Killing Me Softly with Her Song (album)

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Killing Me Softly with Her Song (album)
Studio album by Johnny Mathis
Released May 25, 1973[1]
Recorded 1973 at
Larrabee Sound,
Los Angeles, California[2]
Genre AM pop
Early pop/rock
Vocal pop[3]
Length 39:49
Label Columbia
Producer Jerry Fuller[2]
Johnny Mathis chronology
Me and Mrs. Jones
(1973)
Killing Me Softly with Her Song
(1973)
I'm Coming Home
(1973)
Professional ratings
Review scores
Source Rating
Allmusic 3/5 stars[3]
Billboard 5/5 stars[4]

Killing Me Softly with Her Song is an album by American pop singer Johnny Mathis that was released on May 25, 1973[1] by Columbia Records and leaned heavily on covers of the latest radio favorites. It made its first appearance on Billboard magazine's Top LP's & Tapes chart in the issue dated June 30, 1973, and remained there for seven weeks, peaking at number 120.[5]

One of the two original songs on the album, "Show and Tell", began a three-week run on Billboard's Easy Listening chart in that year's May 12 issue and peaked at number 36.[6] The other, "Arianne", reached number 24 on that same chart in 1977 during a nine-week stay that began in the July 23 issue.[6]

Track listing[edit]

Side 1

  1. "Killing Me Softly with Her Song" (Charles Fox, Norman Gimbel) – 5:18
  2. "Aubrey" (David Gates) – 3:37
  3. "And I Love You So" (Don McLean) – 3:26
  4. "Break Up to Make Up" (Thom Bell, Linda Creed, Kenneth Gamble) – 3:50
  5. "Arianne" (Martin Charnin, Christian Roudey) – 3:29

Side 2

  1. "Neither One of Us (Wants to Be the First to Say Goodbye)" (Jim Weatherly) – 4:26
  2. "Wildflower" (Doug Edwards, David Richardson) – 4:21
  3. "You Are the Sunshine of My Life" (Stevie Wonder) – 2:41
  4. "Sing" (Joe Raposo) – 3:04
  5. "Good Morning Heartache" (Ervin Drake, Dan Fisher, Irene Higginbotham) – 2:25
  6. "Show and Tell" (Jerry Fuller) – 3:12

Song information[edit]

The title song from this album is also known as "Killing Me Softly with His Song" and had its first success as a recording by Roberta Flack that spent five weeks at number one on the Billboard Hot 100,[7] reached number two on the magazine's R&B[8] and Easy Listening[9] charts and number 6 UK,[10] received Gold certification from the Recording Industry Association of America,[11] and earned Grammy Awards for Record of the Year and Best Pop Vocal Performance, Female, for Flack and Song of the Year for songwriters Charles Fox and Norman Gimbel.[12] Bread's "Aubrey" made it to number 15 pop[13] and number four Easy Listening.[14] Perry Como had the highest charting version of "And I Love You So", which had a week as the number one Easy Listening record in the US[15] and also got as high as number three in the UK[16] and number 29 on the Hot 100.[17]

"Break Up to Make Up" by The Stylistics is another Gold record that Mathis covers here.[18] The original reached number five on Billboard's Hot 100[19] and R&B[20] charts as well as number 20 Easy Listening[9] and number 34 UK.[21] "Neither One of Us (Wants to Be the First to Say Goodbye)" by Gladys Knight & the Pips enjoyed four weeks at number one R&B,[22] made it to number two pop,[23] number 15 Easy Listening,[24] and number 31 UK,[25] and earned the group the Grammy Award for Best Pop Vocal Performance by a Duo, Group or Chorus.[12] Skylark's "Wildflower" got as high as number nine on the Hot 100[26] and number five Easy Listening.[27]

