Mary Hopkin

Gary: Trivia Question:  Who was one the first people signed and recorded on the Beatles new Apple Label, other that The Beatles (actually Apple Catalog 2)?

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Mary Hopkin

1.   Those Were The Days/ Apple 1801/ October 1968/ #2 (My dad loved this song)


2.   Goodbye/ Apple 1806/ May 1969/ #13

3.   Temma Harbour/ Apple 1816/ March 1970/ #39

Mary Hopkin (born May 3, 1950) is a Welsh folk singer. She is best known as one of the first artists to sign to The Beatles’ Apple Records label.

Alongside playing solo gigs and with her band around the local clubs, Mary released an album of Welsh language songs on a label called Cambrian who were based in her home town of Pontardawe, before signing to the Beatles’ Apple Records.

The model Twiggy saw her winning the British ITV television talent show Opportunity Knocks and recommended her to Paul McCartney.

Mary’s debut single, ‘Those Were the Days‘, produced by Paul McCartney, was released in the UK on August 30, 1968. On 21 February 1969 her debut album, ‘Postcard‘, also produced by McCartney, was released.

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She represented the United Kingdom in the 1970 Eurovision Song Contest singing ‘Knock Knock, Who’s There?‘, coming second in the competition. If you mention Eurovision to Mary now, she pulls a disgusted face, not because she came second, but because this represents the pinnacle of the sugary sweet pop world that she hated.

Her second album, ‘Earth Song, Ocean Song‘, was released by Apple on October 1, 1971. The record was produced by Tony Visconti and included cover versions of songs written by Cat Stevens, Gallagher and Lyle, and Ralph McTell. This is by far Mary’s favourite album and she regrets being unable to promote it properly, being tied up in a summer season.

After marrying Visconti in 1971, Hopkin withdrew from the pop music scene to have a family. Delaney (who changed his name to Morgan) was born in 1972 and Jessica in 1976. Although reportedly unhappy with show business, Hopkin did not stop recording.

She traveled to Australia with Visconti in January 1972 and performed at a large outdoor rock festival in South Australia, as well as giving concerts in several major cities. With the help of Visconti, 1972 saw the release of the Christmas songs ‘Mary Had a Baby’/’Cherry Tree Carol‘ on Regal Zonophone Records, which was re-released in 1973. These have been released on CD by Mary Hopkin Music in 2008.

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