May 5, 1968: Opportunity knocked for Mary Hopkin

TV-UK-05-04-1968The singer Mary Hopkin‘s appearance on television talent show Opportunity Knocks was broadcast on this day. Her performance led to a contract with The BeatlesApple Records, and the multi-million selling debut single “Those Were The Days“.

The edition of Opportunity Knocks was shown just two days after Hopkin’s 18th birthday. The programme showcased performances from new acts which were judged by public vote. It was recorded two days before transmission at ABC Television‘s studios in Didsbury, Manchester.

The model Twiggy saw Hopkin’s performance on Opportunity Knocks, and suggested to Paul McCartney that the singer might be a good act for Apple to sign. [www.beatlesbible.com]

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