Chart Position: 2

  • #30 bestseller for 1968
  • Originally recorded by Alexander Vertinsky as ‘By the Long Road’ (1926), a Russian folk song
  • Music: Boris Fomin
  • English lyrics by Gene Raskin
  • Produced by Paul McCartney
  • Recorded in London U.K.
  • Mary Hopkin is from Wales
  • She was discovered by British model Twiggy who introduced her to Paul McCartney
  • This is one of four singles (including Beatles ‘Hey Jude’) which were the first releases on The Beatles Apple record label
  • Paul McCartney heard the original Russian folk song performed in a U.K. nightclub and decided to make an English language version
  • Mary Hopkin has recorded versions of the song in many different languages
  • This is Mary Hopkins’ biggest U.S. hit single
  • Also recorded by Sandie Shaw (1968), Limeliters (1962), Johnny Mathis (1968), John Davidson (1969), Roy Drusky (1969), Ray Connif and Singers (1969), Mantovani (1969), Ventures (1970), Stanley Turrentine (1968), Wanda Jackson (1971), Julius Wechter & Baja Marimba Band (1969), Charlie Byrd (1969), Engelbert Humperdinck (1977), Leningrad Cowboys (1992), Dolly Parton and Mary Hopkin (2005)



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