An ALS diagnosis robbed Roberta Flack of her ability to sing

An ALS diagnosis robbed Roberta Flack of her ability to sing

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R&B singer Roberta Flack has been diagnosed with ALS, her manager announced this week, and the disease has “made it impossible to sing.”

Flack had three hits on the Billboard Hot 100 chart in the 1970s. His first was “The First Time Ever I Saw Your Face” in 1972, followed by “Killing Me Softly With His Gun” the following year. According to Billboard. 1974’s “Feel Like Makin’ Love” capped that run.

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She has won four Grammy Awards out of her 14 nominations. According to the Recording Academy website. He won the Record of the Year award two years in a row in 1973 and 1974. He is the first actor to win this award. According to Guinness Book of World Records.

“Killing Me Softly With His Song” returns to the music scene when the Fujis cover the song. Their version won the Grammy for Best R&B Performance by a Duo or Group with Vocals 1997.

The National Trustees of the Recording Academy honored Flack with its Lifetime Achievement Award 2020.

Flack was an important voice for Quiet Storm, a radio format that began in DC and played smooth R&B aimed at black listeners. He took a music scholarship to Howard University at the age of 15, According to a Howard alumni website.

Word of his ALS diagnosis received love from fans online. “I was *just* going through Roberta Flack’s catalog and I have a few of her albums on vinyl, but I don’t think she gets the credit she deserves. He has been a force for a long time,” tweeted a fan.

Amyotrophic lateral sclerosis, also known as ALS or Lou Gehrig’s disease, causes nerve cells to slow down and die. According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. A lack of functional nerve cells robs people of their ability to trigger certain muscles, including the muscles around the lungs and mouth, and the vocal cords. According to the ALS Association.

Like most non-communicable diseases, ALS cases occur unreported To federal health officials, so the CDC conducted surveys to study the prevalence. The last survey was Published in 2017 And found There are approximately 18,000 to 31,000 cases of ALS in the United States.

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The announcement from Flack’s manager included details about a documentary called “Roberta,” set to premiere Thursday at the DOC NYC Film Festival at the SVA Theater in Manhattan.

“Flack plans to remain active in his musical and creative pursuits,” his manager wrote. Flack has her own foundation that educates and mentors girls.

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