Reverend Jesse Jackson once described Roberta Flack as "socially relevant and politically unafraid." In a new interview with nonprofit organization AARP, Flack highlighted her take on musical activism and social issues of the past and present in the 50th anniversary reissue of 1969's First Take.
Roberta Flack first heard "Killing Me Softly With His Song" on an in-flight radio audio program. Immediately falling in love with the song and its title, Flack changed up the arrangement with flair, transforming the folksy tune into a soft, magical soul-jazz number.
…in advance of my 72nd birthday (February 15), I planned a trip to Los Angeles just after the Grammy Awards (not something I felt compelled to attend, having been to more than a few during my years living in the U.S., given that actually being at the event itself offers very little in the way of a great view unless