Sundance Compilations
Rarities New EP Discovered
Books Good Earth
Corn Dollies USA Chart info
Covers Bootlegs
Grammy Bring Back the Mary Hopkin Days
Bolan More Trivia still to find

A Marc Bolan Connection?

Thought you might like to know a tape has surfaced in the US not of Mary Hopkin, but Marc Bolan running the backing singers, The Turtles, through the songs.  There is a British woman singing on there with Marc Bolan, and it could possibly be Mary.

There is also a child in there doing a lot of talking.  As you know the Bolan connection is Tony Visconti.

The tape has only been heard by a few people (I'm not one of them), but I guess it will sooner or later emerge, just about anything and everthing with Bolan on it does tend to. 

Mary is also supposed to sing on a Bolan demo which surfaced in the 80's.  It was either Truck On Tyke or Cadillac. 

Can anyone confirm this?
Thanks to "Gerry" for this piece of information

Well thanks to Gerry, I have now listened to the demo in question of TRUCK ON TYKE and it's most certainly 'our' Mary singing on there...

Sundance

Did you know Sundance brought out one other record after Mary 'left'. A female 'vocalist' called Verity Haines took over. And if you had heard the song called 'Walk Right In / Jealousy on Bronze BRO 147 (1982) you would understand why they did no more!!!

The name Sundance later became a record label, but not for long, for examples of some releases see below.

'BE-BOP--A-LULA' / 'ISNT IT ABOUT TIME' by THE ALTER BOYS, SUNDANCE RECORDS 'SUND 2' PRODUCED BY MIKE HURST ......

LITTLE QUEENIE / BABY CAN YOU ROCK...JONAS ...SUNDANCE RECORDS SUND 3....1983

HOT LIPS BOOGIE / CHICK HEN STEW.....JOHNNY MARS....SUNDANCE RECORDS SUND 004 1984

Another band calling themselves 'Sundance' emerged a little later nothing to do with the originals, they released one record called 'Montego Bay / No Problem on the 'Passion' record label, PASH31

Did you know Mary was nominated for a Grammy in 1968,
I didn't, Alas Ms Warwick Won

1968, Best Contemporary Pop Vocal Performance, Female

Mary Hopkin, "Those Were the Days"

Dionne Warwick, "Do You Know the Way To San Jose"

 

Songs that feature Mary's Name

'VOICES'.
A COLLECTION OF VOCALISTS ON HANNIBAL RECORDS.
..THIS FEATURES A BAND CALLED 'SHOPPING TROLLEY' WHO SING A SONG CALLED
''BRING BACK THE MARY HOPKIN DAYS'',
ALTHOUGH THIS DOES NOT FEATURE MARY HERSELF
I THINK ITS A LOVELY SONG AND WORTH MENTIONING.........CD.


THE DAY THAT LORRAINE CAME DOWN / MERY HOPKINS NEVER HAD DAYS LIKE THESE..
BY P.J PROBY LIBERTY RECORDS...SINGLE ....LBF15152.....
1968 AGAIN IT DOES'NT FEATURE MARY BUT A LITTLE ODDITY NEVER HURT ANYONE ....!

A vinyl LP released in 1989 by the Corn Dollies called "WRECKED"
has a track on there called "MARY HOPKIN SONG".
I have listened to the track a couple of times (and believe me that was
enough) and I can find no reference to her other than a few la, la, la's,
which is probably why it is called what it is!! I love TRIVIA

 

Info on Good Earth Recordings Singles
LOADS MISSING IF ANYBODY CAN COMPLETE THE LIST
I WOULD BE GRATEFUL THANKS

