April 1972 – a song popular in this month – The First Time I Ever Saw Your Face By Roberta Flack
This was the breakout hit for Roberta Flack; it was #1 in the US for six weeks.
Interesting facts about The First Time I Ever Saw Your Face & Roberta Flack
Folk singer Ewan MacColl wrote this in 1957 for his lover Peggy Seeger. She was in a play and phoned him for suggestions on a song for a romantic scene. MacColl wrote this on the spot in less than an hour, playing it over the phone for his wife to use in her play.
This was used in the 1972 Clint Eastwood movie Play Misty For Me. It gave a great deal of exposure to the mostly unknown Flack.
This won the Grammy awards in 1973 for Song of the Year and Record of the Year, beating out Don McLean’s “American Pie” in both categories.
Many artists have covered this, including Elvis Presley, Johnny Cash, Mel Torme, Isaac Hayes, and Gordon Lightfoot.
The title is the first words of the lyrics, but that is the only place those words appear.
This information was provided by Songfacts.com