We talked it over several times, just as we did Come Softly To Me - Various - 1959 (CD) the rest of the numbers we wrote for the album and we all felt it had possibilities. 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. Fox published a memoir inKilling Me Softly, My Life in Musicwhich contained nothing about the McLean performance inspiring the song, and downplayed Lieberman's role Come Softly To Me - Various - 1959 (CD) the songwriting team. It really didn't happen that way. Fox said that "somehow the words got changed around so that we wrote it based on Don McLean Gimbel described in how he had been introduced to the Argentinian -born composer Lalo Schifrin then of Mission: Impossible fame and began writing songs to a number of Schifrin's films.
The book was never made into a musical, but in chapter two, the narrator describes himself as Come Softly To Me - Various - 1959 (CD) in a bar listening to an American pianist friend "kill us softly with some blues". Lieberman released a song in called "Cup of Girl" with lyrics about being used by someone who would "rifle through her diary" to write songs about her, who was dishonest, promiscuous and took advantage of her.
Lieberman says that Gimbel contacted her after the song was published, sending angry emails, but Lieberman deleted the emails instead of responding to them. InLieberman said she was not seeking money or official songwriting credit, she just wanted the world to know the correct origin of the song. Lieberman was the first to record the song in latereleasing it in early Roberta Flack first heard the song on an airplane, when the Lieberman original was featured on the in-flight audio program.
I immediately pulled out some scratch paper, made musical staves [then] play[ed] the song at least eight to ten times jotting down the melody that I heard. Two days later I had the music. In SeptemberFlack was opening for Marvin Gaye at the Greek Theater ; after performing her prepared encore song, Flack was advised by Gaye to sing an additional song. Released in JanuaryFlack's version spent a total of five non-consecutive weeks at number one in February and March, more weeks than any other record inbeing bumped to number 2 by The O'Jays ' " Love Train " after four straight weeks atop the Billboard Hot Billboard ranked it as the No.
Charles Fox suggested that Flack's version was more successful than Lieberman's because Flack's "version was faster and she gave it a strong backbeat that wasn't in the original". I changed parts of the chord structure and chose to end on a major chord. In a house remix of Flack's version went to number one on the US dance chart. In Flack's version was inducted into the Grammy Hall of Fame.
Credits are adapted from AllMusic. Fugees' version became an international hit, reaching number one on the U. Top 40 chart and number two on the U. The song topped the charts in over twenty countries, including the United Kingdom, where it is the best-selling hip hop single by a group,  additionally it became the country's best-selling single ofand remains one of the best-selling singles of all time in the United Kingdom.
It was also the best-selling single of in Belgium, Germany, Iceland, and the Netherlands. It has since sold 1.
A Tribe Called Quest had sampled the riff from the song, "Memory Band" from the psychedelic soul band, Rotary Connectionand their eponymous debut album.
The Fugees single was so successful that the track was "deleted", thus no longer being supplied to retailers whilst the track was still in the top 20, in an effort to draw attention to their next single, " Ready or Not ".
Propelled by the success of the Fugees track, the recording by Roberta Flack was remixed in with the vocalist adding some new vocal flourishes: this version topped the Hot Dance Club Play chart. Since then, Flack and Fugees have performed the song together.
They wanted to "see how we can create break beats. Fugees' version features "percussive rhythms" with "a synth sitar sound, Wyclef's blurted chants, Hill's vocal melisma on the scatted bridge, and a bombastic drum-loop track".
Celebrating the album's 20th anniversary in FebruaryKenneth Partridge from Billboard reviewed the song, saying, "It's a lovely cover that maintains the spirit of the original while taking the material in Come Softly To Me - Various - 1959 (CD) directions.
Stripped to its bare bones, it is beautifully sung, with just enough rapping to set it apart from the original.
The whole thing is superbly underlined by a bumping bass and percussion. Simple, refreshing and a huge hit. The video, directed by Aswad Ayinde  and based on Lauryn Hill's ideas, never came out commercially in America. Fugees recorded a dancehall version with Bounty Killer rapping, and Hill singing a rewritten chorus. However, they did not receive permission to release it on The Score.
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