Mary Hopkin

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Pontardawe, Wales, UK
Mary Hopkin was born in Pontardawe, Wales on 3 May 1950. In her teens she made some modest success as a Welsh folk singer until one day, on 4 May, 1968, one day after her 18th birthday, she appeared on the television talent show Opportunity Knocks (1956), a show which featured talented (and sometimes not-so-talented) up-and-coming show business personalities who competed with one another for audience votes. On her first appearance she was an instant success, singing the folk song 'Turn turn turn'. What followed was one of the most meteoric rises in the history of show business. Read more...