DonovanScottish singer, songwriter and guitarist. Born 10 May 1946
Donovan Biography (Wikipedia)
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, Hertfordshire (England), London, 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, written by Buffy Sainte-Marie. 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.
- Donovan - Sunshine Supermanhttps://ichef.bbci.co.uk/images/ic/240x135/p03dxdjs.jpghttps://ichef.bbci.co.uk/images/ic/240x135/p03dxdjs.jpg2016-01-08T13:07:00.000ZDonovan playing live at Maida Vale for Mastertapes.https://www.bbc.co.uk/music/audiovideo/popular/p03dxdrw
Donovan - Sunshine Superman
- Donovan - The Triphttps://ichef.bbci.co.uk/images/ic/240x135/p03dxfn1.jpghttps://ichef.bbci.co.uk/images/ic/240x135/p03dxfn1.jpg2016-01-08T12:58:00.000ZDonovan playing live at Maida Vale for Mastertapes.https://www.bbc.co.uk/music/audiovideo/popular/p03dxd0k
Donovan - The Trip
- Donovan - Colourshttps://ichef.bbci.co.uk/images/ic/240x135/p03dxbbf.jpghttps://ichef.bbci.co.uk/images/ic/240x135/p03dxbbf.jpg2016-01-08T12:49:00.000ZDonovan playing live at Maida Vale for Mastertapes.https://www.bbc.co.uk/music/audiovideo/popular/p03dxbg8
Donovan - Colours
- Donovanhttps://ichef.bbci.co.uk/images/ic/240x135/p02wwz56.jpghttps://ichef.bbci.co.uk/images/ic/240x135/p02wwz56.jpg2015-07-12T16:51:00.000ZDonovan chats to Johnnie Walker about his memories of the 70s.https://www.bbc.co.uk/music/audiovideo/popular/p02wwz5l
- Donovan Live in Sessionhttps://ichef.bbci.co.uk/images/ic/240x135/p02t4n9m.jpghttps://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 studiohttps://www.bbc.co.uk/music/audiovideo/popular/p02t4nbc
Donovan Live in Session
- Donovanhttps://ichef.bbci.co.uk/images/ic/240x135/p01bqh77.jpghttps://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.https://www.bbc.co.uk/music/audiovideo/popular/p02kgkrk
- Donovan: The Songwriters Hall Of Famehttps://ichef.bbci.co.uk/images/ic/240x135/p01yw2s4.jpghttps://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 Famehttps://www.bbc.co.uk/music/audiovideo/popular/p01yw2s6
Donovan: The Songwriters Hall Of Fame