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Mary Hopkin

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Mary Hopkin (born May 3, 1950) is a British singer.

Born in Pontardawe, Wales, she grew up Welsh-speaking and began her musical career as a folk singer. She was discovered after appearing and winning ‘’Opportunity Knocks’ hosted by the much imitated and more recently chronicled Hughie Green. She was one of the first artists to record on The Beatles’ Apple record label.

Her single “Those Were the Days”, produced by Paul McCartney, was released in the UK on August 30, 1968 (catalogue number APPLE 2). Despite competition from a well-established star, Sandie Shaw, who released her version of the same song as a single, Hopkin’s version became a #1 hit in the UK singles chart, and reached #2 in the US.

On February 21, 1969 her debut album Postcard, also produced by McCartney, was released. It includes covers of three songs from Donovan, who also played on the album, and one song each from George Martin and Harry Nillson.

The next single was “Goodbye”, written by Paul McCartney (but credited to Lennon-McCartney), released on March 28, 1969 (APPLE 10); it reached #2 in the UK singles chart. It was kept off the top of the charts by the Beatles’ single “Get Back”. “Goodbye” has never been officially released by the Beatles, although a demo version can be found on some of the Beatles’ bootlegs.

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  • Timekeeperrr

    One of my most favourite female vocalists.

    27 Dec 2013 Reply
  • AlexRange

    "Martha" is such low-known pop gem. ♥ "Mary Had A Baby" is my favourite Xmas song.

    26 Dec 2013 Reply
  • iagomelo2

    So cute! Essa menina é maravilhosa

    24 Nov 2013 Reply
  • KarlaBeatles

    The Game ♥

    28 Apr 2013 Reply
  • EmmDubya

    Earth Song is one of the most beautiful pieces of music ever recorded.

    22 Sep 2012 Reply
  • KarlaBeatles

    http://www.lastfm.pl/music/Mary+Hopkin/+images/80873313 - new photo. vote!

    10 Aug 2012 Reply
  • KarlaBeatles

    love 4-ever! <3

    9 Aug 2012 Reply
  • igorgeneration

    <3

    7 Jun 2012 Reply
  • AlexRange

    Brilliant voice. Sad, but she and another popular UK female singers from 60s and 70s are forgotten now.

    23 Apr 2012 Reply
  • Gurdaur

    I listen to the wind, to the wind of my soul.

    21 Feb 2012 Reply
  • didizoto

    mah mah mah ôoooeeeeee

    10 Jan 2012 Reply
  • seamuis

    2 Dec 2011 Reply
  • the_lemon_jam

    I love you, Mary ♥!

    6 Nov 2011 Reply
  • FaustoRocks

    forever my crush!! ♥

    4 Oct 2011 Reply
  • Crowriver

    I remember a very special lady in my life back in the late 1960s called Wendy who absolutely loved "Those Were the Days" by Mary Hopkin. She would sway gently to and fro as it played on the radio out in the back office and as I scrubbed her down in tepid water with an old yard broom prior to smearing her all over with Vaseline to keep her skin from cracking in the cold frosty air of the British winter. It was only when I tried to sing along that she would immediately object and wallop me across the side of the head with her trunk...Oh, did I forget to mention that Wendy was a baby elephant at the zoo where I was a keeper and that she had a habit of following me everywhere I went? Well, almost everywhere!

    14 Aug 2011 Reply
  • KarlaBeatles

    Mary... I love <3

    24 Jun 2011 Reply
  • LuliusCaesar

    !!!!

    17 Apr 2011 Reply
  • MyMusicMyDivas

    Those Were The Days ♥ <3

    14 Apr 2011 Reply
  • johnny7gun

    not conventionally beautiful...but i have always found her incredibly attractive.oh and her husband was a prick

    8 Jun 2010 Reply
  • emcxmc

    Happy Birthday, my lovely girlfriend of the flower power age. Those really were the days.

    3 May 2010 Reply
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