PRAYERS FOR ROBERTA FLACK AND HER FAMILY.
Roberta Flack, the highly decorated vocalist whose smash hits like “Killing Me Softly With His Song” and "The First Time Ever I Saw Your Face" made her among the most recognizable voices of the 1970s, has been diagnosed with amyotrophic lateral sclerosis and can no longer sing, according to a statement released by her publicist on Monday.
The condition, known as Lou Gehrig’s disease, was diagnosed in August and has made it difficult for Ms. Flack to speak, the publicist, Elaine Schock, said in an email to The New York Times. Unfortunately, ALS is a "muscle disease" for which there is no cure.
Ms. Flack, 85, won Grammy Awards for record of the year and best pop vocal performance in both 1973 and 1974 as she racked up No. 1 singles including “The First Time Ever I Saw Your Face” (1972), “Killing Me Softly With His Song” (’73) and “Feel Like Makin’ Love” (’74). Over the course of her career, she earned 14 Grammy nominations.
Roberta "pushed" Luther Vandross into his great career. Luther was a background singer for Roberta and she "friendly" fired him to make him concentrate on a career as a solo artist. She said way back when, Luther was THAT GOOD; And as they would say, the rest is history.
THANK YOU ROBERTA, for filling our lives with Great Music-from one of your MANY fans.
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Rodney. L. Hurst, Sr.