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Mary Hopkin

Biography

Although she was sometimes dismissed as the Marianne Faithful of the Beatles' camp, Mary Hopkin deserves her own identity and praise. Sure, the Welsh waif was discovered by Paul McCartney (via swinging London model Twiggy) who signed her to the Beatle's Apple Records and produced her 1969 debut Post Card, but she was hardly a hanger-on to the fab four's supernova. Hopkin was more interested in recording British folk songs than attending star-studded parties. Although McCartney encouraged her to sing vocal standards that sound somewhat affected with Americana trappings, Hopkin’s lilting, watery voice proved to be better suited to more traditional songs as well as the folk-pop she aspired to record and perform. Just listen to her cover of the tacky show tune "Those Were the Days" and then listen to Hopkin sing "Y Blodyn Gwyn" in her native Welsh tongue and there's no real comparison. After her two albums with Apple, she recorded a third long player for Decca records in 1979, before throwing in the towel on furthering her musical career.
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