Donovan

Donovan Philips Leitch is a Scottish-born singer, songwriter and guitarist. He developed an eclectic and distinctive style that blended folk, jazz, pop, psychedelia, and world music . . Emerging from the British folk scene.His most successful singles were the early UK hits “Catch the Wind”, “Colours” and  “Mellow Yellow”.

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CATCH THE WIND - DONOVAN (SK)
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   Catch The Wind

JENNIFER JUNIPER - DONOVAN (SK)
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   Jennifer Juniper

SUNSHINE SUPERMAN - DONOVAN (SK)
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   Sunshine Superman

MELLOW YELLOW - DONOVAN (SK)
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   Mellow Yellow

COLOURS - DONOVAN (SK)
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   Colours

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Donovan Philips Leitch (born 10 May 1946) is a Scottish-born singer, songwriter and guitarist. He developed an eclectic and distinctive style that blended folk, jazz, pop, psychedelia, and world music . . 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!.

His most successful singles were the early UK hits “Catch the Wind”, “Colours” and  “Mellow Yellow”.

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 that Lennon employed in “Dear Prudence”, “Julia”, “Happiness Is a Warm Gun” and other songs. Donovan’s commercial fortunes waned after parting with Most in 1969, and he left the industry for a time.

Donovan continued to perform and record sporadically in the 1970s and 1980s. His musical style and hippie image were scorned by critics, especially after punk rock. His performing and recording became sporadic until a revival in the 1990s with the emergence of Britain’s rave scene. He recorded the 1996 album Sutras with producer Rick Rubin and in 2004 made a new album, Beat Cafe. Donovan was inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame in 2012 and the Songwriters Hall of Fame in 2014.

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