1968

April 24th

Mary receives phone call from Teddington Studios to ask if she would appear on Opportunity Knocks on May 4th.

May 3rd

Mary's first Cambrian Recording, Llais Swynol, is released on her birthday.

May 4th

Mary's first appearance on Opportunity Knocks. She sings 'Turn Turn Turn'.

June 11th

Mary filmed at EMI with Paul McCartney for an Apple promo film. Mary and Paul are filmed listening to a playback of one of her first recordings.

June 16th

Mary appears with Paul McCartney on David Frost Presents along with Frankie Howerd, to be shown in the USA only. Mary sings 'House Of The Rising Sun'.

July 17th

Mary attends Yellow Submarine Premiere.

August 31st

Mary appears on front page of Disc and Music Echo. Headline states that Sandie Shaw is to rush release her version of 'Those Were The Days' in direct competition with Mary and Apple!

August 31st

'Those Were The Days' released.

September 6th

Mary and Paul McCartney filmed together for the Magpie children's programme on ITV.

October 2nd

Appears at St Paul's Cathedral London for the Pop Experience. Sings 'Morning Of My Life', 'Turn Turn Turn' and 'Plasir D'Amour'.

October 5th

Mary guests on London Weekend's TV Startime.

October 19th

Mary travels to Stockholm to promote 'Those Were the Days' which was number 1 in Sweden. She sang on a programme called Timmen (The Hour) broadcast on Saturday night. This was when Sweden only had one TV channel so everybody watched it. She also sang 'Turn Turn Turn' and there was a lot of coverage in the press. A Swedish TV man had seen Mary perform in St. Paul's cathedral and had managed to get her to Sweden for a small fee only as the press reported, otherwise it would have been too expensive for Swedish TV. She left for the UK on Sunday morning so it was only a short stay. (This item courtesy of Lars Thoren, Sweden.)

October 26th

Mary attends Donovan concert at Madison Square Gardens, New York. (This item courtesy of Anders Fogelklou.)

October 27th

Mary appears on the Ed Sullivan Show.

November 6th

Mary appears on special gala edition of Opportunity Knocks and receives the Variety Club Silver Award.

December 15th

Mary is offered (and declines) role in new film The Rape of the Fair Country to be produced by Stanley Baker. She also is to record the theme music for the new film, Where's Jack.

December 23rd

Mary attends the Apple Christmas Party in the Apple Building.

December 26th

Appears on the Top of The Pops Christmas Special.



1969

January 19th

Start of the Midem Song Festival in Cannes. Mary sings at Midem. She opens with 'The Puppy Song', then 'Plaisir d'Amour' and finishes with 'Those Were the Days'.

February 13th

A launch party was held for the release of Mary's album Postcard at the Post Office Tower in London.

The party was organised by Apple Records. Guests included Paul McCartney, his new girlfriend Linda Eastman, Donovan, Jimi Hendrix, Eric Clapton and Brian Jones.

Mary remembers one particular detail: "My family came down from Wales and in the throng of people we lost my 80-year-old grandmother, Blodwen. When the crowd parted we saw her in the corner talking to Jimi Hendrix. Afterwards she said she had been talking to 'a nice little boy' who had been asking about milking the cows and feeding the chickens. I think he was fascinated by this funny little Welsh lady."

February 21st

Postcard released.

February 25th

Paul introduces Mary on the David Frost Show in the US.

March 1st

'Goodbye' recorded at Morgan Studios in London. Tony Bramwell of Apple attended the session and filmed some of it on 16mm film to be used as as a promo. But while one was made - showing Paul and Mary talking and working - not miming - it wasn't shown on any British TV programmes nor it seems was a second clip a colour film of Mary (alone) performing the song amid buttercups, shot in the back garden of Paul's house in St. John's Wood.

March 4th

Mary visits the set of the Magic Christian Film at Twickenham Film Studios.

March 7th

30 Date Tour of the UK starts with Engelbert Humperdink. First date is the Northampton ABC. Mary is presented with a talking doll on the opening night!

March 8th - Hanley Gaumont

March 9th - Liverpool Empire

March 11th - Gloucester ABC

March 12th - Capital Cardiff

March 13th - Plymouth ABC

March 14th - Exeter ABC

March 15th - Bournemouth Winter Gardens

March 16th - De Montfort Hall, Leicester

March 18th - Peterborough ABC

March 19th - Hull ABC

March 20th - Lincoln ABC

March 21st - Worcester Gaumont

March 22nd - Birmingham Odeon

March 23rd - Hammersmith Odeon, London

March 25th - Chester ABC

March 26th - Stockton ABC

March 27th - Carlisle ABC

March 28th - Glasgow Odeon

March 28th

'Goodbye' is released. 'Sparrow' is the B-side.

