The First Time Ever I Saw Your Face

"The First Time Ever I Saw Your Face" is a 1957 folk song written by British political singer/songwriter Ewan MacColl for Peggy Seeger, who later became his wife. At the time, the couple were lovers, although MacColl was still married to his second wife, Jean Newlove. Seeger sang the song when the duo performed in folk clubs around Britain. During the 1960s, it was recorded by various folk singers and became a major international hit for Roberta Flack in 1972, winning Grammy Awards for Record of the Year[1] and Song of the Year. Billboard ranked it as the number one Hot 100 single of the year for 1972.[2]

"The First Time Ever I Saw Your Face"
Side A of the US single
Single by Roberta Flack
from the album First Take
B-side"Trade Winds"
ReleasedMarch 7, 1972 (1972-03-07)
RecordedFebruary 1969
LabelAtlantic 2864
Songwriter(s)Ewan MacColl
Producer(s)Joel Dorn
Roberta Flack singles chronology
"Will You Still Love Me Tomorrow"
"The First Time Ever I Saw Your Face"
"Where Is the Love"

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