Happy Birthday, Roberta Flack

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Monday, February 10, 2014
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Happy Birthday, Roberta Flack

If Roberta Flack’s mother or father had written a song to commemorate what took place 75 years ago today, they could’ve entitled it “The First Time Ever I Saw Your Face.”

Yes, it’s an easy joke – we’re quite fond of those, you know – but it’s true: Ms. Flack is celebrating her birthday today, and in turn, we’re celebrating some of the wonderful songs she’s provided to listeners throughout the course of her still-ongoing musical career.

In addition to the aforementioned Ewan MacColl song which she took to the top of the charts in 1972 (and thank you very much, Clint Eastwood, for spotlighting the track in Play Misty for Me), Flack also scored another chart-topper that year with “Killing Me Softly with His Song,” then went on to achieve her third #1 in 1974 with “Feel Like Makin’ Love.” Beyond that, she and Donny Hathaway took “Where Is the Love” and “The Closer I Get to You” into the top five, and Flack took another duet – “Set the Night to Music,” a collaboration with Maxi Priest – into the top 10 in 1991.

As you give our celebratory playlist a spin, be sure to send some “happy birthday” vibes Roberta Flack’s way!