March 29th - Newcastle Odeon

March 30th - Coventry Theatre

March 31st - Extra date added to tour - Oxford New Theatre

April 1st - Ipswich Gaumont

April 2nd - Portsmouth Guild Hall

April 3rd - Cambridge Regal

April 5th

'Goodbye' is featured on Top of the Pops

April 5th/6th/7th - Blackpool ABC

April 9th - Belfast ABC

April 10th - Dublin Adelphi

April 11th - Cork Savoy Cinema

April 12th - Manchester Odeon

April 13th - Golders Green Odeon

April 27th

Mary leaves for the States for a 12 day stay for Concert Dates and TV

May 26th

Opens for a one week engagement at the O'Keefe Centre, Toronto, Canada

June 2nd

Starts 2 week cabaret season at the Americana Hotel, New York

August 8th

Mary is invited by the BBC to represent the UK in the 1970 Eurovision Song Contest

August 10th

Mary appears in 2 shows at the ABC Blackpool

August 19th

Mary leaves for the United States to appear at 2 State Fairs

August 20th

Appears at the Rochester State Fair, New York

August 21st

Appears at the Ohio State Fair

October 3rd

Disc reports Terry Doran replaced by Carole Hopkin as Mary's personal manager

October 3rd

Planned UK release of 'Fields of St Etienne' cancelled

October 13th

Starts 3 Week season at the Savoy Hotel In London

December

Mary acquires a ten week Irish Setter puppy and calls him Barnaby Rudge

December

The Pantomime Dick Whittington with Tommy Steele begins its run at the London Palladium

December 23rd

Mary attends the Apple Christmas Party in the Apple Offices



1970

January 1st

Mary writes letter to fan club, to wish everyone a happy new year.

January 4th

Mary contributed backing vocals for the 'Let it Be' single. It has been falsely stated that she left before singing.

January 30th

'Temma Harbour' released. The B-side is 'Lontano Dagli Occhi'.

January 31st

Second appearance on The Cliff Richard Show. Mary sings 'Early in the Morning of your Life'.

February 7th

Mickie Most answered criticism in the papers that the release of 'Temma Harbour' might hinder her Eurovision chances. He says he would like to see two Mary Hopkin records in the charts at the same time. He also commented that Mary was drawing up a list of songs for his approval, ones that she has personally chosen, and they would go into the studio to record them for her next album.

February 7th

Third appearance on The Cliff Richard Show singing 'I'm Going to Fall in Love Again'

February 14th

Fourth appearance on The Cliff Richard Show singing 'You've Everthing you Need'

February 21st

Fifth appearance on The Cliff Richard Show singing 'Can I Believe'

February 28th

Sixth appearance on The Cliff Richard Show singing 'Knock Knock Who's There'

March 7th

Mary sings all 6 songs for Europe on The Cliff Richard Show from which the viewers then have to chose the winning song.

March 14th

The winning song is chosen to represent the UK on the Cliff Richard Show, and surprise surprise it's 'Knock Knock Who's There'

March 21st

Mary represents the UK in Amsterdam in the Eurovision Song Contest. 'Knock Knock' comes second.

March 23rd

'Knock Knock' released. The B-side is 'I'm Going to Fall In Love Again'.

May 1st

'Knock Knock' is at number 9 in the NME charts.

May 8th

'Knock Knock' is at number 17 in the MM charts.

June 11th

Mary filmed at EMI with Paul McCartney for Apple Promo Film

June 20th

Begins 10 date tour of South America

July 1st

Mary arrives at Tokyo for Expo 70 and has a brief press conference at the airport.

July 2nd

Press conference and rehearsals at the Expo Hall (to 11:00pm)

July 3rd

Mary sees the sights of Kyoto with her parents

July 4th

Mary Hopkin show at the Expo Hall (two shows)

July 5th

Mary Hopkin show at the Expo Hall (two shows)

July 6th

Mary Hopkin show at the Expo Hall (two shows)

July 7th

Mary Hopkin show at the Expo Hall (afternoon show only)

July 12th

A special TV program is aired

August 6th

Mary becomes a Bardd of the Gorsedd, in a ceremony in Ammanford West Wales

August 27th

Mary signed to play Cinderella at the Manchester Opera House

October 8th

Appears on Top Of The Pops

October 16th

'Think About Your Children' released. The B-side is 'Heritage'.

October 17th

Appears on The Harry Secombe Show on BBC TV, singing 'Think About Your Children', and duets on 'Dafydd Y Garreg Wen'.

