Saturday, August 27, 2016

August 1968: Mary Hopkin and "Those were the days"


We continue our trip down memory lane.   Today, we remember one of my favorite singles, one of those 45s in the closet. 

It was a song first heard on US radio the last week of August 1968.

We can thank Paul McCartney for making Mary Hopkin's "Those were the days" possible:
"It was released on August 30, 1968. Hopkin's recording was produced by Paul McCartney and became a #1 hit in the UK singles chart, and reached #2 in the US.

The tune topped the Billboard Easy Listening survey.....
In March 2007, the United World Chart ranked the song the 5th most successful female solo recording of all time, behind 'Flashdance... What a Feeling' by Irene Cara, 'Believe' by Cher, 'My Heart Will Go On' by Celine Dion and 'I Will Always Love You' by Whitney Houston."
It certainly made the pretty Mary Hopkin into a very popular young woman. She was just 18 when the song topped the charts!

It also marked the beginning of Apple Records, the Beatles' record label. "Those were the days" and "Hey Jude/Revolution" were the first two big singles in the new label.

Mary Hopkin went on to enjoy more success. However, her signature song was "Those were the days", a tune that never gets old!


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