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Those Were the Days

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The title refers to a popular singer with lots of talent and great songs. Mary Hopkin is a folk-singer who was born in Wales. She is best known for her 1968 hit “Those Were the Days”. She was among the first musicians to sing on to The Beatles’ Apple label.

In fact “Those Were the Days was Hopkins debut single and it became a number one hit in the U.K.  rising up to number two on the U.S. Billboard Hot 100. It went on to sell over a million copies in the U.S. and was awarded a gold disc by the R.I.A.A. Global sales. Hopkins appeared at St. Paul’s Cathedral in London, England for the Pop Experience and sang three songs “Morning of My Life’, “Turn, Turn, Turn” and “Plaisir d’Amour”.

Hopkin debut album came out in February of 1969 Postcard and was produced by Paul McCartney. The album included covers of three songs from Donovan. Her next single “Goodbye” is credited to Lennon-McCartney came out in March of 1969 and hit the charts at number two. Next came “Temma Harbour” and in 1970 Hopkins represented the U.K. in the Eurovision Song Contest singing ‘Knock, Knock Who’s There?” Other singles by her in the 1970s included “If You Love Me (Really Love Me)” with an original Hopkins composition on the B-side “Tell Me Now” and “Wrap Me in Your Arms” which also included an original composition of hers on the B-side “Just a Dreamer”.

Through the years she has continued to perform and record. In 2005 she came out with a retrospective album on her own label, Mary Hopkin Music titled Live at the Royal Festival Hall. In celebration of her 57th birthday in 2007 she released the album Valentine which included 12 tracks not previously heard dating from 1972 to 1980. Other albums which include previously recorded Hopkins’ music are Recollections and Now and Then. In 2010 she sang on the first CD released by her daughter Jessica Lee Morgan I Am Not and along with her son Morgan Visconti released You Look Familiar which is a collaboration of Hopkins’ melodies, lyrics and vocals along with her son’s arrangements and instrumentation. 


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