|Birth name||Donovan Phillips Leitch|
|Born||May 10, 1946 |
Glasgow, Scotland, UK
|Genre(s)||Folk rock, psychedelic folk, British Invasion|
|Occupation(s)||Musician, Songwriter, Producer|
|Instrument(s)||Voice, Harmonica, Guitar, Piano|
Donovan (Donovan Phillips Leitch, born May 10, 1946, in Maryhill, Glasgow), is a Scottish singer-songwriter and guitarist. Events 1291 - Scottish Nobles recognize the authority of Edward I of England. Year 1946 ( MCMXLVI) was a Common year starting on Tuesday (link will display full 1946 calendar of the Gregorian calendar. Glasgow (ˈglæzgoʊ is the largest city in Scotland and third most populous in the United Kingdom Scotland ( Gaelic: Alba) is a Country in northwest Europethat occupies the northern third of the island of Great Britain. The United Kingdom of Great Britain and Northern Ireland, commonly known as the United Kingdom, the UK or Britain,is a Sovereign state located A music genre is a categorical and typological construct that identifies musical sounds as belonging to a particular category and type of music that can be distinguished from other Folk rock is a musical genre combining elements of Folk music and rock music. Psychedelic folk or Psych folk is a Music genre that is a blending of Folk music and Psychedelic rock or pop The British Invasion was the term applied by the news media — and subsequently by consumers — to the influx of Rock and roll, beat and pop performers A musical instrument is a device constructed or modified for the purpose of making Music. A harmonica is a free reed Wind instrument which is played by blowing air into it or drawing air out by placing lips over individual holes (reed chambers or The guitar is a Musical instrument with ancient roots that is used in a wide variety of musical styles The piano is a Musical instrument played by means of a keyboard that produces sound by striking steel strings with Felt covered hammers Events 1291 - Scottish Nobles recognize the authority of Edward I of England. Year 1946 ( MCMXLVI) was a Common year starting on Tuesday (link will display full 1946 calendar of the Gregorian calendar. Maryhill is an area of the City of Glasgow, in Scotland. Maryhill is a former Burgh. Glasgow (ˈglæzgoʊ is the largest city in Scotland and third most populous in the United Kingdom Scotland ( Gaelic: Alba) is a Country in northwest Europethat occupies the northern third of the island of Great Britain. Singer-songwriter is a term that refers to Performers who write, compose and sing their own material including Lyrics Emerging from the British folk scene, he developed an eclectic and distinctive style that blended folk, jazz, pop, psychedelia, and world music. Folk music can have a number of different meanings including Traditional music: The original meaning of the term "folk music" was synonymous Jazz is an American Musical art form which originated in the beginning of the 20th century in African American communities in the Southern United States Popular music is Music belonging to any of a number of musical styles that are accessible to the general public and are disseminated by one or more Psychedelic rock is a style of Rock music that attempts to replicate the mind-altering experiences of hallucinogenic drugs. The term world music includes Traditional music (sometimes called Folk music or roots music of any culture that are created and played by indigenous musicians
Donovan came to fame in the United Kingdom in early 1965 with a series of live performances on the pop TV series, Ready Steady Go!, and his popularity spread to the USA and other countries. This article referes to the TV show For the song go to READY STEADY GO (Song: Ready Steady Go! or simply RSG! was After signing with the British label, Pye Records in 1965, he recorded a handful of singles and two albums in the folk music vein. Pye Records is a British Record label. In its first incarnation Pye's best known artists were Lonnie Donegan (1956-69 Petula Clark (1957-71 After getting out from his original management contract, he began a long and successful collaboration with leading independent record producer Mickie Most, scoring a string of hits in the UK, the USA, Australia and other countries, including several British and American #1 hits and million-selling records. In the Music industry, a record producer or music producer has many roles among them controlling the recording sessions coaching and guiding the musicians organizing Mickie Most, born Michael Peter Hayes ( 20 June 1938 – 30 May 2003 was a successful English Record producer, with a string of Number One
Donovan was one of the most popular British recording artists of his day, producing a series of hit albums and singles between 1965 and 1970. He became a friend of leading pop musicians including Joan Baez, Brian Jones, and The Beatles, and was one of the few artists to collaborate on songs with the Beatles. Joan Chandos Baez (born January 9, 1941 in Staten Island, New York) an American Folk singer and Songwriter known Lewis Brian Hopkin Jones (28 February 1942 – 3 July 1969 was a founding member and Guitarist of the English Rock group The Rolling Stones. The Beatles were a pop and rock band from Liverpool, England formed in 1960 He influenced both John Lennon and Paul McCartney when he taught them his finger-picking guitar style in 1968. John Winston Ono Lennon, MBE (born Sir James Paul McCartney, MBE (born 18 June 1942 is an English rock Singer, Bass guitarist songwriter Composer, Fingerstyle guitar is the technique of playing the Guitar by plucking the strings directly with the fingertips fingernails or picks attached to fingers as opposed to  Donovan's commercial fortunes waned after he parted ways with Mickie Most in 1969, and he left the music industry for a time.
He continued to perform and record sporadically in the 1970s and 1980s, but gradually fell from favour. His gentle musical style and hippie image was scorned by critics, especially after the advent of punk rock. The Hippie Subculture was originally a Youth movement that began in the United States during the early 1960s and spread around the world Donovan withdrew from performing and recording several times during his career, but he underwent a strong revival in the 1990s with the emergence of the rave scene in Britain. A rave (or rave party) is a term in use since the 1980s to describe Dance Parties (often all-night events Late in the decade, he recorded a successful album with producer and long-time fan Rick Rubin and released a new album, Beat Cafe, in 2004. Frederick Jay "Rick" Rubin (born March 10 1963 in Lido Beach New York) is an American Record producer and is currently Beat Cafe is the twenty-third studio Album, and twenty-eighth album overall from Scottish Singer-songwriter Donovan.
Donovan grew up in Maryhill, Glasgow, Scotland. Maryhill is an area of the City of Glasgow, in Scotland. Maryhill is a former Burgh. Glasgow (ˈglæzgoʊ is the largest city in Scotland and third most populous in the United Kingdom Scotland ( Gaelic: Alba) is a Country in northwest Europethat occupies the northern third of the island of Great Britain. He contracted polio as a child when he was vaccinated (this was in the period before the introduction of the safer Sabin oral vaccine), and the disease and subsequent treatment left him with a limp. Poliomyelitis, often called polio or infantile paralysis, is an acute viral Infectious disease spread from person to person primarily via A vaccine is a biological preparation which is used to establish or improve immunity to a particular disease
In 1956, his family moved to Hatfield, England. Hatfield, originally Bishop's Hatfield, is in the Welwyn Hatfield district of Hertfordshire, in the south of England. England is a Country which is part of the United Kingdom. Its inhabitants account for more than 83% of the total UK population whilst its mainland Influenced by his family's love for Scottish and English folk music, he began playing guitar at 14. Scotland ( Gaelic: Alba) is a Country in northwest Europethat occupies the northern third of the island of Great Britain. England is a Country which is part of the United Kingdom. Its inhabitants account for more than 83% of the total UK population whilst its mainland Folk music can have a number of different meanings including Traditional music: The original meaning of the term "folk music" was synonymous The guitar is a Musical instrument with ancient roots that is used in a wide variety of musical styles He enrolled in art school but dropped out soon afterwards, determined to live out his Beatnik aspirations by going out on the road. In 1963 he took a trip to St Ives with Gypsy Dave and other friends from Hertfordshire. St Ives (Porth Ia is a seaside town, Civil parish and port in the Penwith district of Cornwall, England, United Kingdom Gyp Mills (also known as Gypsy Dave) (born David John Mills, 1946 Peckham Rye, London) is a Sculptor and Songwriter.