October 31st

Mary appears on The Rolf Harris Show

November 1st

Mary's own 6 part TV series starts on BBC TV, called In the Land Of...

December 17th

Opens at Manchester Opera House in the pantomime Cinderella





1971

February 14th

Voted "Miss Valentine" and "Britain's Number 1 Singer"

February 27th

The Cinderella pantomime comes to an end in Manchester

May 3rd

Mary's 21st Birthday. She goes to see the ballet Coppelia performed by the Sadlers Wells Ballet Company

May 7th

BBC 1 show a re-run of the In The Land Of... series

May 14th

Mary takes part in a televised programme onboard a jumbo jet flying to the United States for The David Frost Show, only shown in the States. She sings two songs which were transmitted live: 'Let My Name Be Sorrow' and the 'Streets of London'.

June 2nd

Mary sings 'Jefferson' on The Morcambe and Wise Show on BBC2.

June 15th

Starts rehearsals for the Margate Summer Show

June 18th

'Let My Name Be Sorrow' released. The B-side was 'Kew Gardens'.

June 20th

Starts a 12 Week summer season at the Winter Gardens Margate

July

Newspapers report that Apple have taken up an option to renew her contract and that 'Let My Name be Sorrow' will not now be her last recording for Apple.

October 1st

Earth Song Ocean Song released

October

Mary records theme song at Pinewood Studios for Kidnapped

October 20th

Mary records film for US TV...

October 22nd

Mary flies to Holland for a TV show

November 26th

'Water Paper and Clay' released. 'Jefferson' is the B-side.

November

Interview and sings on BBC Radio's Paul Burnett Show

December 17th

Interview and sings on Welsh news programme

December 19th

Mary appears on Jimmy Saville's Speakeasy Radio Show. Mary sings 'Jefferson', 'Dafydd Y Garreg Wen', 'Water Paper and Clay' and 'Ocean Song'.

December 26th Sunday

The Golden Shot TV Show. Mary sings 'Jefferson'





1972

Mary sings backing vocals on Not Till Tomorrow by Ralph McTell, produced by Tony Visconti.

January 27th

Appears at Melbourne Town Hall, Australia with Tom Paxton. Accompanied by Brian Willoughby and Tony Visconti. Mary has sung on two albums for Tom this year, Peace Will Come and New Songs for Old Friends

January 28th

Sydney Town Hall with Tom Paxton

January 29th

Brisbane Town Hall with Tom Paxton

February 12th

Appears on Australian Channel 9 Bandstand singing 'International' and 'Water Paper and Clay'

February 21st

Broadcast of Sounds of the Seventies

March

Announces departure from Apple Records

March 20th

Mary goes into studio to record new album to be produced by Tony Visconti. These recordings now available on Mary Hopkin Music.

April 18th

Flies to Israel for concert in Tel Aviv

May 11th

Ralph McTell / Mary Hopkin tour starts at the Oxford Festival Theatre

May 20th

Ralph McTell / Mary Hopkin Royal Festival Hall, London. Live album released in 2005 on Mary Hopkin Music.

June

'Summertime Summertime/Sweet And Low' released with Hobbyhorse on Bell Records.

July 29th

One-off TV special on BBC1, Sing Hi, Sing Lo.

August 8th

Liquidator appointed to wind up Mary Hopkin (Overseas) Ltd

November 17th

Those Were The Days (the best of album) released

December

Mary Had a Baby/Cherry Tree Carol' released on Regal Zonophone. Now available on Christmas Songs EP from Mary Hopkin Music.

Mary sings backing vocals on Moonshine by Bert Jansch.



1974

February 16th

Mary appears on The Cilla Black Show. She sings 'Shamarack' and duets with Cilla on 'Both Sides Now'

May 11th

Mary on Capital Radio's Night Flight with Robbie Barish. She sings 'Once I had a Sweetheart', 'With You or Without You', 'Y Deryn Pur' and 'Ocean Song'.





1976

March 6th

'If You Love Me (Really Love Me)' released on Good Earth Records. 'Tell Me Now' by Mary was the B-side. It reached Number 32 in the UK chart. Both available on Now And Then from Mary Hopkin Music.

April

Mary appears on the BBC Top of the Pops show and sings 'If You Love Me'

Records backing vocals on Low by David Bowie on 'Sound and Vision' at the Chateau d'Herouville. The "Doo doo doo" line was recorded in unison with Brian Eno.



