Roberta Flack

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!*

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