Returning to Hatfield, he spent several months playing in local clubs, absorbing the music of the British folk scene around his home in St Albans, learning the cross-picking guitar technique from local players like Mac MacLeod and Mick Softley, and writing his first songs. Hatfield, originally Bishop's Hatfield, is in the Welwyn Hatfield district of Hertfordshire, in the south of England. St Albans is the main urban area of the City and District of St Albans in southern Hertfordshire, England, around north of central London. Fingerstyle guitar is the technique of playing the Guitar by plucking the strings directly with the fingertips fingernails or picks attached to fingers as opposed to Mac MacLeod (born Keith MacLeod, 9 July 1941, St Albans, Hertfordshire) is an English Musician who was Mick Softley ( Michael Softley, born 1941, in South Woodford, Essex) is a British Singer / Songwriter and guitarist
In 1964 he travelled to Manchester with Gypsy Dave, then spent the summer in Torquay, Devon. Torquay (tɔrˈkiː is a town in the Unitary authority of Torbay and ceremonial county of Devon, England. Devon is a large county in the South West of England. The county is also referred to as Devonshire, but that is an entirely unofficial name It was here that he stayed with his old friend and guitar mentor from St Albans, Mac MacLeod, and it was during this period that he began busking (street performing) and more serious study of the guitar and learning traditional folk and blues songs . Mac MacLeod (born Keith MacLeod, 9 July 1941, St Albans, Hertfordshire) is an English Musician who was Busking is the practice of performing in Public places for Tips and Gratuities. Traditional music is the term now used in the terminology of Grammy Awards for what used to be called " folk music " (Donovan was interviewed about his time in Torquay for Beat Instrumental in May 1965. )
In late 1964, he was offered a management and publishing contract. Events January 1 - Top of the Pops premieres on BBC television He went to London where he recorded a 10-track demo tape (recently rediscovered and released on iTunes), which included the original recording of "Catch the Wind", his first single. A demo version or demo of a song (shortened from the word "demonstration" is one recorded for reference rather than for release iTunes is a proprietary digital media player application introduced by Apple Inc " Catch the Wind " is a song written and recorded by English Singer-songwriter Donovan. That song revealed the influence of Woody Guthrie and Ramblin' Jack Elliott, who had also influenced Bob Dylan. Woodrow Wilson "Woody" Guthrie (July 14 1912–October 3 1967 was an American Singer-songwriter and Folk musician Guthrie's musical legacy Ramblin' Jack Elliott (born Elliott Charles Adnopoz, August 1, 1931) is an American folk performer Bob Dylan (born Robert Zimmerman, May 24 1941 in Duluth, Minnesota) is an American singer-songwriter author poet and painter who has been a major Although Dylan comparisons followed him for some time, the tape also made it clear that Donovan was a performer of considerable skill and originality. In an interview with KFOK radio in the USA on June 14, 2005, MacLeod stated, ". Events 1276 - While taking exile in Fuzhou in southern China, away from the advancing Mongol invaders, the remnants of the . . the press were fond of calling Donovan a 'Dylan Clone' as they had both been influenced by the same sources: Ramblin' Jack, Jesse Fuller, Woody Guthrie, and many more. Ramblin' Jack Elliott (born Elliott Charles Adnopoz, August 1, 1931) is an American folk performer Jesse Fuller ( March 12, 1896 — January 29, 1976 was an American One-man band Musician, best known for his Song Woodrow Wilson "Woody" Guthrie (July 14 1912–October 3 1967 was an American Singer-songwriter and Folk musician Guthrie's musical legacy " Other significant influences in his formative years aside from Mac MacLeod included Derroll Adams, John Renbourn, Davey Graham, Bert Jansch and American blues and jazz artists including Jesse Fuller, Muddy Waters, Leadbelly, and Billie Holiday. Derroll Adams ( November 27 1925 &ndash February 6 2000) was an American Folk musician Adams was born Derroll John Renbourn (born 8 August 1944, Marylebone, London, England) is an English Guitarist and Songwriter David Michael Gordon Graham, known as Davey Graham (originally Davy Graham) b Herbert Jansch (born 3 November 1943 known as Bert Jansch, is a Scottish Folk musician and founding member of the band Pentangle. For the album by Redman, see Muddy Waters (album. For the college football coach see Muddy Waters (football coach. Huddie William Ledbetter, (January 1888 – December 6 1949 was an American folk and Blues Musician, notable for his clear and forceful singing Billie Holiday (born Eleanora Fagan; April 7 1915 – July 17 1959 was an American Jazz singer and songwriter
While recording the demo at a studio on Denmark Street, Donovan befriended Brian Jones of The Rolling Stones, who was recording in a nearby studio. Lewis Brian Hopkin Jones (28 February 1942 – 3 July 1969 was a founding member and Guitarist of the English Rock group The Rolling Stones. Coincidentally, he had also recently met Jones's ex-girlfriend, Linda Lawrence. (When she met Donovan her relationship with Jones was effectively over. ) Donovan and Jones became close friends, and their relationship lasted until Jones's death in 1969. The meeting between Linda and Donovan was pivotal. They began an on-off romantic relationship for the next five years. She exerted a huge influence on Donovan's music. Linda refused to marry Donovan and moved to America for several years in the late 1960s. Although he had other relationships — one of which resulted in the birth of his first two children, Donovan Leitch, Jr., and Ione Skye Leitch — he remained strongly drawn to Linda, and she became his muse. Donovan Leitch Jr (born 16 August 1967) is a British-born American Actor. Ione Skye Leitch (pronounced eye-oh-nee; is a British-born American Actress. In Greek mythology, the Muses ( Ancient Greek, hai moũsai: perhaps from the Proto-Indo-European root * men- "think" are His confused feelings about her inspired dozens of songs, including "Legend Of A Girl Child Linda", "Sunshine Superman" and many others.
Donovan had a rapid rise to stardom. Within weeks his demo tape was heard by Elkan Allen, producer of the pop show, Ready Steady Go!, who was so impressed that he invited the unknown 18-year-old to appear on the show. The primary role of a television producer is to control all aspects of production ranging from show idea development and cast hiring to shoot supervision and fact-checking This article referes to the TV show For the song go to READY STEADY GO (Song: Ready Steady Go! or simply RSG! was Donovan made his television debut on 30 January 1965 — a remarkable feat, considering that he had been a penniless vagrant only months before. Events 1648 - Eighty Years' War: The Treaty of Münster is signed ending the conflict between the Netherlands and Spain Year 1965 ( MCMLXV) was a Common year starting on Friday (link will display full calendar of the 1965 Gregorian calendar. Unusual for pop programmes of this time, where performers typically lip-synched to a pre-recorded track, Donovan played and sang live. Lip-sync or Lip-synch (short for lip Synchronization) is a technical term for matching lip movements with voice His performance was so well received that he appeared weekly until the end of April, and immediately afterwards he was signed to a recording contract with Pye Records, whose other major pop acts included The Kinks and Petula Clark. Pye Records is a British Record label. In its first incarnation Pye's best known artists were Lonnie Donegan (1956-69 Petula Clark (1957-71 The Kinks were an English pop and rock group formed in 1963 and categorised in the US as a British Invasion band Petula Clark, CBE (born 15 November 1932 is an English singer actress and Composer best known for her upbeat popular international hits
Donovan's first UK single, a new version of "Catch the Wind", was released soon after his third TV appearance. " Catch the Wind " is a song written and recorded by English Singer-songwriter Donovan. It was a successful debut, rising to 4 on the UK charts and selling more than 200,000 copies. On 11 April, he performed with the biggest stars of the day at the annual New Musical Express poll winners' concert at the Empire Pool in Wembley. Events 491 - Flavius Anastasius becomes Byzantine Emperor, with the name of Anastasius I. The New Musical Express (better known as the NME) is a Popular music Magazine in the United Kingdom which has been Wembley Arena is a famous Entertainment venue located in Wembley, London, UK. Wembley is an area located in North-West London, England which forms the northern part of the London Borough of Brent. At Wembley he had a four-piece band including drums, electric bass and Mac MacLeod on second guitar. This was called the first instance of Folk/Rock by music writer Richie Unterberger. Richie Unterberger (b 1962 is an American author and journalist whose focus is popular music and travel writing The single was subsequently released on the small Hickory label in the USA, where it achieved a #30 chart placing. Hickory Records was a United States Record label run by Acuff-Rose Music from 1954[http //tess2
Donovan's early musical style and dress (including a cloth cap) led to his being perceived and promoted as a British version of Bob Dylan, a perception enhanced by the slogan on his guitar - "This Machine Kills" - which was a shortened version of the slogan on the guitar of Dylan's idol, Woody Guthrie, that read "This Machine Kills Fascists". Bob Dylan (born Robert Zimmerman, May 24 1941 in Duluth, Minnesota) is an American singer-songwriter author poet and painter who has been a major Woodrow Wilson "Woody" Guthrie (July 14 1912–October 3 1967 was an American Singer-songwriter and Folk musician Guthrie's musical legacy
The Dylan connection brought criticism from folk-music purists, some of whom assumed him to be merely a Dylan imitator. His meeting with Joan Baez during his first UK tour led to a meeting with Dylan himself, and not surprisingly, that meeting in April 1965 made headlines. Joan Chandos Baez (born January 9, 1941 in Staten Island, New York) an American Folk singer and Songwriter known See also Events January 4 - Fender Musical Instruments Corporation is sold to CBS for $13 million Dylan was intrigued by the young musician, as can be seen in D.A. Pennebaker's film of Dylan's 1965 UK tour, Dont Look Back[sic] (released in 1967); they became friends and met on many occasions. Donn Alan "D A" Pennebaker (born July 15, 1925) is an American Documentary filmmaker and one of the pioneers of Direct Cinema Dont Look Back is a 1967 Documentary film by DA Pennebaker that principally covers Bob Dylan 's 1965 concert tour of the Sic is a Latin word meaning "thus" "so" "as such" or "just as that"
