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The first time ever I saw your face

COVERED BY ELVIS

The First Time Ever I Saw Your Face


recording date elvis: Monday, 15 March 1971; Studio
first release: on audio single an american trilogy ( april 1972 )
label: rca victor
catalog number: 74 0672


originally by: Ewan MacColl and Peggy Seeger

recording year: 1958
release date: 1962
originally written by: Ewan MacColl
catalognumber: fw 8734
label: folkways
album: the new briton gazette-volume 2 ( 1962 )

Born: June 17, 1935
Country: United States



Long before Roberta Flack's 1972 number one version (recorded in 1969 for her album "First Take"), "The First Time Ever I Saw Your Face" was recorded by the woman for whom it was written, Peggy Seeger, the sister of American folk music legend Pete Seeger. She made the recording together with the man who wrote the song for her, Ewan MacColl, and it was included on their "New Briton Gazette, Volume 2" album. MacColl wrote the song in 1957 (some reports give 1956) in less than ten minutes, whilst on the phone with Peggy Seeger: he was in London and she was in Los Angeles (he was not allowed into the USA because of his political tendencies, which the USA perceived as anti-American). She sang the song in concert that same evening.
Flack's version gained notice when it was used as background music in the Clint Eastwood film "Play Misty For Me."
Ewan MacColl, the writer of "The First Time Ever I Saw Your Face," was born Jimmie Miller in 1915 in Salford, Lancashire. He later took the name of a nineteenth century poet. He was the father of Kirsty MacColll (one of Kirsty's first hit records was "There's A Guy Works Down The Chip Shop Swears He's Elvis" and very good it was, too!).
Ewan MacColl died on 22 October, 1989, following heart surgery.



The First Time Ever I Saw Your Face
performed by:
Peggy Seeger

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The First Time Ever I Saw Your Face
performed by:
Elvis Presley

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