KILLING ME SOFTLY WITH HIS SONG

Latest update on 13/01/2016

Artist: Lori Lieberman
Author: Charles Fox/Norman Gimbel
Label: Capitol
Year: 1972

On this Laura Nyro epigone' debut album. Written for her by duo Charles Fox (not to be confused with the male part of sister & brother duo Inez & Charlie Fox of Mockingbird fame; this Fox is white) and Norman Gimbel (who translated Tom Jobim bossa novas in English and Toots Thielemans' Bluesette). Gimbel & Fox also cowrote the Happy Days theme. The young singer who modeled for the "killer" in the song is Don McLean. Lori who attended one of his performances, witnessed how he seemed to "look right through me as if I wasn't there". Don who needs his glasses, leaves them off while performing.

Covers:

1973:

Roberta Flack [n°1 US; heard Lori's song during a domestic flight]

1973:

Bobby Goldsboro

1973:

Anne Murray

1973:

Undisputed Truth

1973:

Sonny Stitt

1973:

Vicky Lawrence

1973:

Floyd Cramer

1973:

Johnny Mathis

1973:

Sergio Mendes

1973:

Perry Como

1973:

Ventures

1973:

Woody Herman

1974:

Petula Clark

1974:

Engelbert Humperdinck

1974:

John Holt

1974:

Jimmy Smith

1974:

Mike Auldridge

1976:

Cleo Laine

1976:

Hampton Hawes

1976:

Sandra Reemer

1978:

Boston Pops Orch.

1979:

Sacha Distel

1981:

Charles Fox [author]

1984:

Brenda Lee

1988:

Al B. Sure

1994:

Luther Vandross

1996:

Fugees [n°1 NL & UK]

1996:

Scott & Todd [as Killing Me Softly With Ding Dongs]

1996:

Foetsies [as Hij Maakte Me Gek (Met Zijn Vingers)]

1998:

Kermit Ruffins

1998:

Gerard Cox [as Dodelijk! Zachtjes Verdwijnt Het]

1999:

Arturo Sandoval

See also: Memory Band.

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