Donovan's second single, "Colours", was released in May 1965, reaching #4 in the UK, accompanied by his debut LP for Pye, What's Bin Did and What's Bin Hid, which reached #3 in the UK album charts. " Colours " is a song written and recorded by Scottish Singer-songwriter Donovan. What's Bin Did and What's Bin Hid is the debut Album from Scottish Singer-songwriter Donovan. Retitled Catch the Wind for the US market, it reached #30 there. He made his first trip to the US at this time, performing in New York with Pete Seeger and Reverend Gary Davis, and appearing on The Ed Sullivan Show, Hullabaloo, and Shindig!, as well as performing to critical and audience acclaim at the July 1965 Newport Folk Festival. Peter "Pete" Seeger (born May 3 1919 is an American folk singer political Activist, and a key figure in the mid-20th century American Reverend Gary Davis, also Blind Gary Davis, ( April 30, 1896 &ndash May 5, 1972) was a Blues and gospel singer The Ed Sullivan Show was an American television Variety show that ran from June 20, 1948 to June 6, Hullabaloo is a musical variety series that ran on NBC from January 12, 1965 through August 29, 1966. Shindig! is an American music variety show which aired on the ABC network from September 16, 1964 to January 8, 1966 The Newport Folk Festival is an American annual folk -oriented Music festival in Newport Rhode Island, which began in 1959
Donovan's next recording was a four-track EP called Universal Soldier, which included his classic cover of the Buffy Sainte-Marie-written title track, as well as three other tracks with overt anti-war content. Universal Soldier is a compilation Album from Scottish Singer-songwriter Donovan. " Universal Soldier " is a song written and recorded by Canadian Singer-songwriter Buffy Sainte-Marie. Buffy Sainte-Marie (born Beverly Sainte-Marie, February 20, 1941 or this date in 1942 is an Academy Award -winning Canadian First The term anti-war usually refers to the opposition to a particular nation's decision to start or carry on an armed conflict unconditional of a maybe-existing just cause. Two of those songs — "The War Drags On" and "Ballad Of A Crystal Man" — were among the few protest songs of the period that went beyond generalized anti-war sentiments and made explicit references to the war in Vietnam. A protest song is a Song which Protests against perceived problems in Society. The Vietnam War, also known as the Second Indochina War, or the Vietnam Conflict, occurred in Vietnam, Laos and Cambodia This was a radical move for an emerging pop performer. Donovan's pioneering pacifist stance is often overlooked by critics: the Vietnam War still had majority support in 1965, and he was one of the few British pop musicians who expressed direct opposition to the war in their music. Despite the contentious subject matter, the EP was a commercial success, topping the British EP chart for eight weeks, reaching 14 on the British singles chart and 17 on the Australian singles chart. For a topic outline on this subject see List of basic Australia topics.
"Colours" was also released in the US, but it charted poorly, reaching 40 on the Cash Box charts but only 61 on the Billboard chart. Cash Box (or Cashbox) magazine was a weekly publication devoted to the music and coin-operated machine industries which was published from July 1942 to November See Billboard (Turkish magazine Billboard is a weekly American Magazine devoted to the Music industry At this stage Donovan had greater success in sales than in radio airplay, since American Top 40 radio tended to avoid folk recordings, preferring more highly arranged pop records. The Catch the Wind LP set the pattern for most of his American releases, which tended to chart better in Cash Box than Billboard, reflecting the fact that Billboard's charts factored in radio airplay, whilst Cash Box did not. What's Bin Did and What's Bin Hid is the debut Album from Scottish Singer-songwriter Donovan.
A single version of "Universal Soldier" was issued in the US in late August 1965, and it repeated the mediocre chart performance of "Colours", reaching only 45 in Cash Box and 53 in Billboard. Pye released Donovan's second UK album, Fairytale, in October 1965, along with his next single, "Turquoise". Fairytale is the second Album from Scottish Singer-songwriter Donovan. " Turquoise " is a song written and recorded by Scottish Singer-songwriter Donovan. These too were less successful than his previous releases, the album reaching 20 and the single peaking at 30. Donovan made a second US tour in November, and Pye licensed this to the Nashville-based Hickory label, which released the American version of Fairytale later that month. Fairytale is the second Album from Scottish Singer-songwriter Donovan. As in the UK, it charted much lower than the first LP, reaching only 85.
In late 1965, Donovan split with his original managers and signed with Ashley Kozak, who was working for Brian Epstein's NEMS Enterprises. NEMS Enterprises defaults here For the Latin American record label see NEMS Enterprises (label. NEMS Enterprises defaults here For the Latin American record label see NEMS Enterprises (label. Kozak introduced Donovan to American impresario Allen Klein (who would later take over management of The Rolling Stones and The Beatles). Allen Klein (born December 18, 1931) is a controversial American businessman and record label executive The Beatles were a pop and rock band from Liverpool, England formed in 1960 Klein in turn introduced Donovan to producer Mickie Most, who was then riding high on the success of his chart-topping productions with The Animals, Lulu, and Herman's Hermits. Mickie Most, born Michael Peter Hayes ( 20 June 1938 – 30 May 2003 was a successful English Record producer, with a string of Number One The Animals were an English music group of the 1960s known in the United States as part of the British Invasion. Lulu Kennedy-Cairns, OBE, (born Marie McDonald McLaughlin Lawrie on 3 November 1948 in Lennoxtown, East Dunbartonshire Herman's Hermits were an English Pop band, formed in Manchester in 1963 as 'Herman & The Hermits'
Mickie Most was the nominal producer of almost all Donovan's best recordings, although Donovan asserts in his autobiography that some of his recordings in this period were self-produced, with little or no input from Most. The tracks they cut together represent some of the finest UK pop releases of the period, and feature the cream of the London session scene, including Big Jim Sullivan, Jack Bruce, Danny Thompson, and future Led Zeppelin members John Paul Jones and Jimmy Page. Big Jim Sullivan (born James George Thompkins 14 February 1941, in Uxbridge, Middlesex, England) is an English Musician John Symon Asher "Jack" Bruce (born 14 May 1943 is a Scottish -born musician composer and Singer. Daniel Henry Edward 'Danny' Thompson (born 4 April 1939) is an English Double bass player Led Zeppelin were John Paul Jones (born John Baldwin on January 3, 1946) is an English Musician, Composer, arranger, Record James Patrick Page, OBE (born 9 January 1944 is an English Guitarist, Composer and record producer Many of these recordings were backed by jazz musicians, the most regular players being Danny Thompson (from Pentangle), Spike Heatley on upright bass, Tony Carr on drums and congas, John Cameron on piano and Harold McNair on saxophone and flute. Daniel Henry Edward 'Danny' Thompson (born 4 April 1939) is an English Double bass player Pentangle is a British Folk rock (or folk-jazz band The original band was active in the late 1960s and early 1970s its successor has been active since the early Tony Carr (born 1950 is the current Director of Youth Development at West Ham United FC. The conga is tall narrow single-headed Cuban Drum of African origin probably derived from the Congolese Makuta drums or Sikulu John Cameron may refer to In politics John Cameron (chief (1764–1828 John Cameron (Upper Canada politician (1778–1829 Harold McNair ( November 5 1931 in Kingston Jamaica – March 7 1971 in Maida Vale, North London) was a renowned Carr's conga style and McNair's distinctive flute playing are an intrinsic feature of many Donovan recordings, and both players toured the US with Donovan.
By 1966, Donovan had shed the overt Dylan/Guthrie influences and become one of the first British pop musicians to adopt a "flower power" image. Flower power was a Slogan used by Hippies (aka Flower Children) during the late 1960s and early 1970s as a symbol of Non-violence Ideology More importantly, his music was developing and changing rapidly as he immersed himself in jazz, blues, Eastern music, and the new generation of US West Coast bands such as Jefferson Airplane and The Grateful Dead. The Blues is a vocal and instrumental form of Music based on the use of the Blue notes It emerged as an accessible form of self-expression The term Eastern world refers very broadly to the various Cultures social structures and philosophical systems of " the East " The " West Coast " " Western Seaboard " or " Pacific Seaboard " are terms for the westernmost coastal states of the Western United States Jefferson Airplane was an American rock band from San Francisco, a pioneer of the Psychedelic rock movement The Grateful Dead was an American rock band formed in 1965 in the San Francisco Bay Area. He was now entering his most creative and original phase as a songwriter and recording artist, working in close collaboration with Mickie Most and especially with arranger, musician, and jazz fan John Cameron. John Cameron may refer to In politics John Cameron (chief (1764–1828 John Cameron (Upper Canada politician (1778–1829
Their first collaboration was "Sunshine Superman". " Sunshine Superman " is a song written and recorded by Scottish Singer-songwriter Donovan. One of the first overtly psychedelic pop records, it was an innovative and eclectic blend of folk, rock, pop and jazz. Modern psychedelia For "psychedelics" see Psychedelic drug. The arrangement was augmented by prominent harpsichord, and set against a funky conga-driven backbeat. A harpsichord is a Musical instrument played by means of a keyboard. The conga is tall narrow single-headed Cuban Drum of African origin probably derived from the Congolese Makuta drums or Sikulu It also contained subtle but unmistakable references to LSD — notably, the line, "I could've tripped out easy, but I've changed my ways".
