Song of the Day, April 15: The First Time Ever I Saw Your Face by Roberta Flack

Ewan MacColl

Today’s song was written by British folk great Ewan MacColl for his future wife, Peggy Seeger, in 1957. The First Time Ever I Saw Your Face is a beautiful love song filled with tender imagery. On April 15, 1972 Roberta Flack took her version to number one where it stayed for six weeks. (It was the Billboard song of the year for 1972, a feat Flack matched in 1973 with Killing Me Softly With His Song.) Although it was originally recorded for Flack’s 1969 album First Take, it was popularized due to its inclusion in the Clint Eastwood movie Play Misty for Me three years later. Dozens of artists have covered the tune, but none match the simplicity of Peggy Seeger’s original or the sheer sensual beauty of Roberta Flack’s massive hit. Enjoy Roberta singing my favorite version here.

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About Robert Hulshof-Schmidt
Freelance writer, researcher, online comic vendor, and project manager. Fan of a wide range of music -- especially folk and 80s pop -- vintage comics, British TV, and LGBT fiction.

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