Artist Track Number / Year
SURPRISE SISTERS LA BOOGA ROOGA / SEASHORE GD 1 / 1976
MARY HOPKIN IF YOU LOVE ME / TELL ME NOW GD 2 / 1976
SURPRISE SISTERS GOT TO GET YOU INTO MY LIFE
/ MISTY MORNING
GD3 / 1976
RICKY GARDINER TIMES ARE TIGHT / LOVE NEST GD 4 / 1976
SURPRISE SISTERS I AIN'T NO MOUNTAIN /
CAN I BELIEVE IN YOU
GD 5 / 1976
F.B.I FBI /
THE TIME IS RIGHT TO LEAVE THE CITY
GD 6 / 1976
THE RAH BAND THE CRUNCH ( PART 1)
/ THE CRUNCH (PART 2 )
GD 7 / 1977
BUFFALO MIDNIGHT COWBOY
/ ONE OF THESE MORNINGS
GD 8 / 1977
SURPRISE SISTERS MUSIC MUSIC / RHYTHM GD9 / 1977
OMAHA SHERIFF COME HELL OR WATERS HIGH /
PAYNE STREET JUNCTION
GD10 / 1977
MARY HOPKIN WRAP ME IN YOUR ARMS /
JUST A DREAMER
GD11 / 1977
TZUKE & PAXO THESE ARE THE LAWS /
IT'S ONLY FANTASIES
GD12 /1977
ALAN ROSS GET THE GUNS / MYSTIFIED GD 14 / 1977
OMAHA SHERIFF YOU GIVE ME LOVE
/ GOODBYE COUSIN SAM
GD 15 / 1977

 

Still To Find

"Quote Unquote"

"Never Turn your back on mother earth"
( This has since been released on Mary's Valentine CD )
Demo 1975 with "Sparks"
Thanks to Carl Van Breukelen who runs the above "Sparks"
Website we seem to have another rarity, Below is a snippet
of an email from Carl...
"there might be a third track (probably Mary in the backing vocals,
not for sure, but she was present when this was recorded),
It was recorded as a demo in Ian Hampton's premises in 1975,
which I have a copy from. It's very rare - officially it doesn't even
exist, and the Maels don't even remember having ever recorded it.
The song is called "Intrusion", a very early demo of what a year later
became "Confusion".

Thanks Carl for this information
I have now had a chance to hear this demo track, called "Intrusion"
and it is most certainly Mary singing so yet another rarity
to try and obtain..
Thanks Carl!
I now have a CDR copy so I count myself very lucky!!

Careless Weed
Possibly exists as a demo, and written by Jimmy Webb
was supposedly written for Mary some - time in 1969.
And was also reported in the press.

Careless Young And Free
Again may exist as a demo, written by Jonathon Kelly
this was supposedly written for Mary some -
time in 1969. And was also reported in the press.

Children Of The Street
Again may exist as a demo, again written by Johathon Kelly
was supposedly written for Mary some - time in 1969.
And again was also reported in the press.

I'll Be Home
A song written by Randy Newan called "I'll be home"
was to be recorded by Mary in 1970.
Below is a Quote taken from a Randy Newman Website site....

"Another then-unreleased song appearing on the live album,
"I'll Be Home," was written by Newman following
a telegrammed request of Apple Records head Derek Taylor
(for British singer Mary Hopkin); other cover artists of this
song include Barbara Streisand, Nilsson, and Tim Hardin
(Newman, inexplicably, would wait until 1977's
Little Criminals LP before releasing his own studio version). "

I Love My Shirt?
Written by Donovan and supposedly sung by
Mary at the Postcard sessions, ummm not to sure about this!!

 

RARITIES

DURING THE SUNDANCE PROMOTIONAL INTERVIEWS / RECORD REVIEWS
ONE ITEM MENTIONED THE FLIP SIDE OF 'WHATS LOVE AS BEING BETTER THAN THE A SIDE
AND SAID IT WAS CALLED 'TAKE YOUR TIME'...
( AND AS ALL 'HOPKIN' FANS KNOW 'A SONG' WAS THE b SIDE)
MAYBE THERE IS A DJ COPY FLOATING AROUND OUT THERE
WITH RATHER A RARE RECORDING ON IT

Thanks to MIke Hurst re-releasing all the Sundance material we have now heard this lost song,
but it would still be great to get hold of that DJ copy!!!

