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First Time Ever I Saw Your Face - The (ver. 1) by Ewan MacColl - Piano Sheets and Free Sheet Music

  
About the Song
"The First Time Ever I Saw Your Face" is a 1957 folk song written by Ewan MacColl for Peggy Seeger, who was later to become his wife. It was popularized by Roberta Flack and became a breakout hit for the singer after it appeared in the film Play Misty for Me. Though the song first appeared on Flack's 1969 album First Take, Flack's recording of the song topped the Billboard Hot 100 and won the Grammy Award for Song of the Year three years later. In September 1969, Harry Belafonte and Lena Horne sang the song as a duet in their show at Caesar's Palace in Las Vegas. Their recording of the song appeared in their 1970 album Harry & Lena. MacColl wrote the song for Seeger, a folk singer, after she asked him to pen a song for a play she was in. MacColl wrote the song and taught it to Seeger over the phone. The alternative version of the creation of this song is that MacColl, a political.    Download this sheet!
About the Artist
Ewan MacColl (25 January 1915 - 22 October 1989) was an English/Scottish folk singer, songwriter, socialist, actor, poet, playwright, and record producer. He was the father of singer/songwriter Kirsty MacColl. MacColl was born James (Jimmie) Henry Miller in Broughton, Salford, Lancashire in England, to Scottish parents, William and Betsy Miller (Betsy née Hendry). He left school in 1929, joined the Young Communist League and the socialist amateur theatre troupe, the Clarion Players. He began his career as a writer helping produce, and contributing humorous verse and skits to some of the Communist Party's factory papers. He was an activist in the unemployed workers campaigns and the mass trespasses of the early 1930s. One of his best-known songs, "The Manchester Rambler," was written after the pivotal mass trespass of Kinder Scout. He was responsible for publicity in the planning of the trespass. In 1932 the British counterintelligence service, MI5, began a file on MacColl, after the Chief Constable of Salford told them that the singer was a Communist Party member. For a time the Special Branch kept a watch on the Manchester home that he shared.
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