Roberta Flack recorded her classic recording for her 1969 album “First Take” on Atlantic Records. The song became popular in 1972 when it was included in the movie, “Play Misty For Me”. On March 4, 1972 THE FIRST TIME EVER I SAW YOUR FACE made its Billboard Hot 100 debut. The song written by Ewan MacColl in 1957, was a folk song that was recorded by various folk singers and became a major international hit for Roberta Flack in 1972.
The single became her first #1 hit record, remaining at #1 on the Hot 100 for 6 weeks. It also charted at #1 on the Billboard Adult Contemporary chart, for 6 weeks. Crossing the Atlantic, THE FIRST TIME EVER I SAW YOUR FACE reached #14 on the UK Singles Chart. The record would also win Grammy Awards for: “Record of the Year” and “Song of the Year”. The single remained on the Hot 100 for 18 weeks and sold over 1 million copies, earning Roberta Flack a “Gold Record”.
The single version of the song was a radio edit at 4:15. The original album version is 5:22. The song was cut down to fit into radio programing and give it more exposure.
Other artists have recorded this classic song including: Peter Paul and Mary, The Brothers Four, The Kingston Trio, Harry Belafonte, Elvis Presley, Johnny Cash and many, many others. Roberta Flack’s version of this classic love song is the one that remains the ultimate version. Her recording can be heard on oldies radio and remains one of the greatest love songs of all-time.
CLICK ON THE TITLE BELOW AND LISTEN TO…ROBERTA FLACK…AS SHE SINGS HER CLASSIC…”THE FIRST TIME EVER I SAW YOUR FACE”.
Till the next time—Joe