Killing Me Softly With His Song was a number-one hit in 1973 for Roberta Flack. The song has since been covered by numerous artists.
In September 1972, Flack was opening for Marvin Gaye; after performing her prepared encore song, Flack was advised by Gaye to sing an additional song. Flack – “I said well, I got this song I’ve been working on called ‘Killing Me Softly…’ and he said ‘Do it, baby.’ And I did it and the audience went crazy, and he walked over to me and put his arm around me and said, ‘Baby, don’t ever do that song again live until you record it.'”
Released in January 1973, Flack’s version spent a total of five non-consecutive weeks at number-one in February and March 1973, being bumped to number 2 after four straight weeks atop the Billboard Hot 100. Billboard ranked it as the No. 3 song for 1973.
Killing Me Softly with His Song
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