Donovan's rapid rise stalled temporarily in December 1965, when Billboard broke news of the impending production deal between Klein, Most, and Donovan, and then reported that Donovan was about to sign with Epic Records in the U. See Billboard (Turkish magazine Billboard is a weekly American Magazine devoted to the Music industry Epic Records is an American Record label. It is owned and operated by Sony Music Entertainment. S. Despite Kozak's strenuous denials, Pye Records dropped the new single from their release schedule, and a contractual dispute ensued. Pye Records is a British Record label. In its first incarnation Pye's best known artists were Lonnie Donegan (1956-69 Petula Clark (1957-71 As a result of this dispute, Donovan's UK and US record releases differed markedly, with most of his LPs being released in different forms on either side of the Atlantic; several significant album tracks from the late sixties were simply not available in the UK for many years.
The legal dispute continued into early 1966. During the hiatus, Donovan holidayed in Greece, where he wrote the wistful song, "Writer in the Sun", which was inspired by rumours that his recording career was over. Greece (Ελλάδα transliterated: Elláda, historically, Ellás,) officially the Hellenic Republic (Ελληνική Δημοκρατία He also toured the USA, playing some lightly attended gigs. He returned to London, collaborating with The Beatles and contributing lyrics (and unaccredited backing vocals) to the song "Yellow Submarine", recorded at Abbey Road Studios on 26 May, 1966. The Beatles were a pop and rock band from Liverpool, England formed in 1960 " Yellow Submarine " is a 1966 song by The Beatles (credited to Lennon/McCartney) which was recorded by John Lennon, Paul McCartney Abbey Road Studios, established in November 1931 by EMI in London, England, is a Recording studio located at number 3 Abbey Road, Events 451 - The Battle of Avarayr between Armenian rebels and the Sassanid Empire takes place
By late 1966, the American contractual problems had been resolved, and Donovan signed a $100,000 deal with Epic Records. Epic Records is an American Record label. It is owned and operated by Sony Music Entertainment. Donovan and Most went to CBS Studios in Los Angeles, where they recorded tracks for a new LP, much of which had been formulated and composed during the preceding year. CBS Broadcasting Inc ( CBS) is an American radio and Television network. Although folk elements were still prominent, the album showed the increasing influence of jazz, American west coast psychedelia, and folk rock, especially The Byrds, whose records Donovan had been listening to constantly throughout 1965. Folk rock is a musical genre combining elements of Folk music and rock music. The Byrds were a popular American rock band formed in Los Angeles, California in 1964
The LP sessions were completed in May, and "Sunshine Superman" was released in the US as a single in June. " Sunshine Superman " is a song written and recorded by Scottish Singer-songwriter Donovan. It was a success, providing Donovan with an American chart breakthrough, selling 800,000 copies in six weeks and reaching #1. The LP followed in August, preceded by advance orders of 250,000 copies, and reached 11 on the US album charts.
The US version of the Sunshine Superman LP is probably the best, most consistent, and durable of Donovan's albums; it remains one of the keynote records of the psychedelic era. Sunshine Superman is the third Album from Welsh Singer-songwriter Donovan. It features some of Donovan's strongest material in restrained but imaginative chamber-style folk-jazz arrangements. Chamber music is a form of Classical music, written for a small group of instruments which traditionally could be accommodated in a palace chamber It also features an eclectic range of instruments including acoustic bass, sitar, saxophone, tablas and congas, harpsichord, strings and oboe. The sitar ( Hindi: सितार Urdu: ستار Persian: سی تار) is a Plucked stringed instrument. Highlights include the swinging "The Fat Angel", which (Donovan's book confirms) was written for "Mama" Cass Elliott of The Mamas and the Papas. Sunshine Superman is the third Album from Welsh Singer-songwriter Donovan. Cass Elliot ( September 19 1941 – July 29 1974) born Ellen Naomi Cohen, was a noted American Singer, best The Mamas & the Papas (credited as The Mama's and the Papa's on the debut album cover were a Vocal group of the 1960s. The song is also notable for name checking the cult San Francisco acid rock band Jefferson Airplane, well before they became known internationally. Name dropping is the practice of mentioning important people or institutions into a Conversation, Story, Song or other communication The City and County of San Francisco is the fourth most populous city For "acid rock" as a geologic term see Igneous rock. Acid rock is a form of Psychedelic rock, which is characterized Jefferson Airplane was an American rock band from San Francisco, a pioneer of the Psychedelic rock movement Other notable tracks include "Bert's Blues" (a tribute to guitar hero Bert Jansch), the stately "Guinevere", and "Legend of a Girl Child Linda", an innovative track featuring voice, acoustic guitar and a small orchestra, and which runs for over six minutes. Sunshine Superman is the third Album from Welsh Singer-songwriter Donovan. Herbert Jansch (born 3 November 1943 known as Bert Jansch, is a Scottish Folk musician and founding member of the band Pentangle. Guinevere was the legendary Queen consort of King Arthur. She was most famous for her love affair with Arthur's chief knight Sir Lancelot, which first
The album is also probably the first pop recording to feature extensive use of the sitar, which was played by American folk singer Shawn Phillips. The sitar ( Hindi: सितार Urdu: ستار Persian: سی تار) is a Plucked stringed instrument. Shawn Phillips (born February 3, 1943) helped define Folk-rock in the 1960s and progressive-new-age rock in the 1970s Donovan had met Phillips in London in 1965, and Phillips became a close friend and an important early collaborator, playing acoustic guitar and sitar on several major recordings including the Sunshine Superman album, as well as accompanying Donovan at numerous concerts.
In contrast to the pastoral tone of the rest of the album, several songs, including the title track, had a harder edge. The driving, jazzy "The Trip" was titled after the L. A. club of the same name; chronicling an LSD trip he took during his time in L. A. , it was loaded with references to Donovan's sojourn on the West Coast, and name-checked both Dylan and Baez. The third "heavy" song, destined to become one of his most enduring recordings, was a brooding and portentous number called "Season of the Witch". "Season of the Witch" is a song by Donovan first released in September 1966 on his Epic Records (USA album Sunshine Superman. Recorded with American and British session players, it features Donovan's first recorded performance on electric guitar. The song was covered by Brian Auger on his first LP in 1967, and Al Kooper and Stephen Stills recorded an 11-minute version on the 1968 album, Super Session. Brian Auger (born 18 July 1939, Bihar, India) is a Jazz and rock Keyboardist, who has specialized in playing Al Kooper (born Alan Peter Kuperschmidt, February 5 1944, in Brooklyn, New York) is an American Songwriter, Stephen Arthur Stills (born January 3, 1945 is an American Guitarist and Singer/songwriter best known for his work with Buffalo Springfield and The album Super Session grew out of a single nine hour jam in 1968 by guitarist Mike Bloomfield and multi-instrumentalist Al Kooper and Stephen Stills Donovan's version is also heard in the closing sequence of the Gus Van Sant film, To Die For. Gus Green Van Sant Jr he has dealt unflinchingly with homosexual and other marginalized subcultures without being particularly concerned about providing positive role models To Die For is a 1995 film written by Buck Henry, based on the novel of the same name by Joyce Maynard (ISBN 0-595-26939-7 and directed
Because of contractual problems, the album was not released in the UK for nine months, and then in an altered form — it had a different track order and omitted "The Fat Angel", "The Trip", and "Ferris Wheel", replacing them with "Hampstead Incident", "Young Girl Blues", "Writer in the Sun", and "Sand and Foam".
On 24 October, 1966, Epic released the rollicking, brass-laden single "Mellow Yellow", arranged by John Paul Jones and purportedly featuring Paul McCartney on uncredited backing vocals. Events 69 - Second Battle of Bedriacum, forces under Antonius Primus the commander of the Danube armies loyal to Vespasian, defeat " Mellow Yellow " is a song and single release by Donovan. John Paul Jones (born John Baldwin on January 3, 1946) is an English Musician, Composer, arranger, Record Sir James Paul McCartney, MBE (born 18 June 1942 is an English rock Singer, Bass guitarist songwriter Composer, It was rumoured that the phrase "electrical banana" referred to smoking banana peels to get high, (see Berkeley Barb, perhaps because of this song). The Berkeley Barb was an Underground newspaper that was published in Berkeley California, from 1965 to the early 1980s The phrase has also been considered to be a coded reference to a vibrator. Another line in that caused speculation is "I'm just mad about Fourteen", and in the version heard on the 1968 In Concert album, he sings, "I'm just mad about fourteen-year-old girls; they're mad about me. Year 1968 ( MCMLXVIII) was a Leap year starting on Monday (link will display full calendar of the Gregorian calendar. For the 1994 CD called Donovan in Concert, see Rising (Donovan album Donovan in Concert is the sixth Album from " The song became Donovan's signature tune and was a commercial success — it reached #2 in Billboard, 3 in Cash Box and earned a gold record award for sales of more than one million in the US.
