Killing Me Softly with His Song
Killing Me Softly with His Song is a song composed by Charles Fox with lyrics by Norman Gimbel. The song was written in collaboration with Lori Lieberman, who recorded the song in late 1971, in 1973 it became a number-one hit, in the US and Canada, for Roberta Flack, reaching number six in the UK Singles Chart. The song has since covered by numerous artists, including the version by the Fugees that won the 1997 Grammy for Best R&B Performance by a Duo or Group with Vocal. According to Lori Lieberman, who performed the recording in 1971. She related this information to Gimbel, who took her feelings, Gimbel passed the words to Fox, who set them to music. According to Norman Gimbel, Gimbel was introduced to the Argentinean-born composer Lalo Schifrin, both Gimbel and Schifrin made a suggestion to write a Broadway musical together, and Schifrin gave Gimbel an Argentinean novel—Hopscotch by Julio Cortázar—to read as a possible idea. The book was never made into a musical, but in two, the narrator describes himself as sitting in a bar listening to an American pianist friend kill us softly with some blues.
Gimbel put the phrase in his book for use at a future time with a parenthesis around the word blues. Don McLean said he didnt know the song described him and, Ive heard both Loris and Robertas version and I must say Im very humbled about the whole thing. You cant help but feel that way about a song written, Fox has repudiated Liebermans having input into the songs creation, saying, We wrote the song and heard it and said it reminded her of how she felt at concert. Don McLean didnt inspire Norman or me to write the song, Don McLean supported Lieberman both on his website and from the stage of a concert which he invited her to attend in 2010. However, the matter reached an unequivocal conclusion when contemporaneous articles from the early 1970s were exhumed. In an April 5,1973 article in the Daily News, Norman Gimbel was quoted as follows, I had a notion this might make a good song so the three of us discussed it. We talked it over several times, just as we did for the rest of the numbers we wrote for this album, Lieberman was the first to record the song in late 1971, releasing it in early 1972.
Helen Reddy has said she was sent the song, but the demo, sat on my turntable for months without being played because I didnt like the title. Roberta Flack first heard the song on an airline, when the Lieberman original was featured on the audio program. After scanning the listing of available audio selections, Flack would recall, The title, of course, I immediately pulled out some scratch paper, made musical staves play the song at least eight to ten times jotting down the melody that I heard. When I landed, I immediately called Quincy at his house, two days I had the music
Raindrops Keep Fallin' on My Head
Raindrops Keep Fallin on My Head is a song written by Hal David and Burt Bacharach for the 1969 film Butch Cassidy and the Sundance Kid. It won an Academy Award for Best Original Song and Bacharach won Best Original Score. The song was recorded by B. J. Thomas in seven takes, in the film version of the song, Thomas had been recovering from laryngitis, which made his voice sound hoarser than in the 7-inch release. The film version featured a separate vaudeville-style instrumental break in time while Paul Newman performed bicycle stunts. The single by B. J. Thomas reached number 1 on charts in the United States, Norway and it topped the Billboard Hot 100 for four weeks in January 1970 and was the first American number-one hit of the 1970s. The song spent seven weeks atop the Billboard adult contemporary chart, Billboard ranked it as the No.4 song of 1970. According to Billboard magazine, Thomas single had sold over 2 million copies by March 14,1970, with eight-track, ray Stevens was first offered the opportunity to record it for the film, but turned it down.
He chose instead to record the song Sunday Morning Coming Down, bob Dylan is supposed to have been approached for the song, but he, reportedly declined. The trumpet solos in the song are performed by Chuck Findley, in 2004, it finished at number 23 on AFIs 100 Years.100 Songs survey of top tunes in American cinema. In 2008, the single was ranked 85th on Billboards Hot 100 All-Time Top Songs, Billboard Magazine ranked the song 15th on its Top 50 Movie Songs of All Time list in 2014. On December 3,2013, the National Academy of Recording Arts, raindrops Keep Fallin on My Head was used in the film Spy Hard, which parodied the scene in Butch Cassidy and the Sundance Kid. Police Constable Pan-Am sings the lines at the end of his appearance in Series 2. It is on the soundtracks to Forrest Gump and Spider-Man 2, in the latter accentuating Peter Parkers blissful mood after abandoning his Spider-Man identity and it was used in the Kevin Smith film Clerks II. The first episode of the season of the popular medical drama Greys Anatomy is named after the song.
