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- Donovanhttp://ichef.bbci.co.uk/images/ic/240x135/p02wwz56.jpg2015-07-12T16:51:00ZDonovan chats to Johnnie Walker about his memories of the 70s.http://www.bbc.co.uk/music/artists/72d7d717-0837-4f2a-9641-d0f9fdd3acf7?clipfocus=p02wwz5lSelected ClipSelected ClipAudio 8 mins
- Donovan Live in Sessionhttp://ichef.bbci.co.uk/images/ic/240x135/p02t4n9m.jpg2015-06-07T13:20:00ZDonovan sings two classics Catch The Wind and Sunshine Superman live in the studiohttp://www.bbc.co.uk/music/artists/72d7d717-0837-4f2a-9641-d0f9fdd3acf7?clipfocus=p02t4nbcSelected ClipSelected ClipAudio 18 mins
Donovan Live in Session
- Donovan - Interview (Live at The Quay)http://ichef.bbci.co.uk/images/ic/240x135/p02t30s8.jpg2015-06-06T16:03:00ZBilly Sloan chat's with Scottish musical legend Donovan.http://www.bbc.co.uk/music/artists/72d7d717-0837-4f2a-9641-d0f9fdd3acf7?clipfocus=p02t30stSelected ClipSelected ClipVideo 4 mins
Donovan - Interview (Live at The Quay)
- Donovan and Friends - Mellow Yellow (Live at The Quay)http://ichef.bbci.co.uk/images/ic/240x135/p02t30cy.jpg2015-06-06T15:58:00ZDonovan and friends perform a very special version of Mellow Yellowhttp://www.bbc.co.uk/music/artists/72d7d717-0837-4f2a-9641-d0f9fdd3acf7?clipfocus=p02t30dsSelected ClipSelected ClipVideo 4 mins
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.jpg2015-06-06T15:49:00ZBilly Sloan hosts two hours of music from BBC Scotland's Pacific Quay with special guestshttp://www.bbc.co.uk/music/artists/72d7d717-0837-4f2a-9641-d0f9fdd3acf7?clipfocus=p02t3051Selected ClipSelected ClipVideo 3 mins
Donovan - Sunshine Superman (Live at The Quay)
- Donovanhttp://ichef.bbci.co.uk/images/ic/240x135/p01bqh77.jpg2015-02-20T15:42:00ZThe star discusses the burgeoning UK Folk scene, in this archive interview with Brian.http://www.bbc.co.uk/music/artists/72d7d717-0837-4f2a-9641-d0f9fdd3acf7?clipfocus=p02kgkrkSelected ClipSelected ClipAudio 2 mins
- Donovan: The Songwriters Hall Of Famehttp://ichef.bbci.co.uk/images/ic/240x135/p01yw2s4.jpg2014-05-10T08:27:00ZFolk star Donovan on how it feels to be inducted into the Songwriters Hall of Famehttp://www.bbc.co.uk/music/artists/72d7d717-0837-4f2a-9641-d0f9fdd3acf7?clipfocus=p01yw2s6Selected ClipSelected ClipAudio 4 mins
Donovan: The Songwriters Hall Of Fame
- Donovan chats to Jools Hollandhttp://ichef.bbci.co.uk/images/ic/240x135/p02c97db.jpg2011-05-27T23:00:00ZDonovan talks to Jools Holland on Later...http://www.bbc.co.uk/music/artists/72d7d717-0837-4f2a-9641-d0f9fdd3acf7?clipfocus=p00h78ftSelected ClipSelected ClipVideo 2 mins
Donovan chats to Jools Holland
- Donovan on Rivalryhttp://ichef.bbci.co.uk/images/ic/240x135/p02c8mwy.jpg2011-04-19T23:00:19ZIn a clip from the 2008 Interview for the BBC Four series Pop Britannia, the Scottish singer song writer and guitarist Donovan talks about healthy rivalry amongst peers.http://www.bbc.co.uk/music/artists/72d7d717-0837-4f2a-9641-d0f9fdd3acf7?clipfocus=p00ggqqgSelected ClipSelected ClipVideo 1 min
Donovan on Rivalry
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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 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, but after 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, a leading British independent record producer, with hits in the UK, the 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 the US Billboard Hot 100 chart (number two in Britain), and "Mellow Yellow" reached US number two the following year, with "Hurdy Gurdy Man" in the Top 5 in both countries in 1968. He was the first artist to be signed to CBS/Epic Records by the new administrative vice-president, Clive Davis. Donovan and Most collaborated on hit albums and singles between 1965 and 1970. 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.