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This was the breakout hit for Roberta Flack; it was #1 in the US for 6 weeks. Flack had released 2 solo albums without commercial success, as her blend of Jazz and Folk styles struggled to find an audience. (thanks, Bertrand - Paris, France)
Folk singer Ewan MacColl wrote this in 1957 for his wife, Peggy Seeger. She was in a play and phoned him for suggestions on a song for a romantic scene. MacColl wrote this on the spot in less than an hour, playing it over the phone for his wife to use in her play.
This was used in the 1972 Clint Eastwood movie Play Misty For Me. It gave a great deal of exposure to the mostly unknown Flack.
This won the Grammy in 1973 for Song Of The Year.
Many artists have covered this, including Elvis Presley, Johnny Cash, Mel Torme, Isaac Hayes, and Gordon Lightfoot.
The title is the first words of the lyrics, but that is the only place those words appear.
Leona Lewis covered this on her 2007 debut album Spirit. (thanks, Bertrand - Paris, France)
After studying in Paris with a famous composition teacher, Charles became the most successful writer of TV theme songs.
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