During the first half of 1967, Donovan worked on an ambitious double-album studio project, which he produced himself. In January he gave a concert at the Royal Albert Hall accompanied by a ballerina who danced during a 12-minute performance of "Golden Apples". The Royal Albert Hall is an Arts venue situated in the Knightsbridge area of the City of Westminster, London, England, best known On 14 January, New Musical Express reported he was to write incidental music for a National Theatre production of As You Like It, but this did not come to fruition. Events 1129 - Formal approval of the Order of the Templar at the Council of Troyes. The New Musical Express (better known as the NME) is a Popular music Magazine in the United Kingdom which has been As You Like It is a Pastoral Comedy by William Shakespeare believed to have been written in 1599 or early 1600 and first published His version of "Under the Greenwood Tree" did appear on "A Gift from a Flower to a Garden". Under the Greenwood Tree or The Mellstock Quire A Rural Painting of the Dutch School is a novel by Thomas Hardy, published anonymously in 1872. A Gift from a Flower to a Garden is the fifth Album from Scottish Singer-songwriter Donovan, and marks the first Double album
Later that month Epic released an LP, Mellow Yellow, which reached 14 in the album charts, and a new non-album single, "Epistle to Dippy", a Top 20 hit in the US. Mellow Yellow is the fourth Album from Scottish Singer-songwriter Donovan. Epistle to Dippy is a song and single by Donovan, released in 1967 only in the USA Written in the form of an open letter to an old school friend, the song had a strong pacifist sub-text, in spite of its florid psychedelic imagery. The real "Dippy" was at the time serving in the British Army in Malaysia. The British Army is the land armed forces branch of the British Armed Forces. For the biogeographical region see Malesia Malaysia (məˈleɪʒə or /məˈleɪziə/ is a country that consists of thirteen states and According to Brian Hogg, who wrote the liner notes for the Donovan boxed set, Troubadour, Dippy heard the song, contacted Donovan and left the army as a result.
On 9 February, 1967, Donovan was one of the guests invited by The Beatles to join them at Abbey Road Studios for the final orchestral overdub session for the Lennon-McCartney collaboration "A Day in the Life", the grand finale to their new opus Sgt. Pepper's Lonely Hearts Club Band. Events 474 - Zeno crowned as co-emperor of the Byzantine Empire. "A Day in the Life" is a song by the British rock band The Beatles, written by John Lennon with the middle eight by Paul McCartney Sgt Pepper's Lonely Hearts Club Band is the eighth studio album by the British rock band The Beatles.
In mid-1966, Donovan became the first high-profile British pop star to be arrested for possession of marijuana. Cannabis, also known as marijuana or marihuana, or ganja (from Hindi / Sanskrit: गांजा gānjā hemp) is a Donovan's drug use appears to have been moderate, and was mostly restricted to pot smoking — with occasional use of LSD and mescaline. Mescaline or 345-trimethoxyphenethylamine is a naturally-occurring Psychedelic Alkaloid of the Phenethylamine class Although he was not indulging on the scale of friends like John Lennon, Jimi Hendrix, and Brian Jones, his use of LSD is referred to in many of his lyrics, including "The Trip", "Sunshine Superman", "Wear Your Love Like Heaven", "Epistle To Dippy", and "Hurdy-Gurdy Man". John Winston Ono Lennon, MBE (born James Marshall Hendrix (born Johnny Allen Hendrix) (November 27 1942 – September 18 1970 was an American Guitarist, Singer and Songwriter Lewis Brian Hopkin Jones (28 February 1942 – 3 July 1969 was a founding member and Guitarist of the English Rock group The Rolling Stones.
Public attention was drawn to his marijuana use by the TV documentary, A Boy Called Donovan, broadcast in early 1966, which showed the singer and friends smoking cannabis at a party thrown by the film crew. Cannabis ( Cán-na-bis) is a Genus of Flowering plants that includes three putative species Cannabis sativa subsp However, it now appears that the Drug Squad were already planning to target many British pop stars, and Donovan's arrest proved to be the first in a long series, including members of The Beatles and The Rolling Stones. The Beatles were a pop and rock band from Liverpool, England formed in 1960 Donovan's arrest garnered a great deal of publicity, and in early 1967, Donovan was the subject of an exposé by the British newspaper, the News of the World. The News of the World is a British Tabloid Newspaper published every Sunday
According to Donovan's autobiography, the article was based on an unauthorized interview given by an ex-girlfriend of his closest friend, Gypsy Davy. It was the first installment of a three-part series, "Drugs & Pop Stars - Facts That Will Shock You". Although some claims were probably true, others were false. The most notorious instance was that of the News Of The World reporter's claiming to have spent an evening with Mick Jagger, who (he alleged) discussed his drug use and offered drugs to companions. Sir Michael Philip "Mick" Jagger, Kt (born 26 July 1943 is a Golden Globe -winning and two-time Grammy -winning English rock Only after publication was it discovered that the reporter had mistaken Brian Jones for Jagger, who sued the paper.
Among other supposed revelations were claims that Donovan and other stars including members of The Who, Cream, The Rolling Stones, and The Moody Blues regularly smoked marijuana, used other illicit drugs, and held parties where the recently banned hallucinogen LSD was used, specifically naming The Who's Pete Townshend and Cream's Ginger Baker as LSD users. The Who are an English rock band formed in 1964. The primary lineup consisted of guitarist Pete Townshend Cream were a 1960s British rock band The Moody Blues are an English psychedelic rock band originally from Erdington in the city of Birmingham. Peter Dennis Blandford Townshend (born 19 May 1945 in Chiswick, London) is an English rock Guitarist, Singer, Peter Edward "Ginger" Baker (born 19 August 1939 Lewisham, South London) is an English Drummer.
It emerged later that the News Of The World reporters were using access to pop stars to gather information and pass it to the police. In the late 1990s, an article in The Guardian revealed that it was News Of The World reporters who alerted the police about the party at Keith Richards's house, Redlands, which was raided in the early hours of 12 February 1967, just after George Harrison and his wife had left. The Guardian (until 1959 The Manchester Guardian) is a British Newspaper owned by the Guardian Media Group. Keith Richards (born 18 December 1943 is an English Guitarist, Songwriter, Singer, producer and a founding member of The Rolling Events 1429 - English Forces under Sir John Fastolf defend a supply convoy carrying rations to the army besieging Orleans from attack by the George Harrison, MBE (25 February 1943 – 29 November 2001 was an English rock Guitarist Singer - Songwriter, Author
Although Donovan's was not as sensational as the later arrests of Jagger and Richards, because of the charges he was refused entry to the U. S. until late 1967 and was unable to perform at the Monterey International Pop Festival in June that year. The Monterey International Pop Music Festival was a three-day concert event held June 16 to June 18 1967 at the Monterey County Fairgrounds in Monterey
In July, Epic released the single, "There is a Mountain", which went top ten in the US and was later used as the basis for The Allman Brothers's Mountain Jam. There is a Mountain is a song and single by Donovan, released in 1967 The Allman Brothers Band is a Southern rock band based in Macon, Georgia. " Mountain Jam " is an improvised Instrumental jam by The Allman Brothers Band. In September, Donovan embarked on a tour of the US, backed by a small jazz group and accompanied by his father, who introduced the show.
Later that month, Epic released Donovan's fifth album, a two-disc set entitled, A Gift from a Flower to a Garden, the first rock music box set, and only the third pop-rock double album released. A Gift from a Flower to a Garden is the fifth Album from Scottish Singer-songwriter Donovan, and marks the first Double album It was split thematically into halves. The first, subtitled "Wear Your Love Like Heaven", was written for the people of his generation that would one day be parents; the second, subtitled "For Little Ones", was a collection of songs Donovan had written for the coming generation. A Gift from a Flower to a Garden is the fifth Album from Scottish Singer-songwriter Donovan, and marks the first Double album Worried it might be a poor seller, Epic boss Clive Davis insisted the albums be split and sold separately in the USA, but his fears were unfounded - although it took time, the boxed set sold steadily, eventually peaking at 19 on US album chart and achieving gold record status in the US in early 1970. Clive Jay Davis (born April 4 1932 in Brooklyn New York is an American Record producer and a leading music industry executive.