1977

April 27th

Pop At The Mill screened on BBC 1. Mary sings 'Wrap Me In Your Arms' and 'Turn Turn Turn'

May 7th

'Wrap Me In Your Arms' is released on Good Earth Records. 'Just a Dreamer' by Mary is the B-side.

July 16th

King of Elfland's Daughter, by Bob Johnson and Peter Knight of Steeleye Span, released. Mary plays Princes Lizrael.

August

Mary appears with Bert Jansch at the Cambridge Folk Festival. She sings a couple of songs which includes Jansch's 'Ask Your Daddy'.

November 26th

'Beyond the Fields We Know' released

Mary sings backing vocals on Tony Visconti's Inventory.



1978

March 20th

Final Opportunity Knocks show. Mary sings 'Those Were The Days'.

December 6th

Appears on ITV Show Wednesday at Eight. Sings her own composition, 'Another Day'.





1979

March 24th

Decca releases The Welsh World of Mary Hopkin

April 11th

Rock and Pop Awards for 1978 on BBC1. Mary presents award to Ian Dury. Leo Sayer is co-presenter.





1980

January 4th

Highways TV Show. Mary sings 'The Coming of the Roads'.

March 29th

Mary appears in A Victorian Extravaganza at the Kenton Theatre, Henley on Thames. She sings 'Sweet and Low' and 'The Boy I Love is Up in the Gallery'.

December 5th

Rehearsals start for Rock Nativity in Reading's Hexagon theatre

December 17th

Rock Nativity opens in the Hexagon. Show ends on January 17th 1981





1981

March 12th

Mary sings 'Those Were The Days' on ITV's Greatest Hits"

October 16th

'What's Love' by Sundance released, and tour starts as support to Dr Hook at the Manchester Apollo

October 17th - Leicester De Montfort Hall

October 19th - Preston GuildHall

October 20th - Glasgow Apollo

October 22nd - Edinburgh Playhouse

October 23rd - Newcastle City Hall. Sundance did not appear as Mary fell ill.

October 24th - Sheffield City Hall

October 27th - Colston Hall Bristol

October 28th - Cornish Colisseum, St. Austell

October 17th - Birmingham Odeon

November 2nd - Wembley Arena, London

November 3rd - Wembley Arena, London

November 4th - Gaumont Southampton

November 5th - Brighton Conference Centre

November 11th

Sundance's first TV appearance on the Michael Parkinson Show. They sing 'What's Love'.

November 18th

Sundance appear on BBC TV's Pebble Mill. They sing 'What's Love' and 'Cottonfields'.

Mary, Morgan and Jessica sing backing vocals on Cover Plus by Hazel O'Connor.



1982

Sings on 'Rachel's Song' for Vangelis on the Bladerunner soundtrack. The song didnt make it into the film but was released on the soundtrack album.Stream from Amazon.

January 21st

Grampian TV screens a Sundance Show as part of the Entertainers Series.

February 15th

Newspaper reports Mary "Sacked From Sundance!"

February 27th

The NME reports former Miss World Mary Stavin is to replace Mary in Sundance!

November 1st

Interview for BBC Radio Wales.



1983

Mary sings backing vocals on Stages by Elaine Paige.

February 13th

Screening of 60 years of BBC Wales. Mary sings 'Aderyn Pur' and 'We'll Keep a Welcome in the Hillside'.

December 12th

Mary appears at the London Palladium with Ralph McTell.

1984

April 20th

John Dunn Show BBC Radio 2, interview to promote Oasis.

April 24th

Personal Appearance at Harrods London to sign copies of the Oasis Album

August 3rd

'I Wonder Why', Oasis single released on WEA, tour postponed due to illness of Mary Hopkin



1985

Mary sings two songs, 'Evolution' and 'The Circle' on The Collector by Marc Cerrone.

September 12th

Great article in Rolling Stone magazine



1986

June 15th

Mary, George Harrison, his wife Olivia and others take part in a protest over the closure of the Regal Cinema in Henley on Thames.

Mary sings backing vocals on Christmas by Elaine Paige. Jessica also sings backing vocals along with the Minipops.



1988

Under Milk Wood album released. Produced by George Martin and featuring Anthony Hopkins, Jonathan Pryce, Bonnie Tyler, Mary Hopkin and many others.

Mary sings 'Here, There and Everywhere' and 'For No-one' on Norwegian Wood by R.A.M Pietsch.

October 13th

South Bank Show special about Under Milk Wood

November 11th

Mary attends Linda McCartney photo exhibition in London.



1989

December 5th

'Ave Maria' released on TRAX Records

December 12th

Spirit released on TRAX Records. Re-released in 2011 on Mary Hopkin Music.

