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Music

Roberta Flack brings sublime sound to Boston

Go down enough rabbit holes on YouTube and eventually you’ll come across a video of Roberta Flack performing at a televised Duke Ellington tribute in 1973 alongside Peggy Lee, Aretha Franklin, and Sarah Vaughan.

They were all major stars at the time, and each had her own distinctive style as they traded verses in a medley of songs. Peggy smoldered, Sarah mesmerized, and Aretha was a volcano, ready to erupt at any minute.

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