The psychedelic and mystical overtones of the work were unmistakable - the front cover (photographed at Bodiam Castle) featured an infra-red photograph by psychedelic album cover photographer Karl Ferris of Donovan dressed in a robe holding flowers and peacock feathers, while the back cover photo showed him holding hands with Indian guru Maharishi Mahesh Yogi. Bodiam Castle is a Quadrangular castle located near Robertsbridge in East Sussex, England ( Maharishi Mahesh Yogi ( January 12, 1917 &ndash February 5 2008) founded and developed the Transcendental Meditation technique and Surprisingly, the liner notes included an appeal from Donovan for young people to give up the use of all drugs — a decidedly un-hip stance for a rock musician at the height of the Summer of Love. This article refers to the summer of 1967 For the film of a similar name please go to My Summer of Love. His early public disavowal of drugs was no doubt motivated in part by his drug arrest, but he was (and remains) strongly opposed to hard drugs — a belief reinforced by the rapid physical and mental decline of his friend and Rolling Stone, Brian Jones. Lewis Brian Hopkin Jones (28 February 1942 – 3 July 1969 was a founding member and Guitarist of the English Rock group The Rolling Stones.
In late 1967, Donovan contributed several songs to the soundtrack of the Ken Loach film, Poor Cow. Kenneth Loach (born 17 June 1936) known as Ken Loach, is an English television and Film director. The title track (originally called "Poor Love") was released as the B-side of his next single, "Jennifer Juniper", a song inspired by Jenny Boyd, sister of George Harrison's wife, Pattie Boyd. Helen Mary Boyd (born 8 November 1947 in Guildford Surrey, England) was a 1960s London Fashion model; she is the younger sister of Patricia Anne "Pattie" Boyd (born 17 March 1944 was the first wife of George Harrison of The Beatles, after whom she married Eric Clapton It was another top 40 hit in the USA.
Like the Beatles, Donovan developed an interest in eastern mysticism and in early 1968 he travelled to India where he spent several weeks at the ashram of Maharishi Mahesh Yogi in Rishikesh. India, officially the Republic of India (भारत गणराज्य inc-Latn Bhārat Gaṇarājya; see also other Indian languages) is a country Maharishi Mahesh Yogi ( January 12, 1917 &ndash February 5 2008) founded and developed the Transcendental Meditation technique and WikipediaWikiProject Indian cities for details --> Hrishikesh (ऋषिकेश is a city and a Municipal board in Dehradun district in The visit gained worldwide attention thanks to the presence of (for a time) all four Beatles as well as Beach Boys lead singer Mike Love and actress Mia Farrow and her sister Prudence (who inspired John Lennon to write "Dear Prudence"). The Beach Boys is an American rock band Formed in 1961 the group gained popularity for its close vocal harmonies and lyrics reflecting a California Youth culture Michael Edward "Mike" Love (born March 15, 1941) is an American Singer / Songwriter with The Beach Boys. Maria de Lourdes Villiers-Farrow, known as Mia Farrow (born February 9, 1945) is an American Actress. " Dear Prudence " is a song written by John Lennon, and credited to Lennon/McCartney. According to a 1968 Paul McCartney interview with Radio Luxembourg, it was during this time that Donovan taught John Lennon and Paul McCartney various finger-picking styles such as clawhammer which he had learned from his St Albans buddy, Mac MacLeod. Radio Luxembourg is a commercial broadcaster in many languages from the Grand Duchy of Luxembourg. Clawhammer and frailing describe a class of Fingerpicking techniques used by Banjo and rarely Guitar players Mac MacLeod (born Keith MacLeod, 9 July 1941, St Albans, Hertfordshire) is an English Musician who was Lennon went on to use the technique on songs including "Julia" and McCartney with "Blackbird". " Julia " is a song by The Beatles. It is the final song on side two (and disc one in the CD era of the band's 1968 album The Beatles (often "Blackbird" is a Beatles song from double-disc album The Beatles (also known as The White Album)
Donovan's next single was released in May 1968, the swirling psychedelic "The Hurdy Gurdy Man". " The Hurdy Gurdy Man " is a Song by the Scottish Musician Donovan. In the liner notes from EMI's reissues, it is revealed that the song was intended for Donovan's old friend and guitar mentor Mac MacLeod, who had a heavy rock band called Hurdy Gurdy. Mac MacLeod (born Keith MacLeod, 9 July 1941, St Albans, Hertfordshire) is an English Musician who was Hurdy Gurdy formed from the Danish group Peter Belli and the Boom Boom Brothers (aka The B After hearing MacLeod's power trio version, Donovan considered giving it to Jimi Hendrix, but when Mickie Most heard it, he convinced Donovan that the song was a sure single that he should record. James Marshall Hendrix (born Johnny Allen Hendrix) (November 27 1942 – September 18 1970 was an American Guitarist, Singer and Songwriter Donovan tried to get Hendrix to play on the recording, but he was on tour and unavailable. Jimmy Page was also considered, but he was out of the country touring with The Yardbirds. James Patrick Page, OBE (born 9 January 1944 is an English Guitarist, Composer and record producer The Yardbirds are an English rock band noted for starting the careers of three of rock's most famous Guitarists Eric Clapton, Jeff Beck Instead the position went to a young British guitarist, Alan Parker. Alan Parker (born 26 August 1944, in Matlock, Derbyshire) is a guitarist and composer best known for his work in the band Blue Mink It is possible Jimmy Page did play on other tracking sessions for The Hurdy Gurdy Man LP, although not on the title track. The Hurdy Gurdy Man is the sixth studio Album and seventh album overall from Scottish Singer-songwriter Donovan. John Paul Jones played bass with Clem Cattini on drums. John Paul Jones (born John Baldwin on January 3, 1946) is an English Musician, Composer, arranger, Record Clem Cattini (born Clemente Anselmo Cattini 28 August 1937, Stoke Newington, North London, England) was the Drummer for Jones and Page have stated that Led Zeppelin was formed during "The Hurdy Gurdy Man" sessions. Led Zeppelin were
The heavier sound of "The Hurdy Gurdy Man" was a deliberate attempt by Most and Donovan to reach a wider audience in the US, where new hard-rock groups like Cream and The Jimi Hendrix Experience were having a major impact. Cream were a 1960s British rock band "The Experience" redirects here For other uses of this term see Experience (disambiguation. In this case Most's commercial instincts were spot-on, and the song became one of Donovan's biggest hits, going to top 5 in both the UK and the US, and top 10 in Australia.
The same month, he recorded an even rockier single: the snarling, funky, freakbeat classic "Barabajagal (Love Is Hot)", a song which gained him an avid following on the rave scene decades later. Barabajagal is a song by Bruno Lauzi and Donovan released by Donovan in 1969 This time he was backed by the original incarnation of The Jeff Beck Group, featuring Beck on lead guitar, Ronnie Wood on bass, Nicky Hopkins on piano, and Micky Waller on drums. Geoffrey Arnold "Jeff" Beck (born June 24, 1944 to Arnold and Ethel Beck in Wallington, England) is an English Ronald David "Ronnie" Wood (born 1 June 1947 in Hillingdon London) is an English rock Guitarist and Bassist best known Nicky Hopkins (born Nicholas Christian Hopkins ( February 24, 1944 in Harlesden, North London, England; died Michael Micky (Mickey Waller ( 6 September 1941, in Hammersmith, West London - 29 April 2008) was a Drummer
The Beck group was under contract to Most and it was Most's idea to team them with Donovan in an attempt to bring a heavier sound to Donovan's work, while also introducing a more lyrical edge to Beck's. These recordings languished for some time. The two tracks cut with the Beck Group — ("Barabajagal" and the single's eventual B-side "Trudi") — plus three others, "Happiness Runs", "Superlungs (My Supergirl)", and "Where Is She?", were shelved for almost a year.
