Born to a musical family in Asheville, North Carolina
in 1937, Roberta Flack was discovered by Les McCann
. She was signed to Atlantic Records
, and first entered the charts with her cover
of "The First Time Ever I Saw Your Face," a song, though recorded in 1969, only became a hit when it was played in the film "Play Misty for Me."
Flack enjoyed a number of critical and commercial successes in the seventies and early eighties, among them a series of hit duets with Donny Hathaway.