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Roberta Flack
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Background information
Birth name Roberta Cleopatra Flack
Also known as Rubina Flake
Born (1937-02-10) February 10, 1937 (age 84)
Black Mountain, North Carolina, U.S.
Genres Jazz, folk, soul, R&B
Occupation(s) Singer-songwriter, musician
Instruments Vocals, piano, keyboards
Years active 1968–present
Labels Atlantic (1968–1996)
Angel / Capitol (1997)
RAS / 429 / Sony/ATV (2011–present)
Associated acts Donny Hathaway
Peabo Bryson
Maxi Priest

Roberta Flack (born February 10, 1937) is an American R&B 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.

Early life

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.


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.

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