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Mary Hopkin - There's No Business Like Show Business

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This is a very deliberate treatment of the song usually associated with Ethel Merman. It was arranged by George Martin, the Beatles' producer. Despite the uncommonly slow pace -- or perhaps because of it -- I find it very difficult to get this out of my head.

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What a wonderful addition to an already great show. Thanks to the music selection folks at Mrs. Maisel. I really like the slow and definite tempo. I'll take this version over Ethel Merman anytime. Thanks to Mary Hopkin.

Author — Mike Jones

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I saw Mary perform this on "The Music Scene" in late 1969. It's a great trip down memory lane.

Author — ftsjr

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I love the drums played by Paul McCartney... He is a good drummer....
He proved it when he played the drums on Back to USSR and Dear Prudence with the Beatles....

Author — MrMolotono

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As if the Beatles and his own music weren't enough, we have Sir Paul McC. to thank for sharing her voice with the world.

Author — Marc Gokenbach

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I think this is from an ABC series called "The Music Scene" in 1969. I think she also sang "In My Life" on this show.

Author — MrTubevisitor

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I was just going through all my old 33rpms and came across her. I haven't listened to this album in jprobably 30 yrs. I'm still touched deeply by her innocent beauty and the great beauty and pure tone of her voice. I don't know what show this particular video is of and the orchestra is a little cheesey but I still love it. The album version is a little slower and really shows her control.

Author — Marc Gokenbach

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You are correct about the clip being from The Music Scene: the DVD of her performance on the show exists, though I don't think it included her singing "In My Life. (I would remember that!)

Author — heinrichvon

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Beautifully captures the bittersweet melancholy of the song. Bravo Mary!

Author — heinrichvon

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One of the sweetest voices from my childhood in Wales. Love from Bangladesh :)

Author — Asrar Chowdhury

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So sweet...a nice version of one of "le Merms" signature songs!

Author — Peter Lione

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Excellent performance,
wonderful arrangement.
What a voice Mary Hopkin has

Author — pat richmond

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I read an interview where she was quoted as not being enthusiastic about singing this, but from her strong and powerful performance here, one would not have suspected it! That was probably the artist Mary speaking and not Mary the performer!

Author — 51pogo

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Beautiful eyes, vibrantly into this song... thank you, Mary, your wonderful video is inspiring me right now, lifting my writing heart, reminding me how much I love what I have chosen to do... that I chose to do this...

Author — Alfred Cool

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Good to hear the verse - and I like the slow rhythm. This was just played on local radio station 'Angel Radio' and it caught my attention, so good to find it on U-Tube. A unique performance.

Author — Debbie Brett

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Cannot wait for the next season of Mrs.Maisel, neither can my wife.Great song both for Mary and Ethel.Ray the Pilot, USAF, SAC, ret"Nam"vet

Author — Ray Taylor

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I liked he rendition on Post Card better. Less orchestration and sadder. But i can listen to her all day and all night. She could sing my stereo instructions and I'd listen.

Author — bstarzewski

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The butcher, the baker 👩‍🍳 the grocer, the clerk
Are secretly unhappy ☹️ men because
The butcher, the baker 👩‍🍳 the grocer, the clerk
Get paid for what they do but no applause 👏
They’d gladly bid their dreary ☹️ jobs goodbye 👋 for anything theatrical and why?

There’s no business like show business and I tell you it’s so
Travelling 🧳 through the country is so thrilling, standing out in front on opening nights
Smiling as you watch the theater filling, and there’s your billing out there in lights

There’s no people like show people, they smile 😊 when they are low
Angels 👼🏽 come from everywhere with lots of Jack, and when you lose it, there’s no attack
Where could you get money 💰 that you don’t give back? Let’s go on with the show

You get word before the show has started that your favourite uncle died at dawn
Top of that, your pa and ma have parted, you’re broken-hearted, but you go on

Yesterday they told you you would not go far, that night you open and there you are
Next day on your dressing room they’ve hung a star ⭐️ let’s go on with the show

Author — Patrick Stocks