The First Time Ever I Saw Your Face

This beautiful song started life as a folk song written in 1957 by British singer songwriter Ewan MacColl for Peggy Seeger who would later become his wife. The First Time Ever I Saw Your Face was then recorded by Roberta Flack in 1972 and this much slower version (almost twice the length of the original) became a hit after its inclusion in the Clint Eastwood film Play Misty For Me. MacColl is said to “hate every cover version of the song” and he apparently had a special section for the cover versions in his record collection which he called ‘The Chamber of Horrors’.

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