In July 1968, Epic released Donovan in Concert, the recording of his Anaheim concert in September 1967. For the 1994 CD called Donovan in Concert, see Rising (Donovan album Donovan in Concert is the sixth Album from Featuring a cover painting by Fleur Cowles, it is notable for its long running time, its mellow jazzy feel and excellent sound, with Donovan being one of the first pop artists of his era to release a live LP. Fleur Fenton Cowles Meyer (born January 20, 1910) is an American writer and editor best known as the creative force behind the short-lived but fabled Flair Among the tracks (which include only two of his big hits) is "Epistle To Derroll" (eventually released on the 2006 Donovan In Concert expanded double CD), a tribute to one of his formative influences, Derroll Adams, as well as lengthy versions of "Young Girl Blues" and "The Pebble And The Man", a song later reworked and retitled as "Happiness Runs". Derroll Adams ( November 27 1925 &ndash February 6 2000) was an American Folk musician Adams was born Derroll
During the summer of 1968 Donovan worked on a second LP of children's songs, released in 1971 as the double album, HMS Donovan. HMS Donovan is the ninth studio Album, and tenth album overall from Scottish Singer-songwriter Donovan. In September, Epic released a new single, "Laleña", a subdued acoustic ballad which reached the low 30s in the US charts. The album The Hurdy Gurdy Man followed; it continued the style of the Mellow Yellow LP and reached #20 in America, despite containing several earlier hits, including the title track and "Jennifer Juniper". The Hurdy Gurdy Man is the sixth studio Album and seventh album overall from Scottish Singer-songwriter Donovan. Mellow Yellow is the fourth Album from Scottish Singer-songwriter Donovan. Jennifer Juniper is a song and single by Donovan, released in 1968
After another US tour in the autumn he again collaborated with Paul McCartney, who was producing Post Card, the debut LP by the Welsh singer Mary Hopkin. Mary Hopkin (born May 3 1950) is a Welsh folk Singer. She is best known as one of the first artists (along with James Taylor Hopkin covered three Donovan songs: "Lord Of The Reedy River", "Happiness Runs" and "Voyage of the Moon". McCartney returned the favour by playing tambourine and singing backing vocals on Donovan's next single, the anthemic "Atlantis", which was released in Britain (with "I Love My Shirt" as the B-side) in late November and reached 23. " Atlantis " is a Folk - pop song written and recorded by British singer Donovan and released as a single in 1968
Early in 1969, the comedy film If It's Tuesday, This Must Be Belgium featured music by Donovan. If It's Tuesday This Must Be Belgium is a 1969 Romantic comedy Film made by Wolper Pictures and released by United Artists. On January 20, Epic released the single, "To Susan On The West Coast Waiting", with "Atlantis" as the B-side. " Atlantis " is a Folk - pop song written and recorded by British singer Donovan and released as a single in 1968 The A-side, a gentle calypso-styled song, contained yet another pointed anti-war message, but still became a moderate Top 40 US hit. Calypso is a style of Afro-Caribbean Music which originated in Trinidad and Tobago at about the start of the 20th century However, when DJs in America and Australia flipped it and began playing "Atlantis" heavily, that song became a major hit, achieving top ten in both countries in spite of its subject matter, its lengthy spoken introduction, and its running time of five minutes. Ironically, the gentle "Atlantis" formed the musical backdrop to what is arguably the most violent scene in Martin Scorsese's ultra-violent "Goodfellas". Goodfellas (also spelled GoodFellas) is an Academy Award winning 1990 Crime drama film directed by Martin Scorsese "Atlantis" received a low-key revival in 2000 when Donovan performed a retooled version of the song in an episode of Futurama titled "The Deep South" (2ACV12) which first aired on 16 April of that year. Futurama is an Emmy Award -winning animated American sitcom created by Matt Groening, and developed by Groening and Events 1178 BC - A Solar eclipse may have marked the return of Odysseus, legendary King of Ithaca, to his kingdom In the remake, Donovan describes the Lost City of Atlanta featured in the episode.
In March 1969 (too soon to include "Atlantis"), Epic and Pye released Donovan's Greatest Hits, which included several songs previously only available as singles — "Epistle To Dippy", "There is a Mountain" and "Laleña", as well as rerecorded versions of "Colours" and "Catch The Wind", which had been unavailable to Epic because of Donovan's contractual problems. It became the most successful album of his career; it reached #4 in the US, became a million-selling gold record, and stayed on the Billboard album chart for more than a year.
In July, Donovan performed at The Rolling Stones' free concert in Hyde Park, London, which was in part a memorial to Brian Jones, who had died only days before. Hyde Park is one of the largest Parks in central London, England and one of the Royal Parks of London, famous for its Speakers' Corner London ( ˈlʌndən is the capital and largest urban area in the United Kingdom. Also that month the long-delayed "Barabajagal" single was released, reaching 12 in the UK but charting less strongly in the US. The Barabajagal album followed in August, reaching 23 in America.
Growing tension between Mickie Most and Donovan came to a head in late 1969 when they argued about a recording session in Los Angeles. Mickie Most, born Michael Peter Hayes ( 20 June 1938 – 30 May 2003 was a successful English Record producer, with a string of Number One Most later explained that he had objected to "hangers-on" in the studio and "a lot of goings-on that I didn't like", and he gave Donovan an ultimatum — Donovan could do it his way or take a walk. Donovan declared that he wanted to record with someone else, and their partnership came to an end. They would not work together again until 1973's Cosmic Wheels. For the 1998 CD called Cosmic Wheels see Rising (Donovan album Cosmic Wheels is the tenth studio Album, and eleventh
After the rift, Donovan disappeared, apparently to Greece, re-emerging six months later to begin work on his next LP. The result, which was both titled and credited to Open Road, came out in late 1970 and was a marked departure from his earlier work. Stripping the sound back to a rock trio format, he dubbed the sound, "Celtic rock". The album was moderately successful, but it marked the start of a gradual decline in his popularity and commercial success, and his concert appearances became increasingly rare.
The largely self-produced children's album HMS Donovan was released in 1971, but failed to gain a wide audience. It was followed in early 1973 by his reunion with Mickie Most, the LP Cosmic Wheels. It was his last chart success, reaching the top 40 in both America and Britain. Later in the year he released Essence To Essence, produced by Andrew Loog Oldham, and a live album recorded in Japan, which featured an extended version of "Hurdy Gurdy Man" that included an additional verse written by George Harrison. Andrew Loog Oldham (born January 29 1944 in Paddington, West London) is an English Rock and roll producer, George Harrison, MBE (25 February 1943 – 29 November 2001 was an English rock Guitarist Singer - Songwriter, Author Donovan also performed vocals on the Alice Cooper song "Billion Dollar Babies". Alice Cooper (born Vincent Damon Furnier; February 4, 1948) is an American rock singer songwriter and musician whose career spans five Billion Dollar Babies is an album by American Hard rock band Alice Cooper, released in March 1973. Donovan also provided songs for the 1972 film The Pied Piper in which he also played the title role, and for Brother Sun, Sister Moon (1973), Franco Zeffirelli's film about St Francis of Assisi. The Pied Piper of Hamelin is a legend about the abduction of many children from the town of Hamelin ( Hameln) Germany. Brother Sun Sister Moon ( italian: Fratello Sole Sorella Luna) is a 1972 film directed by Franco Zeffirelli and starring Graham Franco Zeffirelli, KBE (born Gianfranco Corsi on February 12, 1923) is an Italian Film director. For the opera by Olivier Messiaen see Saint-François d'Assise. The title song from the Zeffirelli film provided Donovan with an unexpected publishing windfall in 1974 when it was covered as the B-side of the million-selling US top 5 hit "The Lord's Prayer", by Australia's singing nun, Sister Janet Mead. " The Lord's Prayer " is a rock setting of the Lord's Prayer with music by Arnold Strals recorded in 1973 by the Australian For a topic outline on this subject see List of basic Australia topics. A Nun is a Woman who has taken special vows committing her to a religious life Sister Janet Mead (b 1938 Adelaide, South Australia) is a Roman Catholic Nun and is best known for recording a rock version of
Donovan's later output included the albums 7-Tease (1974) and Slow Down World (1976). In 1977, Donovan toured as the opening act for Yes during their summer tour of the USA following the release of their Going for the One album. Yes are an English Progressive rock band that formed in London in 1968. Going for the One is the eighth studio Album by British Progressive rock band Yes. The 1978 LP, Donovan, reunited him for the last time with Mickie Most but was not well received at the height of the New Wave period. New Wave is a Rock music genre that existed during the late 1970s and the 1980s It was followed by Neutronica (1980), Love Is Only Feeling (1981), Lady Of The Stars (1984), and a 1990 live album featuring new performances of his classic songs.
The punk era (1977-1980) had provoked a backlash in Britain against the optimism and whimsy of the hippy era, of which Donovan was considered a prime example. The word "hippy" became a pejorative, and Donovan's fortunes with the public and the media suffered. In this period he guest-starred on Stars on Ice, a half-hour variety show on ice produced by CTV in Toronto, Canada. Stars on Ice is a touring Figure skating show produced by IMG. CTV is a Canadian English language Television network. It is Canada's largest privately owned network the main television asset of CTVglobemedia Toronto (təˈrɒntoʊ colloquially pronounced or) is the largest city in Canada and is the provincial capital of Ontario
There was a brief respite for Donovan when he appeared alongside many big artists including Sting, Phil Collins, Bob Geldof, and two 1960s stalwarts whose popularity had been sustained - Eric Clapton and Jeff Beck - in the Amnesty International benefit show The Secret Policeman's Other Ball. Gordon Matthew Thomas Sumner, CBE (born October 2, 1951) better known by his Stage name Sting, is a three time Academy Award Philip David Charles Collins, LVO (born 30 January 1951 Chiswick, London) is an English Singer-songwriter, Drummer Robert Frederick Zenon Geldof, KBE, known as Bob Geldof (born 5 October 1951, is an Irish singer Eric Patrick Clapton, CBE (born 30 March 1945 is an English Blues-rock Guitarist, singer Songwriter and Composer Geoffrey Arnold "Jeff" Beck (born June 24, 1944 to Arnold and Ethel Beck in Wallington, England) is an English Amnesty International (commonly known as Amnesty or AI) is a Western based international Non-governmental organization which defines its mission as "to * This article is about the 1981 Amnesty International benefit show (and resulting movies and albums &mdash the sequel to the original 1979 show Donovan was accompanied by favourite bass player Danny Thompson and performed several of his biggest hits including Sunshine Superman, Mellow Yellow, Colours, Universal Soldier, and Catch the Wind. Daniel Henry Edward 'Danny' Thompson (born 4 April 1939) is an English Double bass player He also featured in the line-up of the all-star performance of Dylan's I Shall Be Released for the show's finale. " I Shall Be Released " is a 1967 song written by Bob Dylan. Donovan's performances were seen and heard worldwide on the resulting album and movie, released in 1982. The film captured one particular incident that relayed Donovan's determination and good humour. His initial appearance on the stage prompted one audience member to bellow, "I thought you were dead!", to which Donovan responded, "Not yet!". The audience's reaction to Donovan's rejoinder, as witnessed in the film, was proof that he still enjoyed popularity despite the anti-1960s sentiments of the time.
