March 1973 – Killing Me Softly with His Song by Roberta Flack

March 1973 – a song popular in this month – Killing Me Softly with His Song by Roberta Flack

The story goes that the song was inspired by Don McLean, a singer/songwriter famous for his hit “American Pie.”

Interesting facts about Killing Me Softly with His Song & Roberta Flack

McLean said he had no idea the song was about him. ‘Someone called me and said a song had been written about me and it was #1,’ McLean recalled.

This was written by the songwriting team of Charles Fox and Norman Gimbel, and first recorded by Lori Lieberman in 1972.

Flack heard Lieberman’s version on an in-flight tape recorder while flying from Los Angeles to New York. She loved the title and lyrics and decided to record it herself.

This won Grammys in 1974 for Record of the Year, Song of the Year, and Best Female Pop Vocal. Flack’s “First Time Ever I Saw Your Face” won Record of the Year the previous year, making her the first artist to win the award 2 consecutive years.

Toni Collette, Hugh Grant and Nicholas Hoult performed this in the film About A Boy.

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45 thoughts on “March 1973 – Killing Me Softly with His Song by Roberta Flack

  1. What an interesting back story to this gorgeous tune. I came to know it in my teens as a version by Lauryn Hill & the Fugees , later learning it was actually a cover version to Flack´s original recording. I like them both very much, Flack´s for being the even better musical performance, the other one for making part of the soundtrack to my teenage years. thanks for reminding me!

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