Sunday, 10 February 2019

You taunt me with memories

Here's a good one - how to combine birthday celebrations for a revered Diva with a sort-of-ongoing "meme" (#adecadeago - see here, here, here and here)...

It is the 82nd birthday today of the divine Roberta Flack [she shares the celebrations with that "national treasure", classic-era Blue Peter host Peter Purves (who blows out 80 candles!), with Leontyne Price (92) and with Robert Wagner (89); today would also have been the 109th of Joyce Grenfell].

Needless to say, ten years ago I also did a blog post to mark the occasion [there having been a long-standing "mystery" over her date of birth, at the time I had it as being her 70th...], and I did similar a month later for the birthday of Aretha.

It is from the latter rather than the former blog, however, that I have chosen to lift this classic "supergroup" performance [out of which line-up Miss Flack is sadly the only surviving member] - it's long overdue another airing, methinks...

Utter perfection.

Flack Facts:
  • In her early career Miss Flack accompanied opera singers at the piano, but was "discovered" a few years later in the early 1970s as a performer at a jazz cabaret club.
  • Her big break came when Clint Eastwood chose the song The First Time Ever I Saw Your Face for the soundtrack of his directing debut Play Misty For Me and it became the biggest hit of 1972.
  • She was once the neighbour of John Lennon and Yoko Ono when they all lived in The Dakota apartment building in New York.
  • She was the first artist to win the Grammy Award for Record of the Year on consecutive occasions – in 1973 for The First Time Ever I Saw Your Face and the following year for Killing Me Softly (With His Song).
  • Her Roberta Flack School of Music in the Bronx provides free music education to underprivileged students.
Many happy returns, Roberta Cleopatra Flack (born 10th February 1937)


  1. What a songstress! Thank you for sharing all of this info. I didn't know she had a Facebook page, sugar! xoxo

    1. She's fab, isn't she? The last of a sadly dying breed...

      As for F***book, I have absolutely no idea - I do not use it, thankfully. Is it mentioned on her website or something? Jx

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    1. Amazing, isn't it - but why is there not a better copy anywhere? Jx

  3. A super group indeed if only they could have managed to fit in Leontyne Price too.
    They just purr through 'Mood Indigo'

    1. Purring like a Maserati at traffic lights, just hinting at the power underneath... Jx

  4. What a choir of angels for the Duke! Is the entire tv special available anywhere (it really should be.)

    Happy birthday Peter Pieces aka Stephen Taylor in Dr Who.

    1. I wish that TV show was available on DVD, or even VHS. But I have never found it. Jx

  5. Purves not Pieces.

    He's also been involved in campaigns to make vets more accountable to pet owners


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