Killing Me Softly Roberta Flack

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Label: Warner Music Group

Genre: R&B

Subgenre: Soul

Artist: Roberta Flack

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  • 1Killing Me Softly With His Song04:50
  • 2Jesse04:04
  • 3No Tears04:59
  • 4I'm The Girl04:55
  • 5River05:04
  • 6Conversation Love03:43
  • 7When You Smile03:44
  • 8Suzanne09:45
  • Total Runtime41:04

Info for Killing Me Softly

Roberta Flack's fourth album, Killing Me Softly, was originally released in 1973 and features the amazing 'Killing Me Softly with His Song'.

Composed by Charles Fox with lyrics by Norman Gimbel, the first version of 'Killing Me Softly' was recorded by singer Lori Lieberman, whose version Roberta Flack heard on an airplane's in-flight programming. This led her to immediately track down Fox down through producer Quincy Jones. According to Fox, she called and said, 'This is Roberta Flack. We haven't met but I am going to record your song.' The Fugees then brought it to a whole new generation with their 1996 hit version.

'Flack creates a dramatic tension that keeps her songs taut and she moves through them with the careful grace of a tightrope artist.' (Rolling Stone, 1973)

'Inspired by a Don McLean gig at L.A.'s Troubadour, folk singer Lori Lieberman took her idea for the song 'Killing Me Softly' to Gimbel and Fox. Flack later heard Lieberman’s recording on an in-flight radio station and 'absolutely freaked,' she said.' (Rolling Stone)

Roberta Flack, piano & vocals
Ron Carter, bass
Grady Tate, drums
Ralph MacDonald, percussion, conga, tambourine
Eric Gale, guitar
Kermit Moore, cello
Don Sebesky, horn arrangements & string arrangements
William Eaton, brass arrangment
Deodato, string arrangements

Engineer (Recording & Re-mix) by Bob Liftin, Gene Paul (tracks 1)
Mastered by (Remastering Joe Gastwirt
Producer by Joel Dorn

Digitally remastered.

Rolling Stone 500 Greatest Songs of All Time - 'Killing Me Softly With His Song' - Rated 369/500
Reached #3 on the Billboard 200
Reached #2 on Billboard's Top R&B Albums
'Killing Me Softly' reached #1 on the Billboard Hot 100
'Killing Me Softly' won the GRAMMY® for Best Female Pop Vocal Performance, Record of the Year and Song of the Year.

Internationally hailed as one of the greatest songstresses of our time, GRAMMY Award winning Roberta Flack remains unparalleled in her ability to tell a story through her music. Her songs bring insight into our lives, loves, culture and politics, while effortlessly traversing a broad musical landscape from pop to soul to folk to jazz.

Classically trained on the piano from an early age, Ms. Flack received a music scholarship at age 15 to attend Howard University. Discovered while singing at the Washington, DC nightclub Mr. Henry's by jazz musician Les McCann, she was promptly signed to Atlantic With a string of hits, including, The First Time Ever I Saw Your Face, Where Is the Love (a duet with former Howard University classmate Donny Hathaway), Killing Me Softly With His Song, Feel Like Makin' Love, The Closer I Get to You, Tonight I Celebrate My Love, and Set the Night to Music, Ms. Flack has built a musical legacy. In 1999, she aptly received a Star on Hollywood's legendary Walk of Fame.

Roberta is currently involved with a very exciting studio venture — an interpretive album of Beatles' classics.

She regularly plays to appreciative audiences around the world, and had the pleasure of appearing recently with the National Symphony Orchestra in Washington DC, conducted by Marvin Hamlisch. In February 2009, Ms. Flack performed with critically acclaimed orchestras in Australia, including the Melbourne, Queensland, Adelaide, Tasmanian, West Australian and Sydney Symphonies.

Very active as a humanitarian and mentor, Ms. Flack founded the Roberta Flack School of Music at the Hyde Leadership Charter School in the Bronx, providing an innovative and inspiring music education program to underprivileged students free of charge.

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