It is used in The Simpsons, episode 16 of the season, called Duffless, at the end of the episode. It was used in a season 1 episode of Arrested Development entitled Altar Egos and it was used in the 2003 film The In-Laws starring Michael Douglas and Albert Brooks, which was a remake of the 1979 Peter Falk / Alan Arkin film. The song has been covered numerous times, from January 24 to March 13,1970, it was a number-one hit in Australia on the Go-Set National Top 40 for local pop singer, Johnny Farnham. Portuguese-born television and radio presenter Pedro Biker released a Danish version re-entitled Regndråber Drypper I Mit Hår in 1970, a Swedish version was made in 1970, Regnet det bara öser ner sung by Siw Malmkvist
(They Long to Be) Close to You
Close to You is a popular song written by Burt Bacharach and Hal David, most notably sung by the Carpenters. The song was first recorded by Richard Chamberlain and released as a single in 1963 as They Long to Be Close to You, only that singles flip side, Blue Guitar, became a hit. Bacharach released his own version in 1968, but the version recorded by Carpenters with instrumental backing by L. A. studio musicians from the Wrecking Crew, which became a hit in 1970, is the best known. The first recorded duet of song is attributed to Dinah Washington and Lionel Hampton. The song can be found on Hamptons 1995 album Jazz Moods. and on the 1996 compilation double-CD Dinah Wasshington, as Washington died in late 1963, this is believed to be one of the first recordings of this song. In 1970, it was released by the Carpenters on their album Close to You, the song stayed at number one on the Billboard Hot 100 for four weeks. This song was given to Herb Alpert as a follow up to his number one hit, This Guys in Love with You.
Alpert was not thrilled with his version and shelved the recording, looking for a follow-up to their first A&M Records/Billboard number 54 recording Ticket to Ride, in 1969 Alpert decided to give it to the Carpenters. Richard had stated that when Alpert introduced the song to him back in early 1970 and he and Alpert collaborated on the song, and the finished product was a 4-minute, 36-second long song. When A&M Records decided to release it as a 3-minute, 40-second long single in May 1970, Billboard ranked it as the number 2 song for 1970. With Close to You, Carpenters earned a Grammy Award for Best Contemporary Performance by a Duo and it became the first of three Grammy Awards they would win during their careers. Richard had originally written the flugelhorn solo part for Herb Alpert, Richard commented, Chuck didnt play it that way at first, but I worked with him and he nailed it. A lot of thought it was Herb – Bacharach thought so. But its the way Findley is playing it, Andy Williams recorded a version of the song for his 1970 album The Andy Williams Show.
The Ladybirds recorded the song for The Benny Hill Show, Frank Sinatra recorded a version of the song for his 1971 album Sinatra and Company. Engelbert Humperdinck recorded a version of the song for his 1972 album In Time, isaac Hayes recorded a version of the song for his 1971 album Black Moses. In 1972, the song became a hit when recorded by Jerry Butler. It went to number 6 on the Billboard R&B chart, in 1976, another hit version was released by B. T
For the Young at Heart
For the Young at Heart was Perry Comos seventh RCA Victor 12 long-play album, released in 1960. For The Young At Heart was an album with all the songs having Young in their title. It is the first Perry Como album produced by Hugo & Luigi, the producers Hugo Peretti and Luigi Creatore banned strings from the studio, instead employing a nine-piece horn section, a prominent rhythm section with lots of guitar, and an ever-present chorus. Masingill, although uncredited, are unique and uptempo with a touch of swing
We've Only Just Begun
Weve Only Just Begun is a hit single by Carpenters written by Roger Nichols and Paul Williams. Ranked at No.405 on Rolling Stone magazines list of The 500 Greatest Songs of All Time, the song was originally recorded by Smokey Roberds, a friend of Nichols, under the name Freddie Allen. It debuted in a television commercial for Crocker National Bank in California in the winter of 1970 with Williams on vocals. Hal Riney, founder of the San Francisco-based advertising agency Hal Riney & Partners, the song played over footage of a young couple getting married and just starting out. Direct reference to the bank was left out, in part to make the more marketable. The commercial was very popular and Crocker Nationals business flourished, Richard Carpenter saw the commercial and guessed correctly that it was Paul Williams. Carpenter ran into Williams on the record companys lot and asked if a version was available. Although it had two verses and no bridge, Williams stated that there was a bridge and an additional verse, forming a complete song, he.
