April 1972 – The First Time I Ever Saw Your Face by Roberta Flack

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

35 thoughts on “April 1972 – The First Time I Ever Saw Your Face by Roberta Flack

  1. This song is on my Ipod but I don’t listen to it anymore. Roberta Flack was born in Black Mountain, North Carolina, although she is often reported as having been born in Asheville…my hometown. She was born in the town where the Reverend Billy Graham lives.
    The guy I should have stayed with (sad face) and I used to sit in his car and listen to this song. So haunting.

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  2. I still remember when this song hit. It was the most beautiful sound I’d ever experienced. I was a young English Instructor at Alcorn State, an HBCU in Mississippi. Me and my black friends sat in my trailer and listened. We sat on the floor leaned up against the couch and walls and smoked dope. We rolled our own–good weed from Texas. We listened and stared at the album cover. We listened to it over and over. Man that was great time.

    Hope you’re feeling good this morning, Spear. Here in North Alabama, the clouds have blown in with an autumn wind. In the trees the wind sounds like a river. Three crows attacked a hawk earlier but gave up and flew off. Cody, my black lab, is snoring on the porch rug. I drank too much sake the other night. My damn teeth hurt. How pathetic is that? But listening to Roberta Flack made me feel good. Thanks for sharing.

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    • Well, I am pleased that Roberta Flack had a good impact on you today! I am also feeling some of that autumn wind as I am not too far south of you. Sorry about the teeth, but I hope everything else is better for you. 🙂

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  3. Achingly beautiful … one of my favourite tracks of all time (despite it’s appearance in that movie which scared me half to death the first time I saw it) … thank you so much for sharing it. I needed that!

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