''This song was inspired by Don McLean. I saw him at the Troubadour in LA last year. I had heard about him from some friends but up to then all I knew about him really was what others had told me. But I was moved by his performance, by the way he developed his numbers, he got right through to me. Norman Gimbel (co-writer of the song) had a phrase he liked, ‘killing me softly with his blues’. But I didn’t feel the word “blues” was quite what the effect was. It wasn’t contemporary enough, somehow. We talked about it a while and finally decided on the word “song” instead. It seemed right then when we did it.'' - Lori Lieberman
''I had been to California to record a television tribute to Duke Ellington. When I boarded the plane heading back to New York, I chose an audio program to listen to, which featured ''Killing Me Softly'' by Lori Lieberman. The title, of course, smacked me in the face. I continued replaying the song, at least eight to ten times, until the plane landed. When I landed, I immediately called Quincy Jones and asked him how to meet Charles Fox, who co-wrote the song. Two days later I had the music. I'm happy to say that of the hundred or so versions that I have been fortunate enough to hear around the world over the years, including that of The Fugees, I can tell that my recording of Charles Fox's beautiful song made an impact.'' - Robert Flack
''Laurin Hill of The Fugees, told me that when her mother was carrying her as a baby, she played my recording of the song all of the time. And, in fact, Lauren insisted that I be part of the video of their recorded version of the song. What an honor for me.'' - Roberta Flack
''THE STORY BEHIND THE SONG''
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