A tribute album to Donovan, Island of Circles, was released by Nettwerk in 1991. A tribute album is a recorded collection of Cover versions of songs or instrumental compositions Island of Circles is a Tribute album to singer-songwriter Donovan that was released on June 26 1992 by Nettwerk. Nettwerk is a large Vancouver British Columbia based Record label and music management firm
Sony's 2-CD boxed set Troubadour (1992) continued the restoration of his reputation, and was followed by the overdue 1994 release of Four Donovan Originals, which saw his four classic Epic LPs released on CD in their original form for the first time in the UK. He found a seemingly unlikely ally in rap producer and Def Jam label owner Rick Rubin, who was a long-time fan. Def Jam Recordings is a United States based hip-hop Record label, owned by Universal Music Group, and operates as a part of The Island Rubin financed and produced Donovan's critically acclaimed 1996 album, Sutras.
Donovan and Linda have two children together, Astrella Celeste  and Oriole Nebula. (Donovan had two children with his 1960s American girlfriend Enid Stulberger, and both have entered the acting profession: his namesake son, Donovan Leitch, Jr., and his daughter, Ione Skye. Donovan Leitch Jr (born 16 August 1967) is a British-born American Actor. Ione Skye Leitch (pronounced eye-oh-nee; is a British-born American Actress.
In November 2003, Donovan was awarded an honorary degree of Doctor of Letters from the University of Hertfordshire. The University of Hertfordshire is a modern university based largely in Hatfield, in the county of Hertfordshire, England, from which the university He was co-nominated by Mac MacLeod.
A new album, Beat Café, was released on Appleseed Records in 2004. It marked a return to the jazzy sound of some of his 1960s recordings and featured bassist Danny Thompson and drummer Jim Keltner, with production by John Chelew (Blind Boys Of Alabama). Jim Keltner (born April 27 1942 in Tulsa Oklahoma) is a distinguished session drummer who has contributed to the work of many well-known artists The Blind Boys of Alabama are a gospel group from Alabama that first formed at the Alabama Institute for the Negro Blind in 1939.
In May 2004, Donovan played "Sunshine Superman" at the pre-wedding concert for the Crown Prince and Crown Princess of Denmark. Education and military service His godparents include Prince Georg of Denmark Baron Maximilien de Watteville-Berckheim Count Etienne de Laborde de Monpezat Queen Anne-Marie Early life Mary was born and raised in Hobart, Tasmania, Australia.
Donovan has released his early demo tapes, Sixty Four and a re-recording of the Brother Sun, Sister Moon soundtrack, on iTunes. iTunes is a proprietary digital media player application introduced by Apple Inc
A set of his Mickie Most albums was released on 9 May 2005. Events 1457 BC - Battle of Megiddo (15th century BC between Thutmose III and a large Canaanite coalition under the King of Year 2005 ( MMV) was a Common year starting on Saturday (link displays full calendar of the Gregorian calendar. This EMI set has dozens of extra tracks including another song recorded with the Jeff Beck Group.
In 2005, his autobiography The Hurdy Gurdy Man was published.
In May/June 2005, Donovan toured the UK (Beat Cafe Tour) and Europe with Tom Mason on double bass, former Damned drummer Rat Scabies and Flipron keyboard player, Joe Atkinson. Christopher Miller (born July 30, 1957) better known by the Stage name Rat Scabies, is a Flipron are a band from Glastonbury, UK, consisting of singer and songwriter Jesse Budd pianist/organist Joe Atkinson drummer Mike Chitty and bassist Greg Shepheard
In spring/summer 2006, Donovan played a series of British festivals and two dates at Camden's Jazz Café, London.
In January 2007, Donovan played concerts at the Kennedy Center, in Washington, DC, at Alice Tully Hall, in New York City, and at the Kodak Theatre, in Los Angeles, California, in conjunction with a presentation by film maker David Lynch supporting the David Lynch Foundation for Consciousness-Based Education and World Peace. The John F Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts (on the building itself called the John F The Alice Tully Hall is a concert hall that is part of the Lincoln Center for the Performing Arts in New York City. The Kodak Theatre is a live theatre in the Hollywood and Highland retail dining and entertainment complex on Hollywood Boulevard and North Highland Avenue David Keith Lynch (born January 20 1946 is an American director, Screenwriter, producer, painter, Cartoonist, Composer The concert at the Kodak Theatre was filmed by Palm Springs production company Raven Productions and is currently broadcast on PBS networks as a pledge-drive special. The Kodak Theatre is a live theatre in the Hollywood and Highland retail dining and entertainment complex on Hollywood Boulevard and North Highland Avenue Raven Productions is a television production company based in Palm Springs California.
In March 2007, Donovan played two shows at the South by Southwest music festival in Austin, Texas. South by Southwest ( SXSW) is a set of interactive, Film, and Music festivals and conferences that take place Texas ( is a state geographically located in the South Central United States and is also known as the Lone Star State.
Donovan had planned a spring 2007 release of a new album, along with a UK tour. However, he subsequently announced on his website that the tour had been cancelled and the album release delayed. He indicated that he is in good health but gave no reason for the cancellation.
In April 2007, Donovan presented a three-part series on Ravi Shankar for BBC Radio 2. Pandit Ravi Shankar ( রবি শংকর Devanagari: रविशंकर "Pandit" ( Sanskrit, "learned" is honorific born April
In October 2007, Donovan toured the UK with film director David Lynch who was presenting a discussion on Transcendental Meditation. David Keith Lynch (born January 20 1946 is an American director, Screenwriter, producer, painter, Cartoonist, Composer Transcendental Meditation or TM is the trademarked name of a Meditation technique introduced in 1958 by Maharishi Mahesh Yogi (1917-2008
Donovan is a supporter of The Druk White Lotus School in Ladakh, India. The Druk White Lotus School is located in Shey, Ladakh, high in the Indian Himalaya. Ladakh ( Ladakhi lad̪ɑks लदाख لدّاخ "land of high passes" is a region in the Indian state of Jammu and Kashmir between
In October 2007 Donovan announced plans for the Invincible Donovan University focusing on Transcendental Meditation. Transcendental Meditation or TM is the trademarked name of a Meditation technique introduced in 1958 by Maharishi Mahesh Yogi (1917-2008 It will be near either Glasgow or Edinburgh. 
In October 2007 the first complete Donovan show DVD ever released: The Donovan Concert-Live in LA. Filmed at the Kodak Theatre Los Angeles earlier in the year is available on sale in the UK.
Donovan is at work on a new album tentatively titled "Ritual Groove". He has mentioned this album in a few interviews. In a June 2 interview for The Desert Sun of Palm Springs he described "Ritual Groove" as a multi-media album that is waiting for videos to be applied to it. The Desert Sun is a local daily newspaper serving Palm Springs and the Coachella Valley of Southern California. Palm Springs is the name of two places in the United States of America: Palm Springs California Palm Springs Florida He called the album a soundtrack to a movie not yet made and claimed that many directors have expressed interest in doing scenes. Some internet chatter can be found describing the new album as a double CD soundtrack to a film entitled "The Square Root of 1%".
Regularly the French iTunes site released many re-worked tracks from the classic lives with additional guitars, drums, bass and back chorus.
With no date (2007?) a promotional new CD has appeared on the internet. Entitled "New songs from an icon", it contains "Gentle heart", "Ja healer", "The olive tree", "Devil weed", "Big pop star" and other re-recorded songs.
Donovan was referenced in the movie Walk Hard, and many aspects of the main character Dewey Cox are similar to the career of Donovan. Walk Hard The Dewey Cox Story is a 2007 American Comedy film, directed by Jake Kasdan and starring John C