 

'For no one / Here there and everywhere' appears on
'Norwegian Wood' by RAM Pietsch
This is a beatles tribute Album and features various artistes,
SPV Records LP 09-8806, CD 85-8808,GOLD CD 98-8809,MC 09-8807

 

Some USA Facts and Figures
Courtesy of Randall Chaput

As far as the US charts go, according to a reference book I have,
Knock, Knock did chart. 
Think About Your Children also charted in the same range.  Que Sera
Sera peaked at 76, but was huge in New England (Northeast US)- I
heard it continually on radio and it is the one, after TWTD, that most
people I mention Mary to here in Boston remember most.  In the small
town in Vermont, where I grew up, the radio also played Knock Knock a
lot and even Water, Paper & Clay was pretty big.  Once, on a different
radio station somewhere in Vermont I even heard 'If You Love Me' in
1976 - it made top 40 on Boston's charts, as it was featured in even
the chain department stores around New England.  Of course, Goodbye
was played, but not as big in New England as Que Sera Sera - only
heard Temma once on radio.  So the entire US didn't end their
infatuation with Mary so rapidly.

On another note, guess I should have gotten several copies of ES/OS
when it was first reissued on CD in the early 90s.  One of the local
HMV stores had an entire 'end-cap' filled with them on display and
had one at their listening station.  It seemed to sell out rather
rapidly,too.  This HMV was at Harvard Square (the university) and
there is quite a large 'folk' type crowd still around the area.

Randall

 

Bootleg recordings

'Lion Tamer', appears on a vinyl LP called 'The Best of British Rock' (various
artistes) VEE-JAY International (US) VJS-1209

No. 3 Abbey Road, features Mary, Donovan, and Paul McCartney

'Loves Full Glory' by Linda McCartney features Mary on backing vocals, this has shown up on a Paul McCartney 'Boot' Cold Cuts Vol 2

"Stained Glass" and "Change We Must", appears on a Jon Anderson bootleg "Chagall"...

Welsh World of Mary Hopkin, CD supposed to be Decca.

NEW bootleg EP Discovered

Thanks to information from John Nowell there appears to be another bootleg record out there, and a very interesting one... USA released, date not known, on a label called $PECIAL RECORDS SPO66...

A side
1. "KKWT" (
Mary Hopkin) (different version from official release)
2. "Playboy" (Jean & Debbe)
B side
1. "Both sides now" (Claudine)
2. "Can I believe" (
Mary Hopkin)

Its possible these recordings were made from the Cliff Richard TV show which was aired in early 1970 she sang 6 songs for viewers to choose one to represent Britain in that years Eurovision Song Contest, 2 of the said songs appear on this recording...But maybe, just maybe they are studio versions... I am hoping to get a recording of these songs soon and I hope to give you some more news then...

A LITTLE MORE TRIVIA

  • Has anyone else noticed that on the Apple re-issue CD 1995

  • that 'Think about your Children' is a different take..

  • Did you know Mary was left handed! No, well now you do..

  • Did you know that the original lyrics to 'Temma Harbour'

  • were "We can go a little deeper in the long bamboo'...

Songs Mary has sung covered by other artistes, probably of no interest to anyone but me, but thats what trivia is all about. (I must find something else to do with my time)

THOSE WERE THE DAYS / HEY JUDE....PAUL MAURIAT AND HIS ORCHESTRA..PHILLIPS RECORDS 40594

THOSE WERE THE DAYS / HEY JUDE ....THE LARRY PAGE ORCHESTRA .. PAGE ONE POF096

SPARROW / CALIFORNIA WEEKEND.....NOEL HARRISON....REPRISE..RS 23395 ...1969

THOSE WERE THE DAYS / MAKE IT GO.....SANDIE SHAW...PYE...7N.17611 .....1968.....

QUE SERA SERA / ONE TIN SOLDIER.....KAREN YOUNG ...MAJOR MINOR MM 691....1970

THOSE WERE THE DAYS / WALKING IN THE RAIN.....CYNTHIA LENNON ...DICE C7 DIM 002

KNOCK KNOCK WHO'S THERE / ONE WAY STREET...CHANDELIERS..PENNY FARTHING PEN883 THIS WAS PRODUCED BY JOHN CARTER ....1975

SHAMARACK / GREAT WHITE LADY...JOHN KONGOS...CUBE RECORDS..BUG22 1972 ALTHOUGH MARY NEVER ACTUALLY RECORDED SHAMARACK SHE SANG IT ON THE CILLA BLACK SHOW IN 1974 AND SHE SHOULD HAVE RECORDED IT....!

