February 24 1973 : Roberta Flack’s Killing Me Softly With His Song hits #1!
I have always loved Killing Me Softly and for years I tried to get young singers I was working with to learn it, to sing it…and I don’t know if they thought it was too difficult, or dated, or I don’t know what but it wasn’t until the Fugees covered it that i started having success selling it!
Singers take note. It’s a great song to learn and sing.
Well, we’re in PA still and we went to church this morning. Nice service kind of hippy dippy but we enjoyed it. One weird thing, the paraded all the kids out and then brought them back in at the end. I dont know maybe they had their own service down the hall.
It’s snowing a little it. We had homemade pizza for dinner. My wife is the best. And now we’re in the parking lot borrowing wifi from the deli up the road. well, they advertise free wifi. Does it matter that they are currently closed? I’m not sure. it shouldn’t!!!
I’m nearing the end of this year long project. Today is the 323rd day of videos and my plan is for a year. It’s lookin like April 6 will be the last in this series.
I have some ideas for continuing the blog but still thinking about it.
Here’s today in music’s video, Killing Me Softly With His Song – another one I recorded at home before we came to the country.
February 10, 1937 Happy Birthday Roberta Flack!
We’re watching the Grammy’s. I hope Mumford and Sons win something! I like them a lot!
I also liked Taylor Swift’s opening – loved the Alice in Wonderland theme. She really destroys those boyfriends of hers in song. It’s working for her, though.
And I’m happy that Kelly Clarkson won for Stronger.
But it’s Roberta Flack’s birthday and is there anyone on this planet that doesn’t love her and The First Time Ever I Saw Your Face? She has a velvet tone in her voice and a groove at the piano and I’ve always been a big fan. Of course I also love her singing Killing Me Softly.
I’d love to get a chance to play for her.
Happy Birthday, Ms. Flack!
September 5, 1972 Roberta Flack and Donny Hathaway’s Where Is The Love is certified gold!
Oh, let’s talk Donny Hathaway. So many R&B singers have copied and studied Donny and rightfully so. He defined riffing in such songs as Givin Up and I love his version of Jealous Guy. In Where is the Love he and Roberta Flack just sang the melody beautifully with not much riffing at all. It’s their sound and blend together that makes this song legendary. Simple and honest. They also have The Closer I Get to You which is beautiful and I’m gonna find a reason to sing it sometime in this blog this year!
Today I did a lot of singing at home and our good friend Sam Tsui came over. He’s got a gig in town tomorrow and needed to do some work and I’ve got the pianos here, so we were so happy to have him come and hang out. If you look closely at my picture du jour you might see Sam photo-bombing me!
Well, we had some sushi and are watching the Democratic Convention. I’m drifting a bit, but it looks like everyone there is having a good time.
Where is the love?
AT THE BREVIS HOUSE!