Song Of The Day: Mary Hopkin – “Goodbye” (1969)



Happy Birthday to Mary Hopkin, who turns 68 today and is still going strong. She first rose to fame with 1968’s “Those Were The Days”, arguably a novelty song, one that happened to dovetail with the anti-modernist impulses of the Flower Children and became a huge hit. This was her follow-up single, a much better song because it was written by Paul McCartney, who was creatively on fire in 1968. It’s just another silly McCartney love song with a gorgeous soaring melody that can stick in your head for days. In the 1970s Hopkin was married to Bowie’s producer Tony Visconti, providing backing vocals on many Rock albums of the time, and after their divorce in 1981 she has performed vocals on a myriad of projects that have continued well into the 2010s.

Photo: By Nationaal Archief, Den Haag, Rijksfotoarchief: Fotocollectie Algemeen Nederlands Fotopersbureau (ANEFO), 1945-1989 – negatiefstroken zwart/wit, nummer toegang 2.24.01.05, bestanddeelnummer 923-3712 (Nationaal Archief) [CC BY-SA 3.0 nl (https://creativecommons.org/licenses/by-sa/3.0/nl/deed.en)], via Wikimedia Commons

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One comment to “Song Of The Day: Mary Hopkin – “Goodbye” (1969)”
  1. Yeah,
    great memories Rich.
    How can ya keep from smiling and hummin’ or singin’ along with the very lovely Mary and listenin’ to Paul McCartney songs/melodies.
    Yeah, the Beatles and Mary music days gotta have many of us saying:
    Those were the days my friend
    and we wanna hear Mary again

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