Carpenter selected the composition for the third single and included it on the LP Close to You. Released in the summer of 1970, the single featured Karens lead vocals. It was considered by both Karen and Richard to be their signature song, according to The Billboard Book of Top 40 Hits, on the U. S. Adult Contemporary singles chart, it was the duos best-performing tune, the song helped them to win two Grammy Awards in 1971, for the Best New Artist and Best Contemporary Performance by a Duo, Group, or Chorus. For Williams, the song was a victory, it was his first collaboration with Nichols that resulted in a hit single. In 1998, the recording was inducted into the Grammy Hall of Fame for recordings of lasting quality or historical significance, a 1981 cover version by Lee McDonald has been a modern soul classic for many years. The song was sampled in R&B singer Miguels song How Many Drinks, taken from his Grammy-nominated 2012 album Kaleidoscope Dream. In 2016, the song was used in commercial, this time for Lowes Home Improvement.
23 on the UK charts ODonel Levy, sampled by Pete Rock, Craig Mack and it closed the 2000 gay ensemble, The Broken Hearts Club, A Romantic Comedy, performed by Mary Beth Maziarz. Weve Only Just Begun was featured at the conclusion of the Australian film, The Castle and it was part of the score of John Carpenters In the Mouth of Madness, where it was heard playing over loudspeakers while the protagonist was committed to a psychiatric hospital
The Songs I Love (album)
The Songs I Love was Perry Comos 11th RCA Victor 12 long-play album and the first featuring RCA Victors Dynagroove technology. Perry Como hosted a program on NBC TV until June 1963. A regular feature of the show would seat Como on a set that spelled out Mr. C. while he would croon a favorite song. A photo of the set adorns the cover of Songs I Love and this album reproduces the effect of that segment over a dozen soft ballads such as Fly Me to the Moon and This Is All I Ask. The leadoff track, The Songs I Love, sets the tone for everything that follows, the Songs I Love was a commercially successful album aimed at fans of The Perry Como Show, to whom it is recommended. Vimmerstedt When I Lost You What Kind of Fool Am I
Saturday Night with Mr. C
Saturday Night with Mr. C was Perry Comos third RCA Victor 12 long-play album, and his first in full stereophonic sound. All stereo pressings of Saturday Night With Mr. C. excluded the track Come Rain or Come Shine and it is assumed that this cut had something to do with space limitations within the new stereo LP format. This song was re-released in 1967 on the RCA Camden compilation Hello, Young Lovers, in 2001, this album was reissued by the Collectables Records third-party label by arrangement with RCA for the first time complete in stereo including Come Rain or Come Shine. Since Comos television show ran on Thursday evenings in Australia, the title for the Australian pressing of album is Thursday Night With Mr. Como. Background accompaniment is provided by the Mitchell Ayres orchestra, with the Ray Charles Singers
By Request (Perry Como album)
By Request is Perry Comos Ninth RCA Victor 12 long-play album. The title made it sound like a number of his earlier LPs, but where previous records like We Get Letters and Sing to Me Mr. C consisted of old standards, By Request was, for the most part, a collection of recent material. Many critics said that the material suited Como especially well, by Request was Comos most successful non-holiday LP release in three years. –3,04 Somebody Cares –3,18 Ill Remember April –3,02 Moon River – A recording of The Bells of St. Marys was made during the sessions, but left off the completed album. It was not released until its inclusion on the 2001 compilation CD A Perry Como Christmas, Perry Como – vocals Peter Gamble – liner Notes Perry Como discography