Australian singles chart:
Killing Me Softly with His Song entered the Kent singles chart on 26 February 1973 and was a #1 hit. It was the #13 song on the Top 100 of 1973.
The song was on Killing Me Softly which entered the Kent album charts on 15 October 1973 and peaked at #11.
Killing Me Softly with His Song was composed by Charles Fox and Norman Gimbel. The lyrics were written in collaboration with Lori Lieberman after she was inspired by a Don McLean performance in late 1971. Lieberman released her version of the song in 1972, but it did not chart. In 1973 it became a number-one hit in the United States and Canada for Roberta Flack.
After decades of confirming Lieberman’s important contribution to the song, Fox and Gimbel changed their version of the origin story, to downplay Lieberman’s role. Gimbel threatened McLean with a lawsuit in 2008, to remove words from his website saying that McLean was the inspiration for Killing Me Softly, but McLean dismissed the threat by showing Gimbel his own words confirming the inspiration, published in 1973.
Read more: en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Killing_Me_Softly_with_His_Song
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.
Read more: www.songfacts.com/facts/roberta-flack/killing-me-softly-with-his-song
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