500 Greatest Songs of All Time


Roberta Flack, 'Killing Me Softly With His Song'

Writers: Norman Gimbel, Charles Fox
Producer: Joel Dorn
Released: Jan '73, Atlantic
16 weeks; No. 1

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

Appears on: Killing Me Softly (Atlantic)

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