Born 10 May 1946.

Scottish singer, songwriter and guitarist

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Donovan: The Songwriters Hall Of Fame

Folk star Donovan on how it feels to be inducted into the Songwriters Hall of Fame

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Donovan (born Donovan Philips Leitch, 10 May 1946) 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 variously lived in Scotland, London, and California, and, since at least 2008, has lived in County Cork, Ireland with his family. Emerging from the British folk scene, Donovan shot to fame in the United Kingdom in early 1965 with a series of live performances on the pop TV series, Ready Steady Go!.

Having initially signed with Pye Records in 1965, he recorded a handful of singles and two albums in the folk music vein, but after signing a new contract with US CBS/Epic Records his popularity spread to other countries. After extricating himself from his original management contract, he began a long and successful collaboration with Mickie Most, one of the leading British independent record producers of the era, scoring a string of hits in the UK, the US and other countries.

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BBC Reviews

  1. Review of A Gift From A Flower To A Garden

    A Gift From A Flower To A Garden 2009

    Reviewed by Sid Smith
    One can't help but be touched by many of these amiable, sparsely furnished folk tunes.
  2. Review of Beat Cafe

    Beat Cafe 2004

    Reviewed by Mick Fitzsimmons
    A willingness to experiment is something which has always come easy to Donovan...
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