Those Were the Days: Mary Hopkin

I remember being at parties in college when the whole room would sing along with this song. Graduation wasn’t all that far away, and this song seemed to be the present and the future.

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27 Comments on “Those Were the Days: Mary Hopkin”

  1. Carol Says:

    Yes THOSE were the days.

  2. Spaceman Says:

    The boy could use some help from a friend he knows.

    • Carol Says:

      Don’t follow country music too much, but I hope he pulls thru alright!

    • katry Says:

      Thanks, Spaceman! I don’t know much about country music at all, but you have become my teacher!

      • Bob Says:

        Unfortunately, he is under sedation and is being treated here in Plano Texas for cardiomyopathy. His prognosis is not very good since they had to relive pressure on his brain due to stokes.

      • katry Says:

        Bob,
        I find it sad when I see so many singers and actors passing away. Many were part of my childhood into adulthood, and I don’t have many taking their places.

      • Spaceman Says:

        Travis’s voice is warm and soothing, even though he’s a rough character in real life. Been in and out of trouble forever. We’ll pray for the best outcome in his current condition though things sound grim.

        “Precious Memories” is basic repertoire for country, gospel, bluegrass. Doc Watson, Willie, Bill Monroe on and on and on.

      • katry Says:

        Spaceman,
        I have always liked his voice though I haven’t really listened all that often. Things do sound grim.

        When I went to find out more about this song, I did find a list of others who have sung it. I was surprised to see it sung by bluegrass artists. It just didn’t seem to fit.

  3. Hedley Says:

    I was at the Thorndike Theatre in Leatherhead and in walked Mary Hopkin. She was friendly, lovely and I am sure I have lost the autograph.

    • katry Says:

      My Dear Hedley,
      It seems you see everybody at one time or another.

      I’m not surprised she was lovely as I thought she might be from when I’ve seen her on television. Did you notice I said television?

      • Hedley Says:

        Kat, strangely I found it and even had notes that it was May 8 1970 so it had to be a family birthday outting. (Not mine)
        I am busy watching the West Indian cricket team take a beating on Apple Television. Following a visit to Giovanni’s in Detroit last night aboard a party bus to celebrate a surprise 70th birthday, I have been vaguely international today watching the Tour de France shoot up Mt Ventoux, Verlander have a relaxed afternoon at Comerica, the Ashes series but only by text and I opened the Trojan Boxset “Freedom Sounds”.
        Oh well, the cricket is over, shall I watch Magic City or get ready for Big Brother ?

      • katry Says:

        MDH,
        I have been watching the Sox whose pitcher, in his first ever major league start, had a no hitter until the seventh.

        I am amazed you found that autograph. You must have certain places where you store specific stuff. I know where to look for stuff as I always remember where they go. I am a creature of habit that way.

  4. Spaceman Says:

    He’s struggled with addictions and trouble with the law throughout his life. I think it contributes to his popularity. A guy with some serious faults, but from his songs anyway, sincere and humble. People understand the path is narrow; easy to backslide and hard to get back on.

  5. Lori Kossowsky Says:

    Yes, those were the days. One of my favorite songs, as I’ve mentioned. I finally found the her record where she sings this song. There are other very good songs on it. I always cry when I listen to this song…today they the tears are mixed up with my tears for this crazy world.
    Waving,
    Lori

  6. olof1 Says:

    One of my favorite songs! It had a revival of sorst when I graduated from highschool but it was the swedish version called Ja det var då with one of our most loved singers (back in the days, now days I doubt many remember her) Anita Lindblom. I tried to find her singing the song on the net but it seems impossible unless one is a member of some music sites. Her voice is deeper so it sounds a bit different.
    Christer.

  7. Ilka Normile Says:

    When this was an radio hit I never noticed how much the arrangement borrowed from Kurt Weill. I’ve been humming it to myself lately as I come across photos of younger days, many decades ago. Thanks for posting as I could only recall the chorus.

    • katry Says:

      Ilka,
      I wouldn’t know that except for your comment, unfamiliar as I am with Kurt Weill. I did look it up on Wikipedia and it says,

      “”Those Were the Days” is a song credited to Gene Raskin, who put English lyrics to the Russian romance song “Dorogoi dlinnoyu” (“Дорогой длинною”, lit. “By the long road”), composed by Boris Fomin (1900–1948) with words by the poet Konstantin Podrevskii. It deals with reminiscence upon youth and romantic idealism.

      Georgian singer Tamara Tsereteli (1900–1968) and Russian singer Alexander Vertinsky made what were probably the earliest recordings of the song, in 1925 and in 1926 respectively.”

      I too had a slew of memories brought back when I played this song!


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