In 1968 a young Welsh girl named Mary Hopkin became one of the first artists to sign with the new Apple Record label. Apple Records was owned of course by the Beatles, and Paul McCartney produced Mary’s records. Her first release was “Those Were The Days” which shot to #1 in England and #2 in the USA, kept out of the #1 spot by The Beatles’ “Hey Jude”. Those Were The Days was a monster hit, selling one and a half million copies in the USA alone. Mary released many more successful records over the years, but rarely made the charts in the USA. I’m always puzzled when a song like “Those Were The Days” becomes a forgotten oldie… I guess I’ll never understand it.
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