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Roberta Flack is an American singer, famous in the areas of jazz, soul, and R&B. Flack is best known for singles such as "Killing Me Softly With His Song," which won the 1974 Grammy for Record of the Year, and "Where Is the Love," one of her many duets with Donny Hathaway.
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Roberta Flack was raised in Arlington, Virginia. She first discovered the work of African American musical artists when she heard Mahalia Jackson and Sam Cooke sing in a predominantly black Baptist church to which her family did not belong. In her early teens, she so excelled at classical piano that Howard University awarded her a full music scholarship. She matriculated at Howard at the age of 15, making her one of the youngest students ever to enroll there. She eventually changed her major from piano to voice, and became an assistant conductor of the university choir. Her direction of a production of Aida received a standing ovation from the Howard faculty.
Roberta Flack then taught school for some years in Montgomery County, Maryland. During this period, her music career began to take shape on evenings and weekends in Washington area night spots. Roberta Flack's Atlantic recordings did not sell particularly well until Clint Eastwood chose a song from her debut album First Take, "The First Time Ever I Saw Your Face", for the sound track of his directorial debut Play Misty for Me; it became a #1 hit in 1972. Eastwood has remained an admirer and friend of Roberta Flack ever since. In 1983, she recorded the end music to the Dirty Harry film Sudden Impact.