In researching artists for Black Music Month this fact about Roberta Flack’s career was news to me: Her debut album, First Take, didn’t really take flight until Clint Eastwood chose the song “The First Time I Ever Saw Your Face” for the soundtrack of his directorial debut Play Misty for Me. It became the biggest song of 1972, it earned her a Grammy award in 1973 for Record of the Year, and subsequently Roberta and Clint have been life-long friends ever since. So I will go ahead, and make your day with her 1972 appearance on Britain’s Top of the Pops.
*In 1979 President Jimmy Carter decreed that June would be Black Music Month. Three decades later in 2009 President Barack Obama revamped the title and declared June African-American Music Appreciation Month. Each day this month I am turning up the volume on an artist or song brought to you by the letter R. Enjoy!*