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Roberta Flack Sings The Beatles

Above: Grammy-winning singer, songwriter and musician Roberta Flack.

Aired 7/4/12 on KPBS Midday Edition.

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Roberta Flack, Grammy-winning singer, songwriter and musician.

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The cover of Roberta Flack's 2012 album, "Let It Be Roberta," a collection of Beatles' interpretations.
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Above: The cover of Roberta Flack's 2012 album, "Let It Be Roberta," a collection of Beatles' interpretations.

For over 40 years, Roberta Flack has been singing her way into the hearts of global audiences. Her first big hit "The First Time Ever I Saw Your Face," recorded in 1969, caught the attention of many, including Clint Eastwood who insisted on using it in his 1971 film "Play Misty for Me," which helped send it up the Billboard charts. A string of hits followed, including "Killing Me Softly With His Song," "Where Is the Love" (one of a few duets with Donny Hathaway) and "Feel Like Makin' Love."

This year, Flack released her latest album, "Let It Be Roberta," a collection of interpretations of her favorite songs by The Beatles. For Flack, it's the melody, lyrics and stories of The Beatles' songs that make them so timeless and so beloved. "The melodies don’t get old, they don’t get stale. They’re not clever, they’re wonderful, beautifully written and therefore they last," she shares with KPBS.

KPBS Midday Edition speaks with Flack about her new album, musical upbringing and being neighbors with John Lennon and Yoko Ono.

Roberta Flack performs with the San Diego Symphony as part of its Summer Pops series, Friday and Saturday at the Embarcadero Marina Park South in downtown San Diego.

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Roberta Flack "Killing Me Softly With His Song"

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Roberta Flack "The First Time Ever I Saw Your Face"

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Missionaccomplished | July 4, 2012 at 8:51 p.m. ― 2 years, 2 months ago

Never did quite match that first great hit!

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