Donovan
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1946-05-10
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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, Hertfordshire (England), 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. In September 1966 "Sunshine Superman" topped America's Billboard Hot 100 chart for one week and went to number two in Britain, followed by "Mellow Yellow" at US No.2 in December 1966, then 1968's "Hurdy Gurdy Man" in the Top 5 in both countries, then "Atlantis", which reached US No.7 in May 1969.

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Jennifer Juniper (Cambridge Folk Festival, 1 Aug 1981)
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Jennifer Juniper (Cambridge Folk Festival, 1 Aug 1981)
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Sunny Goodge Street- Cambridge Folk Festival 1981
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Sunny Goodge Street- Cambridge Folk Festival 1981
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Hurdy Gurdy Man (Cambridge Folk Festival, 1 Aug 1981)
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Hurdy Gurdy Man  (Cambridge Folk Festival, 1 Aug 1981)
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Only What The Lonely Call The Blues- Cambridge Folk Festival 1981
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Only What The Lonely Call The Blues- Cambridge Folk Festival 1981
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Heights Of Alma (Cambridge Folk Festival, 1 Aug 1981)
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Heights Of Alma (Cambridge Folk Festival, 1 Aug 1981)
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Universal Soldier- Cambridge Folk Festival 1981
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Universal Soldier- Cambridge Folk Festival 1981
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Sunshine Superman (Cambridge Folk Festival, 1 Aug 1981)
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Sunshine Superman (Cambridge Folk Festival, 1 Aug 1981)
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The Voyage Of The Moon
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The Voyage Of The Moon
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