“Those Were the Days” is a song based on the Russian romance song “Dorogoi dlinnoyu” (“Дорогой длинною”, literally “By the long road”). It deals with reminiscence upon youth and romantic idealism.
Mary Hopkin‘s 1968 version of the song, produced by Paul McCartney, became a number one hit on the UK Singles Chart on chart date October 1, 1968 for six weeks. The song also reached number two on the Billboard Hot 100, behind McCartney’s own band The Beatles‘ hit “Hey Jude“.
Released August 30, 1968 (UK).
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