Mary receives phone call from Teddington Studios to ask if she would appear on Opportunity Knocks on May 4th.
Mary's first Cambrian Recording, Llais Swynol, is released on her birthday.
Mary's first appearance on Opportunity Knocks. She sings 'Turn Turn Turn'.
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.
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'.
Mary attends Yellow Submarine Premiere.
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!
'Those Were The Days' released.
Mary and Paul McCartney filmed together for the Magpie children's programme on ITV.
Appears at St Paul's Cathedral London for the Pop Experience. Sings 'Morning Of My Life', 'Turn Turn Turn' and 'Plasir D'Amour'.
Mary guests on London Weekend's TV Startime.
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.)
Mary attends Donovan concert at Madison Square Gardens, New York. (This item courtesy of Anders Fogelklou.)
Mary appears on the Ed Sullivan Show.
Mary appears on special gala edition of Opportunity Knocks and receives the Variety Club Silver Award.
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.
Mary attends the Apple Christmas Party in the Apple Building.
Appears on the Top of The Pops Christmas Special.
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'.
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."
Paul introduces Mary on the David Frost Show in the US.
'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.
Mary visits the set of the Magic Christian Film at Twickenham Film Studios.
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
'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
'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
Mary leaves for the States for a 12 day stay for Concert Dates and TV
Opens for a one week engagement at the O'Keefe Centre, Toronto, Canada
Starts 2 week cabaret season at the Americana Hotel, New York
Mary is invited by the BBC to represent the UK in the 1970 Eurovision Song Contest
Mary appears in 2 shows at the ABC Blackpool
Mary leaves for the United States to appear at 2 State Fairs
Appears at the Rochester State Fair, New York
Appears at the Ohio State Fair
Disc reports Terry Doran replaced by Carole Hopkin as Mary's personal manager
Planned UK release of 'Fields of St Etienne' cancelled
Starts 3 Week season at the Savoy Hotel In London
Mary acquires a ten week Irish Setter puppy and calls him Barnaby Rudge
The Pantomime Dick Whittington with Tommy Steele begins its run at the London Palladium
Mary attends the Apple Christmas Party in the Apple Offices
Mary writes letter to fan club, to wish everyone a happy new year.
Mary contributed backing vocals for the 'Let it Be' single. It has been falsely stated that she left before singing.
'Temma Harbour' released. The B-side is 'Lontano Dagli Occhi'.
Second appearance on The Cliff Richard Show. Mary sings 'Early in the Morning of your Life'.
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.
Third appearance on The Cliff Richard Show singing 'I'm Going to Fall in Love Again'
Fourth appearance on The Cliff Richard Show singing 'You've Everthing you Need'
Fifth appearance on The Cliff Richard Show singing 'Can I Believe'
Sixth appearance on The Cliff Richard Show singing 'Knock Knock Who's There'
Mary sings all 6 songs for Europe on The Cliff Richard Show from which the viewers then have to chose the winning song.
The winning song is chosen to represent the UK on the Cliff Richard Show, and surprise surprise it's 'Knock Knock Who's There'
Mary represents the UK in Amsterdam in the Eurovision Song Contest. 'Knock Knock' comes second.
'Knock Knock' released. The B-side is 'I'm Going to Fall In Love Again'.
'Knock Knock' is at number 9 in the NME charts.
'Knock Knock' is at number 17 in the MM charts.
Mary filmed at EMI with Paul McCartney for Apple Promo Film
Begins 10 date tour of South America
Mary arrives at Tokyo for Expo 70 and has a brief press conference at the airport.
Press conference and rehearsals at the Expo Hall (to 11:00pm)
Mary sees the sights of Kyoto with her parents
Mary Hopkin show at the Expo Hall (two shows)
Mary Hopkin show at the Expo Hall (two shows)
Mary Hopkin show at the Expo Hall (two shows)
Mary Hopkin show at the Expo Hall (afternoon show only)
A special TV program is aired
Mary becomes a Bardd of the Gorsedd, in a ceremony in Ammanford West Wales
Mary signed to play Cinderella at the Manchester Opera House
Appears on Top Of The Pops
'Think About Your Children' released. The B-side is 'Heritage'.
Appears on The Harry Secombe Show on BBC TV, singing 'Think About Your Children', and duets on 'Dafydd Y Garreg Wen'.
Mary appears on The Rolf Harris Show
Mary's own 6 part TV series starts on BBC TV, called In the Land Of...
Opens at Manchester Opera House in the pantomime Cinderella
Voted "Miss Valentine" and "Britain's Number 1 Singer"
The Cinderella pantomime comes to an end in Manchester
Mary's 21st Birthday. She goes to see the ballet Coppelia performed by the Sadlers Wells Ballet Company
BBC 1 show a re-run of the In The Land Of... series
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'.
Mary sings 'Jefferson' on The Morcambe and Wise Show on BBC2.
Starts rehearsals for the Margate Summer Show
'Let My Name Be Sorrow' released. The B-side was 'Kew Gardens'.
Starts a 12 Week summer season at the Winter Gardens Margate
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.
Earth Song Ocean Song released
Mary records theme song at Pinewood Studios for Kidnapped
Mary records film for US TV...
Mary flies to Holland for a TV show
'Water Paper and Clay' released. 'Jefferson' is the B-side.
Interview and sings on BBC Radio's Paul Burnett Show
Interview and sings on Welsh news programme
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'
Mary sings backing vocals on Not Till Tomorrow by Ralph McTell, produced by Tony Visconti.
