem she writes after seeing singer Don McLean (“American Pie”) perform at The Troubadour nightclub in West Hollywood. Flack sees a picture of Leiberman in a magazine article about her and the song while flying from LA to New York. After hearing Leiberman’s version, Flack decides that she wants to record it herself. Her belief in the songs hit potential is confirmed when she performs it live for the first time. In September of 1972 while appearing as Marvin Gaye’s opening act at the Greek Theater, she performs “Killing Me Softly” during her encore and crowds reaction is wildly enthusiastic. After her set, Gaye tells her not to perform the song again live until after she records it. Once in the studio, Flack spends nearly three months fine tuning the song before feeling that it’s ready for release. Released as a single in January of 1973, it is an instant smash. Entering the Hot 100 at #54 on January 27, 1973, it rockets to the top of the chart four weeks later. “Killing Me Softly With His Song” wins three Grammy Awards, including Best Pop Vocal Performance, Female and her second consecutive win for Record Of The Year. Gimbel And Fox also win the award for Song Of The Year. In 1996, The Fugees revive “Killing Me Softly”, reaching #2 (for 3 weeks) on the Billboard Airplay Chart on June 22, 1996, and winning two Grammy Awards for their album “The Score”. The song is also covered by R&B single Al B. Sure! on this debut album in 1988, shortening the title to “Killing Me Softly”. Regarded by many as the definitive rendition of the song, Roberta Flack’s version is inducted into the Grammy Hall of Fame in 1999. “Killing Me Softly With His Song” is certified Gold in the US by the RIAA.

On this day in music history: April 15, 1972 – “The First Time Ever I Saw Your Face” by Roberta Flack hits #1 on the Billboard Hot 100 for 6 weeks, also topping the Adult Contemporary chart for 6 weeks on April 1, 1972, and peaking at #4 on the R&B singles chart on May 20, 1972. Written by Ewan MacColl, it is the first chart topping single for the singer, songwriter and musician from Black Mountain, NC. Originally written by Scottish folk singer Ewan MacColl (the father of singer/songwriter Kirsty MacColl) in 1957 for his future wife Peggy Seeger (the sister of folk music legend Pete Seeger), while the pair are having an affair, and while MacColl is married to someone else. Roberta Flack at some point hears the song, and begins performing it on evening and weekend gigs at night clubs in Washington DC (during the week she works as a teacher). She also records “The First Time Ever I Saw Your Face” for her 1969 debut album “First Take”. When the album is first released, it and the song attracts little notice. Then in 1971, actor and first time director Clint Eastwood hears Flack’s rendition, feeling that it will perfectly underscore a scene in his film “Play Misty For Me”. He acquires the rights from Atlantic Records to use it in the film. Once the film is released, the audience reaction is immediate and overwhelmingly positive, with people literally going from movie theaters to record stores looking for the song. Atlantic quickly prepares an edited version of the nearly five and a half minute track, and rush releases it as a single in February of 1972. Entering the Hot 100 at #77 on March 4, 1972, “Face” rockets to the top of the chart six weeks later. The single wins two Grammy Awards including Record and Song Of The Year, and is ranked as the number one single of 1972 by Billboard Magazine. The huge success of the single also propels Flack’s album “First Take” to number one on the pop and R&B album charts. The album is also inducted into the Grammy Hall Of Fame in 2016. “The First Time Ever I Saw Your Face” is certified Gold in the US by the RIAA.