Donovan Biography (Wikipedia)
Donovan Philips Leitch (born 10 May 1946), known as Donovan, is a Scottish singer, songwriter and guitarist. He developed an eclectic and distinctive style that blended folk, jazz, pop, psychedelia, and world music (notably calypso). He has lived in Scotland, London and California, and, since at least 2008, in County Cork, Ireland, with his family. Emerging from the British folk scene, Donovan reached fame in the United Kingdom in early 1965 with live performances on the pop TV series, Ready Steady Go!.
Having signed with Pye Records in 1965, he recorded singles and two albums in the folk vein, after which he signed to CBS/Epic Records in the US - the first signing by the company's new vice-president Clive Davis - and became more successful internationally. He began a long and successful collaboration with leading British independent record producer Mickie Most, scoring multiple hit singles and albums in the UK, US, and other countries.
His most successful singles were the early UK hits "Catch the Wind", "Colours" and "Universal Soldier" in 1965. "Sunshine Superman" topped America's Billboard Hot 100 chart and went to number two in Britain, followed by "Mellow Yellow" at US #2 the following year, and then 1968's "Hurdy Gurdy Man" in the Top 5 in both countries. He became a friend of pop musicians including Joan Baez, Brian Jones and The Beatles. He taught John Lennon a finger-picking guitar style in 1968. Donovan's commercial fortunes waned after parting with Most in 1969, and he left the industry for a time.
- Donovan - Sunshine Supermanhttp://ichef.bbci.co.uk/images/ic/240x135/p03dxdjs.jpghttp://ichef.bbci.co.uk/images/ic/240x135/p03dxdjs.jpg2016-01-08T13:07:00.000ZDonovan playing live at Maida Vale for Mastertapes.http://www.bbc.co.uk/music/audiovideo/popular/p03dxdrw
Donovan - Sunshine Superman
- Donovan - The Triphttp://ichef.bbci.co.uk/images/ic/240x135/p03dxfn1.jpghttp://ichef.bbci.co.uk/images/ic/240x135/p03dxfn1.jpg2016-01-08T12:58:00.000ZDonovan playing live at Maida Vale for Mastertapes.http://www.bbc.co.uk/music/audiovideo/popular/p03dxd0k
Donovan - The Trip
- Donovan - Colourshttp://ichef.bbci.co.uk/images/ic/240x135/p03dxbbf.jpghttp://ichef.bbci.co.uk/images/ic/240x135/p03dxbbf.jpg2016-01-08T12:49:00.000ZDonovan playing live at Maida Vale for Mastertapes.http://www.bbc.co.uk/music/audiovideo/popular/p03dxbg8
Donovan - Colours
- Donovanhttp://ichef.bbci.co.uk/images/ic/240x135/p02wwz56.jpghttp://ichef.bbci.co.uk/images/ic/240x135/p02wwz56.jpg2015-07-12T16:51:00.000ZDonovan chats to Johnnie Walker about his memories of the 70s.http://www.bbc.co.uk/music/audiovideo/popular/p02wwz5l
- Donovan Live in Sessionhttp://ichef.bbci.co.uk/images/ic/240x135/p02t4n9m.jpghttp://ichef.bbci.co.uk/images/ic/240x135/p02t4n9m.jpg2015-06-07T13:20:00.000ZDonovan sings two classics Catch The Wind and Sunshine Superman live in the studiohttp://www.bbc.co.uk/music/audiovideo/popular/p02t4nbc
Donovan Live in Session
- Donovan - Interview (Live at The Quay)http://ichef.bbci.co.uk/images/ic/240x135/p02t30s8.jpghttp://ichef.bbci.co.uk/images/ic/240x135/p02t30s8.jpg2015-06-06T16:03:00.000ZBilly Sloan chat's with Scottish musical legend Donovan.http://www.bbc.co.uk/music/audiovideo/popular/p02t30st
Donovan - Interview (Live at The Quay)
- Donovan and Friends - Mellow Yellow (Live at The Quay)http://ichef.bbci.co.uk/images/ic/240x135/p02t30cy.jpghttp://ichef.bbci.co.uk/images/ic/240x135/p02t30cy.jpg2015-06-06T15:58:00.000ZDonovan and friends perform a very special version of Mellow Yellowhttp://www.bbc.co.uk/music/audiovideo/popular/p02t30ds
Donovan and Friends - Mellow Yellow (Live at The Quay)
- Donovan - Sunshine Superman (Live at The Quay)http://ichef.bbci.co.uk/images/ic/240x135/p02t304z.jpghttp://ichef.bbci.co.uk/images/ic/240x135/p02t304z.jpg2015-06-06T15:49:00.000ZBilly Sloan hosts two hours of music from BBC Scotland's Pacific Quay with special guestshttp://www.bbc.co.uk/music/audiovideo/popular/p02t3051
Donovan - Sunshine Superman (Live at The Quay)
- Donovanhttp://ichef.bbci.co.uk/images/ic/240x135/p01bqh77.jpghttp://ichef.bbci.co.uk/images/ic/240x135/p01bqh77.jpg2015-02-20T15:42:00.000ZThe star discusses the burgeoning UK Folk scene, in this archive interview with Brian.http://www.bbc.co.uk/music/audiovideo/popular/p02kgkrk
- Donovan: The Songwriters Hall Of Famehttp://ichef.bbci.co.uk/images/ic/240x135/p01yw2s4.jpghttp://ichef.bbci.co.uk/images/ic/240x135/p01yw2s4.jpg2014-05-10T08:27:00.000ZFolk star Donovan on how it feels to be inducted into the Songwriters Hall of Famehttp://www.bbc.co.uk/music/audiovideo/popular/p01yw2s6
Donovan: The Songwriters Hall Of Fame