Norman Gimbel, the lyricist of the world the hits “Killing Me Softly” and other famous Songs, is dead. He died on 19. December told at the age of 91 in his home in California’s Montecito, as his son Tony Gimbel, and Broadcast Music Incorporated, the American society for the management of authors ‘ rights, on Friday.
The Brooklyn-born Gimbel won together with the composer David Shire, an Academy Award for best original song for “It Goes Like It Goes” by Jennifer Warnes in the Film “Norma Rae” in 1979.
“Killing Me Softly”-the lyricist also wrote the Bossa-Nova Hit
in 1973 he had won together with his long-time composer-employee Charles Fox for “Killing Me Softly” by Roberta Flack the Grammy for best Song of the year. The Version of the song by the American Hip-Hop group The Fugees, was a success in the 90s, also a great.
another Hit Gimbel ended up with the English Text of the Brazilian Bossa-Nova Song “The Girl from Ipanema”. For this, he got a Grammy for record of the year in 1965. In 1984, Gimbel was accepted as a member of the Songwriters Hall of Fame.
Robert Folk, who wrote together with Gimbel about a dozen Songs, remembered on Facebook what the copywriter entrusted to the completion of a song for a prominent film-maker, once: “tell you never how easily this work to us, and how much Fun has made us the Writing of these Songs! Otherwise, you will pay no more so much money!” (SDA/wheel)