Timeline 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 2 songs (titles unknown).

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.

Thanks to Pat Richmond who compiled this diary. More years coming soon!

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