Mary Hopkin is 70 this week.
She was born in Pontardawe and took singing lessons as a child. She applied to go on the TV talent shop Opportunity Knocks where she won. It was the model Twiggy who saw that TV performance who told her friend Linda McCartney who mentioned it to her husband Paul. Paul signed her to the Beatles’ Apple label and produced her debut single, Those Were The Days which went to number one in September 1968. She spent six weeks there and in doing to knocked off Hey Jude from the top slot.
Macca wrote her follow-up single, Goodbye that went to number two. In 1970, she represented the UK at Eurovision with Knock, Knock Who’s There? where it came second and also got to number two in the UK chart. Following that success, she was given her own TV series called Mary Hopkin in the Land of …
In 1971, she married the producer Tony Visconti and he invited her to sing backing vocals on David Bowie’s Sound and Vision which Tony produced.
Mary’s son, Morgan and daughter, Jessica Lee Morgan are both singers.
Let’s look back at Mary on Opportunity Knocks in 1968 by clicking on the link