Killing Me Softly

"Killing Me Softly" by Roberta Flack is originally performed in the key of E major. The song was first recorded by Lori Lieberman in 1971 but gained widespread popularity with Flack's rendition released in 1973. It was composed by Charles Fox with lyrics by Norman Gimbel, based on Lieberman's experience hearing Don McLean perform "Empty Chairs" in concert. Flack's soulful and emotive interpretation earned her a Grammy Award for Record of the Year in 1974. The melody is characterized by its smooth vocals and hauntingly beautiful arrangement, capturing the listener's attention with its poignant storytelling and musical depth.