Wednesday, March 6, 2013

Roberta Flack: "Quiet Fire"

Released in 1971,
this was Roberta Flack's third (3rd) studio LP.

When this album hit the stores,
Roberta Flack was not yet a household name.
But in 1972, Clint Eastwood decided to use her song
"The First Time Ever I Saw Your Face"
(from her first album, "First Take")
in his movie "Play Misty For Me,"
(Eastwood's directorial debut).

That song became a mega-hit,
and was awarded a Grammy for Record of the Year in 1973.

The only song from "Quiet Fire" to make the charts,
 peaking at #76, was
"Will You Still Love Me Tomorrow,"
the Carole King tune first recorded by The Shirelles in 1960,
the first recording by an "all-girl group" to hit #1.
The song had already been covered by several other artists,
including Brenda Lee, Lesley Gore, Cher, Ben E. King,
Linda Ronstadt, The Four Seasons, Dusty Springfield,
Jackie DeShannon, and others - even Carole King herself,
on her classic "Tapestry" LP.
One of the most recorded songs ever,
this song has been taken up by dozens of artists
over the years.

Photography: Rod Bristow
Cover Design: Ira Friedlander

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