The Paul McCartney Project

Recording "Those Were the Days"

Late July 1968 • For Mary Hopkin

Album Songs recorded during this session officially appear on the Those Were The Days / Turn, Turn, Turn 7" Single.
Timeline See what happened in 1968
Studio:
EMI Studios, Abbey Road
Studio:
Trident Studios, London, UK

Some songs from this session appear on:


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An Jenem Tag

Written by Boris Fomin, Gene Raskin

Recording


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About

The recording was quite a momentous occasion for me. It was in Abbey Road Studios. There was a full orchestra there, which was quite intimidating. The song was fresh and new to me, even though I’d learnt it, so when we started recording I was very timid about it.

Paul would come in and say, ‘Think about the lyrics and who this person is.’ I wasn’t happy with what I’d done, so he said, ‘Go home and think about it and we’ll try again on Monday.’ Which I did. And in the meantime John Lennon rang me at home in Wales and said, ‘To err is human, to forgive divine. Just try again. You know you’ll do it.’ That was so sweet because Paul must have told him that I was nervous and didn’t quite get the take. That was such a lovely thing to do.

I went in on Monday and nailed it, they said… But I was more comfortable with it. Generally the song was about a much older person than I was. I was a little schoolgirl basically. Maybe that’s what worked with the song, the fact that I was almost a child, singing an older woman’s song. That’s what people liked about it. But I felt privileged to have been given that song by Paul.

Mary Hopkin – From Mary Hopkin Music
From left to right, Paul McCartney, Mary Hopkin and arranger Richard Newson enlist the aid of the Aida Foster Children's Choir to record Hopkin's song 'Those Were the Days' for the Apple label, 26th July 1968.
From left to right, Paul McCartney, Mary Hopkin and arranger Richard Newson enlist the aid of the Aida Foster Children’s Choir to record Hopkin’s song ‘Those Were the Days’ for the Apple label, 26th July 1968.

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