December 12th

Interview with Gloria Hunniford on BBC Radio.



1990

February 12th

Mary appears in 'No More Wars', "Rock for Romania" in Lewisham.

May 22nd

'No More War' by "Freedom Found" released.

May 26th

'No More War' video shown on ITV.

October 12th

Appears in Charity Concert to Save The Regal Cinema at the Kenton Theatre in Henley as part of a supergroup. The "Thames Valley Gang" included Joe and Vicki Brown, Mick Ralphs, Jon Lord, Ian Paice and Barrie Barlow. It was Mary's idea to have the two drummers playing mirror image kits.



1991

June 17th

Mary appears at the London Palladium as guest of The Chieftains.



1992

Back to Bach by Julian Colbeck released. Mary wrote lyrics for 'Old Faces at Heaven's Gate' ft. Brian Keenan. Stream on Amazon

The Bridge by Dave Cousins and Brian Willoughby released on The Road Goes On Forever. Mary sings backing vocals on several songs.

March 19th

Mary attends Ralph McTell's 25th anniversary concert at the Royal Festival Hall London.

December 12th

Mary plays "Rosie Probert" at a Prince's Trust charity performance in Air Studios, London of Under Milk Wood, in front of Prince Charles.



1995

Feb 7th

Mary goes into the studio with Roger Cook to cut some new songs she has written with him.

April 14th

Mary gives "rare" interview to the US Goldmine magazine to promote the Apple re-release of Postcard on CD. The interview is here (subscription required).



1996

Y Canaeuon Cynnar released on Sain Records. Available from their website



1998

April 16th

BBC Wales screen TV Documentary in the Kane's Classics series about Mary.

August 28th

HTV Wales screen TV Documentary in the It's My Life series about Mary.



1999

May

Mary is asked to join the The Chieftains' Tears of Stone World tour for the British leg....

May 25th - Colston Hall, Bristol

May 26th - Royal Albert Hall, London

August 30th

Mary appears with Benny Gallagher, Jim Diamond and Christian Marsac at the Barrfields Theatre in Largs, Scotland.



2000

April 17th

The Crocketts release The Great Brain Robbery featuring Mary on 'Chicken vs Macho'. 'The Host' was released as a single with a guest vocal from Mary. Available from Amazon

May 1st

S4C Wales screen TV Documentary Mary Hopkin



2001

Very Annie Mary, a film directed by Sara Sugarman, is released. Mary appears as a chapel woman with the line "The scratch and sniff bibles have arrived".



2002

Mary sings 'Wales' by Ralph McTell as the title track for Billy Connolly's World Tour of England, Ireland and Wales. She also sings 'Bugeilio'r Gwenith Gwyn' during episode 7.

Robin Williams records 'The Grim Rapper', based on 'Those Were The Days', with Mary on guest vocals. The song was released on his Live 2002 DVD.



2005

Mary Hopkin Music is founded by Jessica. Live at the Royal Festival Hall 1972 is the debut release. Available here



2006

'Snowed Under' by Mary is released digitally. Later included on Christmas Songs EP.



2007

Valentine is released. This is the first of the albums drawn from Mary's unreleased archives. Available here



2008

Recollections is released. The second archive album. Available here

December

Christmas Songs EP is released. Available here



2009

May

Now And Then, the third archive album, released. Available here

June

Blodeugerdd: Song of the Flowers - An Anthology of Welsh Music and Song released by Smithsonian Folkways Recordings. Mary contributes acapela version of 'Aderyn Pur'.





2010

Jessica Lee Morgan releases I Am Not on Space Records, including a duet with and co-written by Mary, 'Here It All Comes Again'. Mary also sings backing vocals on 'Just A Song'. Available here

Mary and her son Morgan Visconti release You Look Familiar on Mary Hopkin Music. Available here. Mary blogs about the album here.





2013

Mary releases Painting by Numbers, a collection of her own songs. Available here





2014

April 28th

Mary Hopkin Music releases digital versions of 'Those Were The Days' and 'Goodbye', recorded in 1977. Read why here.

December

'Iesu Faban' released digitally. This is a traditional Welsh hymn, sung by Mary, Morgan and Jessica. Available here



2017

October 27th

Mary contributes 'Aderyn Pur' from the Festival Hall album to The Ultimate Guide to Welsh Music compiled by Cerys Matthews. Available here



2018

August 31st

Mary releases a new version of 'Those Were The Days', recorded with her daughter Jessica and son Morgan, to commemorate 50 years since its release. Available on CD and download here. Read the story here.



Thanks to Pat Richmond who compiled most of this diary, originally for her website.