Saturday, April 28, 2012

Song of the Day: Goodbye

In a completely, unrelated transition to our next fabulous series (hopefully beginning later next week), here's a pretty little gem of a song, featured as our Song of the Day. Although we just talked about this cute little Welsh folk singer last month, this Mary Hopkin tune has been in my head lately. As we know Hopkin was one of the first artists signed to The Beatles' Apple record label and Paul McCartney was her producer, there's no mistaking which mop-top wrote this beauty. Credited to Lennon-McCartney (but of course written solely by McCartney) Hopkin's single reached #2 on the UK chart in March of 1969, and was only prevented from reaching the top position by The Beatles' single "Get Back." The song also reached #13 on the US singles chart. Here's a lovely live performance by the beautiful Ms. Hopkin (and another cute video here with footage of Paul coaching Mary in the recording studio).   

Although never officially released by either The Beatles or Paul McCartney, there are bootleg recordings of McCartney's original demo version recorded for Hopkin. Here's one posted on YouTube with a nice photo montage of this beloved Beatle. 

And how cool is this: McCartney's original manuscript on Apple stationary! (Courtesy of Life of the Beatles Blog)
Well, until next time, goodbye!

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