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Roberta Flack Plans Beatles Tribute Album, Releases First Single

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Plans for Roberta Flack to cover Beatles songs for her upcoming album are currently in motion. The first single, ‘We Can Work It Out,’ dropped Sept. 27 on iTunes after the star took an eight-year break from the business. Paying tribute to the Fab Four is a project that the R&B icon is honored to be a part of.

The four-time Grammy-award winner is most remembered for her mega hit of ‘Killing Me Softly,’ a cover which went to No. 1 on the Billboard chart in 1973. Also worth mentioning is her very first cover, ‘The First Time Ever I Saw Your Face,’ which was released the same year the Beatles released ‘Abbey Road.’

“Love, inspiration, friendship and my own life’s lessons come together when I sing the songs they created. I am honored to be a part of the fabulous legacy of the Beatles,” Flack recently said in a statement.

The Beatles music has influenced Flack in both her personal and professional career. Flack lived alongside John Lennon in the Dakota in New York when he was murdered there in 1980. Fact is, she still resides there, living on the same floor as Yoko Ono and she considers herself a friend of the Lennon family.

In another statement Flack said, “My passion for this project comes from the magical genius of the greatest songwriters of all time.” The full-length album of Beatles covers is expected in February 2012.

Listen to Roberta Flack’s Beatles Cover of ‘We Can Work It Out’

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