This week is an absolute stormer, another oldy and another goody, I want to cry most times I hear it so your Mum won’t stand a chance. ‘The First Time Ever I Saw Your Face‘ was written in 1963 by a British folk singer, Ewan McColl, for his wife, Peggy Seeger, also a folk singer and the sister of Pete Seeger.
Roberta Flack adopted it for her 1969 album ‘First Take’ and it’s this version that I recommend for your first dance of the rest of your life. It didn’t hit the top of the charts for another 3 years, but like the slow tempo of the song, it moved slowly and unfolded into a fantastically successful song.
Incidentally, if you’re going for this one I recommend you try and find the single version released by Atlantic, it’s 4’15” long, and will mean that if you’re a little nervous, you don’t have to feel exposed on the floor for the full five and a half minutes, beautiful as they are.
Tears-from-your-Mum Factor: 8
Inappropriate song of the week: Love Will Tear Us Apart Again by Joy Division