American Masters

The origin of Flack's hit "Killing Me Softly With His Song"

Clip: 01/24/2023 | 2m 27s  | Video has closed captioning.

Roberta Flack discovered Lori Lieberman's "Killing Me Softly With His Song" on a plane from L.A. to New York, and made it her own. "I was not limited to just taking the song off of the page of music," said Flack. After seeing the crowd reaction to her cover of the song while on tour with Quincy Jones, Jones convinced her to record it.

Aired: 01/24/23

Rating: NR

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