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
Sydney Town Hall with Tom Paxton
Brisbane Town Hall with Tom Paxton
Appears on Australian Channel 9 Bandstand singing 'International' and 'Water Paper and Clay'
Broadcast of Sounds of the Seventies
Announces departure from Apple Records
Mary goes into studio to record new album to be produced by Tony Visconti. These recordings now available on Mary Hopkin Music.
Flies to Israel for concert in Tel Aviv
Ralph McTell / Mary Hopkin tour starts at the Oxford Festival Theatre
Ralph McTell / Mary Hopkin Royal Festival Hall, London. Live album released in 2005 on Mary Hopkin Music.
'Summertime Summertime/Sweet And Low' released with Hobbyhorse on Bell Records.
One-off TV special on BBC1, Sing Hi, Sing Lo.
Liquidator appointed to wind up Mary Hopkin (Overseas) Ltd
Those Were The Days (the best of album) released
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.
Mary appears on The Cilla Black Show. She sings 'Shamarack' and duets with Cilla on 'Both Sides Now'
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'.
'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.
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.
Pop At The Mill screened on BBC 1. Mary sings 'Wrap Me In Your Arms' and 'Turn Turn Turn'
'Wrap Me In Your Arms' is released on Good Earth Records. 'Just a Dreamer' by Mary is the B-side.
King of Elfland's Daughter, by Bob Johnson and Peter Knight of Steeleye Span, released. Mary plays Princes Lizrael.
Mary appears with Bert Jansch at the Cambridge Folk Festival. She sings a couple of songs which includes Jansch's 'Ask Your Daddy'.
'Beyond the Fields We Know' released
Mary sings backing vocals on Tony Visconti's Inventory.
Final Opportunity Knocks show. Mary sings 'Those Were The Days'.
Appears on ITV Show Wednesday at Eight. Sings her own composition, 'Another Day'.
Decca releases The Welsh World of Mary Hopkin
Rock and Pop Awards for 1978 on BBC1. Mary presents award to Ian Dury. Leo Sayer is co-presenter.
Highways TV Show. Mary sings 'The Coming of the Roads'.
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'.
Rehearsals start for Rock Nativity in Reading's Hexagon theatre
Rock Nativity opens in the Hexagon. Show ends on January 17th 1981
Mary sings 'Those Were The Days' on ITV's Greatest Hits"
'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
Sundance's first TV appearance on the Michael Parkinson Show. They sing 'What's Love'.
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.
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.
Grampian TV screens a Sundance Show as part of the Entertainers Series.
Newspaper reports Mary "Sacked From Sundance!"
The NME reports former Miss World Mary Stavin is to replace Mary in Sundance!
Interview for BBC Radio Wales.
Mary sings backing vocals on Stages by Elaine Paige.
Screening of 60 years of BBC Wales. Mary sings 'Aderyn Pur' and 'We'll Keep a Welcome in the Hillside'.
Mary appears at the London Palladium with Ralph McTell.
John Dunn Show BBC Radio 2, interview to promote Oasis.
Personal Appearance at Harrods London to sign copies of the Oasis Album
'I Wonder Why', Oasis single released on WEA, tour postponed due to illness of Mary Hopkin
Mary sings two songs, 'Evolution' and 'The Circle' on The Collector by Marc Cerrone.
Great article in Rolling Stone magazine
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.
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.
South Bank Show special about Under Milk Wood
Mary attends Linda McCartney photo exhibition in London.
'Ave Maria' released on TRAX Records
Spirit released on TRAX Records. Re-released in 2011 on Mary Hopkin Music.
Interview with Gloria Hunniford on BBC Radio.
Mary appears in 'No More Wars', "Rock for Romania" in Lewisham.
'No More War' by "Freedom Found" released.
'No More War' video shown on ITV.
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.
Mary appears at the London Palladium as guest of The Chieftains.
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.
Mary attends Ralph McTell's 25th anniversary concert at the Royal Festival Hall London.
Mary plays "Rosie Probert" at a Prince's Trust charity performance in Air Studios, London of Under Milk Wood, in front of Prince Charles.
Mary goes into the studio with Roger Cook to cut some new songs she has written with him.
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).
Y Canaeuon Cynnar released on Sain Records. Available from their website
BBC Wales screen TV Documentary in the Kane's Classics series about Mary.
HTV Wales screen TV Documentary in the It's My Life series about Mary.
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
Mary appears with Benny Gallagher, Jim Diamond and Christian Marsac at the Barrfields Theatre in Largs, Scotland.
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
S4C Wales screen TV Documentary Mary Hopkin
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".
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.
Mary Hopkin Music is founded by Jessica. Live at the Royal Festival Hall 1972 is the debut release. Available here
'Snowed Under' by Mary is released digitally. Later included on Christmas Songs EP.
Valentine is released. This is the first of the albums drawn from Mary's unreleased archives. Available here
Recollections is released. The second archive album. Available here
Christmas Songs EP is released. Available here
Now And Then, the third archive album, released. Available here
Blodeugerdd: Song of the Flowers - An Anthology of Welsh Music and Song released by Smithsonian Folkways Recordings. Mary contributes acapela version of 'Aderyn Pur'.
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 releases Painting by Numbers, a collection of her own songs. Available here
Mary Hopkin Music releases digital versions of 'Those Were The Days' and 'Goodbye', recorded in 1977. Read why here.
'Iesu Faban' released digitally. This is a traditional Welsh hymn, sung by Mary, Morgan and Jessica. Available here
Mary contributes 'Aderyn Pur' from the Festival Hall album to The Ultimate Guide to Welsh Music compiled by Cerys Matthews. Available here
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.