1983 Roberta Flack and Peabo Bryson – Tonight, I Celebrate My Love

1983 Roberta Flack and Peabo Bryson – Tonight, I Celebrate My Love

Roberta Flack began studying piano at age nine and became so proficient that she earned a full scholarship to Howard University. She became a music teacher and also started writing and singing music. Roberta recorded her first album in 1969. Clint Eastwood used a song from that album, The First Time Ever I Saw Your Face, in the film Play Misty For Me. The single topped the Hot 100 and the Adult Contemporary (AC) chart in 1972.

Robert Peapo Bryson grew up on his grandfather’s farm in South Carolina. He joined a group, Al Freeman and the Upsetters, when he was only 14. Al had difficulty pronouncing his name, so he began appearing as Peabo Bryson.

Two years later, Peabo toured with Moses Dillard and the Tex-Town Display. After hearing him sing at a recording session with that group, Bang Records signed him to a solo contract to write, arrange, and produce music. He placed several singles a year on the R&B chart starting in 1975, recording for Capitol Records after they bought all his recordings from Bang in 1977.

In 1980, Roberta and Peabo recorded the double album Live And More, which contained ten live recordings and four new studio recordings. The pair wrote the single Make The World Stand Still on that album, and it reached #13 on the R&B chart.

They worked on another album of duets in 1983 on the album Born To Love. Barry Mann and Michael Masser wrote the lead single from the album, Tonight I Celebrate My Love. They filmed a performance video for the song to promote it. The record reached #16 on the Hot 100, #5 on the R&B chart, and #4 on the AC chart.

Roberta only reached the top forty on the Hot 100 one more time. She recorded Set The Night To Music with Maxi Priest in 1991. The single peaked at #6 on the Hot 100 and #2 on the AC chart.

Peabo continued to have a seemingly endless string of hit records on the R&B chart into the nineties. He even topped the Hot 100 in 1992 when he recorded A Whole New World. Disney used the duet with Regina Belle in their animated film Aladdin.


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