SUMMERTIME SUMMERTIME / SEARCHING FOR YOU...THE JAMIES, FONTANA 1958

COMPILATIONS
FEATURING
MARY

THE 60s & 70s inc TEMMA HARBOUR ....CD...EMI100

THOSE WERE THE DAYS inc TWTD! .....CD....MOPS SM002

THOSE WERE THE DAYS inc TWTD......CD....DELTA-MUSIC

Mary and Tony Visconti sometime between 1974 and 1976 re-recorded TWTD and Goodbye for as she states in an interview.... quote "A one off fee, and I am not sure why I did it" unquote....

The two tracks appear on numerous collections, I have a couple of vinyl's, around 6 or 7 cassettes and about the same in CD's you can hear the difference but it is most definitely our Mary singing on them ...  

NEW BOOKS

Did you know Mary contributed a foreword to a very interesting book on Pontardawe (her home town), called 'Around Pontardawe' ISBN 0 7524 06914) compiled by the Pontardawe Historians. It includes a lovely picture of Mary as a child dressed in National Welsh Costume.

Also Mary's sister Carole Morgan-Hopkin has written a book titled 'Full CIrcle' ISBN I 85902 407 6. It is a book written about the life of their grandfather Llew Morgan, it is packed with beautiful photographs of his family, the Welsh countryside and way of life. Again this book can be ordered from the above address.

 

 

BOOKS THAT MENTION MARY

BEATLE BOOKS

THE LONGEST COCKTAIL PARTY by RICHARD DILELLO

THE LOVE YOU MAKE by PETER BROWN & STEVEN GAINES

AS TIME GOES BY by DEREK TAYLOR

McCARTNEY by CHET FLIPPO

THE PAUL McCARTNEY STORY by GEORGE TREMLETT

BLACKBIRD by GEOFFREY GIULIANO

A DAY IN THE LIFE by .TOM SCHULTHEISS

SHOUT by PHILIP NORMAN

 

BEATLES IN THEIR OWN WORDS .COMPILED BY MILES

DARK HORSE by GEOFFREY GIULIANO

PAPERBACK WRITER by MARK SHIPPER (VERY FUNNY BOOK)

THE BEATLES FOR THE RECORD

THE BEATLES by .JOHN TOBLER

THE BEATLES ALBUM by JULIA DELANO

TOMORROW NEVER KNOWS by GEOFFREY GIULIANO (GOOD PICS & INFO)

THE BEATLES A TO Z by FRIED, TIONE, WEINER

THE COMPLETE BEATLES CHRONICLE by MARK LEWISOHN

NON BEATLE MENTIONS

WHATEVER HAPPENED TO? by ELSON & BRUNTON

TOP OF THE POPS by STEVE BLACKNELL

THE RECORD PRODUCERS by JOHN TOBLER & STUART GRUNDY

THE BOOK OF GOLDEN DISCS by OSEPH MURRELLS

TWIGGY BY TWIGGY

ROCK FILES by CHARLIE GILLETT

HOW THE PLANETS RULE THE SUPERSTARS by ROBERT LEACH (VERY SILLY)

TWENTY YEARS OF POP by KEN BARNES

TOP 1000 SINGLES by P GAMBACCINI, T RICE, J RICE

UNCOVERED PLUS by HAZEL O'CONNOR

GUINNESS BOOK OF ROCK STARS by DAFYDD REES & LUKE CRAMPTON

THE DAVID ESSEX STORY by GEORGE TREMLETT

RICK WAKEMAN by DAN WOODING

DANA by DANA & LUCY ELPHINSTONE

ROCK RECORDS by 'VIRGIN' PUBLICATION

ALIAS DAVID BOWIE by PETER & LENI GILLMAN

STREETS OF LONDON (RALPH McTELL BIOGRAPHY) by CHRIS HOCKENHULL

Those Were The Days by . Stefan Granados

2000 /2008 Pat Richmond