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Those Were the Days (song) - Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia
Music was written by Boris Fomin (1900-1948).
In 1926 Vertinsky made one of the earliest recordings of the song "Dorogoi dlinnoyu" ( see Original Performance ), written by Boris Fomin (1900–1948) with words by the poet Konstantin Podrevskii, which, with very talented English lyrics by Gene Raskin, was a major hit for Mary Hopkin in 1968 as Those Were the Days.
Lyrics by Gene Raskin is different from the Russian variant (although general nostalgia theme and classic Russian "lost life theme" spirit are very close), so this is a different song with the same music.
Re-birth of the song was due to Mary hopkin - those were the days-68 arranged by Paul McCartney. Mary Hopkins/Paul McCartney interpretation was a hit, yet few knew about the origin of the melody and the original composer was never credited. Anyway most Russian and east European listeners instantly recognized that that the melody is exact copy of a Russian song.
Along with Dark Eyes, Odnozuchno gremit kolokolcik, and Evening bell (were lyrics came from English poem by Thomas Moore), this is is one of the most popular Russian folk songs in foreign audiences.
Best performers include Mary Hopkin, Vicky Leandros, Gigliola Cinquetti, and Dalida. Many other singers performed it, for example Helena Paparizou
Where we used to raise a glass or two.
Remember how we laughed away the hours,
And dreamed of all the great things we would do.
Those were the days my friend,
Then the busy years when rushing by us.
Just tonight I stood before the tavern,
I saw your face and heard you call my name.
Oh, my friend, we're older but no wiser,
For in our hearts the dreams are still the same.
dolly parton- those were the days"I like this version, but I still like Mary's better. Dolly made it more western which is nice."
Сергей Лазарев - Дорогой длинною (Призрак оперы-2011.10.01) - YouTube
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Not an exact copy (crunchy3d) the music was written by Boris Fomin who was Russian, the Lyrics used on mary's version were writtrn by Gene Raskin, an American, he and his partner Francesca were the duo whom Paul McCartney heard singing the song, which he later produced for Mary Hopkin...
The words in the Russian song you refer to "Dorogoi dlinnoyu" were written by Konstantin Podrevskii and have a different meaning.
for more information go to maryhopkin.net
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