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Hysear Don Walker's Killing Me Softly
Complete Expressions (Vol. 2)
Brunswick 1972
Lori Lieberman's Killing Me Softly With His Song
Lori Lieberman
Capitol 1972

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Main genre: Soul / Funk / Disco

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  • kreegah
    kreegah said 3 years ago:

    @cmulwee001: Our friend Wikipedia provides at least a partial answer to your question in it's article on in-flight entertainment:
    "In 1963, AVID Airline Products developed and manufactured the first pneumatic headset used on-board the airlines and provided these early headsets to Trans World Airlines. These early systems consisted of in-seat audio that could be heard with hollow tube headphones."

  • cmulwee001
    cmulwee001 said 3 years ago:

    That's interesting, that Hysear Don Walker's wonderful jazzy instrumental, was the first cover, before all the various vocal cover version. Release wise, yes, Roberta had the first vocal cover. However, Anne Murray has admitted to recording the song before Flack, it just did'nt get released until after Flack's became a monster hit. If you ever listen(ed) to Murray's renditon, it's done in the same style as Lieberman,so I believe that could be the case. It's also possible than Anne was more influenced by Lori's version than by Roberta's, and chose to cover the Lieberman recording.

    What I REALLywant to know is HOW Flack heard Lieberman's original while on a plane. After all, there were no i-pods or digital downloads of any kind back in those days. Maybe planes had mini -jukeboxes? Or maybe there were compilation tapes that were played to individual passengers, featuring various artists.
    If anyone knows, please reply.
    Thanks

  • Jay Gumb$
    Jay Gumb$ said 3 years ago:

    Reported btw.

  • Jay Gumb$
    Jay Gumb$ said 3 years ago:

    If the first cover (Hysear Don Walker) was an instrumental then Flack covered Lieberman. She had the first vocal cover.

  • cmulwee001
    cmulwee001 said 3 years ago:

    Hysear Don Walker did the song before Roberta Flack, so she covered him, who covered Lori. If Don's album came out sometime in 1972, and Flack's single didn't get released until January 1973, that means Walker's cover version predated Flack's. So Walker, not Flack was probably the first to cover Lieberman's song. Kind of odd, too, that the first cover version was an instrumental