: D !! Also Maxwell did a duet during the 2008 or 2009 Grammys with Roberta Flack on this song. I think he made Donny Hathaway smile. I was really surprised at his performance because I didn't know he could do a duet so well!! : D I miss you Donny Hathaway! Also, Amel Larrieux recorded this song with Glenn Lewis! Very impressed with their rendition but of course I am biased for the original is my absolute favorite.
Flack and Hathaway were good friends and went to school together at Howard University. Their first collaboration was a cover of Carole King's You've Got a Friend. This led to an entire album of duets, which contained this hit.
This was written by percussionist Ralph MacDonald and bass player William Salter. They wrote the song hoping The 5th Dimension would record it, but MacDonald was working on the session for the Roberta Flack and Donny Hathaway album, and when they needed one more song, he offered it to them.