Roberta Flack Discography 1969-2006: A Soulful Journey
Roberta Flack is one of the most acclaimed soul singers and songwriters of all time. She has won four Grammy Awards for Record of the Year, making her the first artist to achieve this feat twice in a row. She has also influenced the subgenre of contemporary R&B known as quiet storm with her smooth and expressive vocals. In this article, we will explore her discography from 1969 to 2006, highlighting some of her most memorable albums and songs.
First Take (1969)
Flack's debut album was released in 1969 by Atlantic Records. It featured a mix of jazz, folk, and soul influences, showcasing her versatility and range. The album included her first hit single, \"The First Time Ever I Saw Your Face\", which was originally written by Ewan MacColl for his wife Peggy Seeger. The song became a massive success after it was featured in the 1971 film Play Misty for Me, starring Clint Eastwood. It reached number one on the Billboard Hot 100 and won Flack her first Grammy Award for Record of the Year in 1973.
Chapter Two (1970)
Flack's second album continued her exploration of different musical styles, from gospel to pop. It featured songs by Jimmy Webb, Bob Dylan, Leonard Cohen, and others. The album also included Flack's own composition, \"Reverend Lee\", which was inspired by a sermon she heard at a Baptist church. The album received critical acclaim and reached number 33 on the Billboard 200 and number four on the R&B Albums chart.
Quiet Fire (1971)
Flack's third album was a more cohesive and mature work, blending soul, jazz, and funk elements. It featured songs by Van Morrison, Jesse Winchester, Gene McDaniels, and others. The album also included Flack's rendition of \"Will You Still Love Me Tomorrow\", which was originally recorded by The Shirelles in 1960. Flack's version gave the song a new depth and emotion, reaching number 76 on the Billboard Hot 100 and number 15 on the Adult Contemporary chart.
Roberta Flack & Donny Hathaway (1972)
Flack's fourth album was a collaboration with fellow soul singer Donny Hathaway, who was also signed to Atlantic Records. The two had met at Howard University and became close friends and musical partners. The album featured duets of songs by Carole King, James Taylor, Stevie Wonder, and others. The album also included their original song, \"Where Is the Love\", which became a huge hit, reaching number five on the Billboard Hot 100 and winning them a Grammy Award for Best Pop Vocal Performance by a Duo or Group in 1973.
Killing Me Softly (1973)
Flack's fifth album was her most successful one to date, selling over two million copies in the US alone. It featured her signature song, \"Killing Me Softly with His Song\", which was originally written by Norman Gimbel and Charles Fox for Lori Lieberman. Flack heard Lieberman's version on a flight and decided to record her own version with producer Joel Dorn. The song became an instant classic, reaching number one on the Billboard Hot 100 and winning Flack her second Grammy Award for Record of the Year in 1974.
Feel Like Makin' Love (1975)
Flack's sixth album was another commercial and critical success, featuring songs by Stevie Wonder, Eugene McDaniels, Bob Marley, and others. The album also included her original song, \"Feel Like Makin' Love\", which became her third number one hit on the Billboard Hot 100 and earned her a Grammy nomination for Best Female Pop Vocal Performance in 1976.
Blue Lights in the Basement (1977)
Flack's seventh album was a more mellow and intimate affair, featuring songs by Barry Mann and Cynthia Weil, Gerry Goffin and Michael Masser, Peabo Bryson, and others. The album also aa16f39245