Stevie Wonder's "You Are the Sunshine of My Life" peaked at number one pop,[28] number one Easy Listening,[29] number three R&B,[30] and number seven UK[31] and earned Wonder the Grammy Award for Best Pop Vocal Performance, Male.[12] "Sing" had its most successful run as a recording by The Carpenters that received Gold certification[32] and charted for two weeks at number three pop[33] and two weeks at number one Easy Listening.[34] Diana Ross took "Good Morning Heartache" to number eight Easy Listening,[35] number 20 R&B,[36] and number 34 on the Hot 100.[37] And five months after the Mathis recording left the charts, Al Wilson's cover of "Show and Tell" went to number one pop,[38] number three Easy Listening,[39] and number 10 R&B[40] in addition to receiving Gold certification.[41]

Personnel[2][edit]

Notes[edit]

  1. ^ a b (1993) The Music of Johnny Mathis: A Personal Collection by Johnny Mathis [CD booklet]. New York: Columbia Records C4K-48932.
  2. ^ a b c (1973) Killing Me Softly with Her Song by Johnny Mathis [album jacket]. New York: Columbia Records KC 32258.
  3. ^ a b "Killing Me Softly with Her Song - Johnny Mathis". allmusic.com. Rovi Corporation. Retrieved 15 January 2013. 
  4. ^ "Billboard's Top Album Picks". Billboard. 1973-06-16. p. 84. 
  5. ^ Whitburn 2010, p. 504.
  6. ^ a b Whitburn 2007, p. 179.
  7. ^ Whitburn 2009, p. 350.
  8. ^ Whitburn 2004, p. 206.
  9. ^ a b Whitburn 2007, p. 98.
  10. ^ "Roberta Flack". The Official Charts Company. Retrieved 25 April 2013. 
  11. ^ RIAA Gold and Platinum Search for titles by Roberta Flack
  12. ^ a b c O'Neil 1999, pp. 208–209.
  13. ^ Whitburn 2009, p. 123.
  14. ^ Whitburn 2007, p. 33.
  15. ^ Whitburn 2007, p. 61.
  16. ^ "Perry Como". The Official Charts Company. Retrieved 25 April 2013. 
  17. ^ Whitburn 2009, p. 216.
  18. ^ RIAA Gold and Platinum Search for titles by Stylistics
  19. ^ Whitburn 2009, p. 945.
  20. ^ Whitburn 2004, p. 554.
  21. ^ "Stylistics". The Official Charts Company. Retrieved 25 April 2013. 
  22. ^ Whitburn 2004, p. 330.
  23. ^ Whitburn 2009, p. 542.
  24. ^ Whitburn 2007, p. 151.
  25. ^ "Gladys Knight & The Pips". The Official Charts Company. Retrieved 25 April 2013. 
  26. ^ Whitburn 2009, p. 897.
  27. ^ Whitburn 2007, p. 253.
  28. ^ Whitburn 2009, p. 1074.
  29. ^ Whitburn 2007, p. 301.
  30. ^ Whitburn 2004, p. 635.
  31. ^ "Stevie Wonder". The Official Charts Company. Retrieved 25 April 2013. 
  32. ^ RIAA Gold and Platinum Search for titles by Carpenters
  33. ^ Whitburn 2009, p. 162.
  34. ^ Whitburn 2007, p. 44.
  35. ^ Whitburn 2007, p. 236.
  36. ^ Whitburn 2004, p. 501.
  37. ^ Whitburn 2009, p. 838.
  38. ^ Whitburn 2009, p. 1066.
  39. ^ Whitburn 2007, p. 298.
  40. ^ Whitburn 2004, p. 629.
  41. ^ RIAA Gold and Platinum Search for titles by Al Wilson

References[edit]

  • O'Neil, Thomas (1999), The Grammys, Perigree Books, ISBN 0-399-52477-0 
  • Whitburn, Joel (2004), Joel Whitburn Presents Top R&B/Hip-Hop Singles, 1942-2004, Record Research Inc., ISBN 0-89820-160-8 
  • Whitburn, Joel (2007), Joel Whitburn Presents Billboard Top Adult Songs, 1961-2006, Record Research Inc., ISBN 0898201691 
  • Whitburn, Joel (2009), Joel Whitburn's Top Pop Singles, 1955-2008, Record Research Inc., ISBN 0-89820-180-2 
  • Whitburn, Joel (2010), Joel Whitburn Presents Top Pop Albums, Seventh Edition, Record Research Inc., ISBN 0-89820-183-7