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Mary Hopkin
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b. 3 May 1950, Pontardawe, Glamorganshire, Wales. Hopkin's career began while she was still a schoolgirl. Briefly a member of a local folk rock band, she completed several Welsh-language releases before securing a slot on the televised talent show,

Opportunity Knocks. Fashion model Twiggy was so impressed by Hopkin's performance she recommended the singer to Paul McCartney as a prospective signing for the newly formed Apple label. "Those Were The Days", a traditional song popularized by Gene Raskin of the Limelighters, was selected as the artist's national debut and this haunting, melancholic recording, produced by McCartney, topped both the UK and US charts in 1968. Her follow-up single, "Goodbye" reached number 2 the following year, but despite its excellent versions of Donovan's "Happiness Runs" and "Lord Of The Reedy River", the concurrent Post Card showed a singer constrained by often inappropriate material. Nevertheless, the Mickie Most-produced "Temma Harbour" was another Top 10 hit, while "Knock Knock Who's There", Britain's entry to the 1970 Eurovision Song Contest, peaked at number 2. "Think About Your Children", penned by Most protégés Hot Chocolate, was Hopkin's