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Those were the days as Piano-Version is also available here.
|Music by||Gene Raskin|
|Words by||Konstantin Podrevskii (Original Russian Lyric), Gene Raskin (English Lyric)|
|Instrumentation Details||Female Choir For Three Voices|
|Album||Mary Hopkin - Those were the days|
The original version comes from Russia (just before the October Revolution) and in 1917 was very popular there. The original title was Dorogoi Dlinnoyu, which could be translated as ‘Down the Long Road’. It was popularized in the west through the 1953 British film Innocents in Paris, in which Those were the days is sung in a Variety scene. It was first released on record by the folk duo Gene & Francesca, with the text translated into English by Gene Raskin.
Paul McCartney heard this song in a nightclub performed by Gene & Francesca. He invited the young singer Mary Hopkins, winner of the 1968 TV talent show Opportunity Knocks, into the studio to sing for him. He produced the song with her in Abbey Road Studios, and recorded the guitar part himself. Founded by the Beatles, it was Apple Records’ second single. Interestingly, Those Were the Days ranked higher on the English charts than the Beatles’ Hey Jude after its release on Apple Records, and shortly after took the American and German charts by storm. Since then it has been covered in many different genres. Here is a small selection: Petula Clark, Leningrad Cowboys, Alexandra, and Dalida.
A more detailed history of Those Were the Days can be found on Wikipedia. A version for piano and voice is available on jazzinotes.
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