Donovan (Scottish singer, songwriter and guitarist)

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Legal name: Donovan Philips Leitch

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Donovan Philips Leitch (born 10 May 1946), known as Donovan, is a British 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. "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 the following year, and then 1968's "Hurdy Gurdy Man" in the Top 5 in both countries. 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.

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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Discography

Album

Year Title RatingReleases
1965 What's Bin Did and What's Bin Hid 2
1965 Fairytale 6
1965 Catch the Wind 2
1965 Colours 1
1966 Sunshine Superman 8
1967 A Gift From a Flower to a Garden 6
1967 For Little Ones (Record number two of the deluxe Donovan package "A Gift From A Flower To A Garden".) 1
1967 Wear Your Love Like Heaven (Record number one of the deluxe Donovan package "A Gift From A Flower To A Garden".) 1
1967 Mellow Yellow 3
1968 The Hurdy Gurdy Man 3
1969 Barabajagal 4
1970 Open Road 3
1971 HMS Donovan 2
1973 Cosmic Wheels 2
1973 Essence to Essence 3
1974 7-Tease 3
1976 Slow Down World 2
1977 Donovan 3
1981 Love Is Only Feeling 2
1981 Neutronica 2
1984 Lady of the Stars 1
1989 Banzani-! 1
1994 Mellow yellow 1
1996 Sutras 2
2000 Catch the Wind 1
2002 Pied Piper 1
2004 Sixty Four 1
2004 Beat Cafe 1
2004 Brother Sun, Sister Moon 1
The Trip 1

Album + Compilation

Year Title RatingReleases
1966 The Real Donovan 1
1967 Universal Soldier (1967) 1
1968 Like It Is, Was, and Evermore Shall Be 1
1969 Donovan's Greatest Hits 5 10
1969 The Best of Donovan 1
1970 Donovan P. Leitch 1
1971 Golden Hour of Donovan 2
1971 Hear Me Now 1
1988 Catch the Wind 1
1988 Ballad of Geraldine: Best 1
1988 The Very Best of Donovan 1
1989 Catch the Wind: 20 Greatest Hits 1
1990 The Collection 1
1991 Castle Masters Collection: Donovan 1
1991 Josie 1
1992 Troubadour: The Definitive Collection 1964-1976 4
1995 Universal Soldier (1995) 1
1995 Definitive Collection 1
1996 Catch the Wind: The Best of Donovan 1
1998 Fairytales and Colours 1
1998 Love Is Hot, Truth Is Molten 1
1998 The Best of Donovan 3 1
2002 Sunshine Superman: The Very Best of Donovan 1
2003 The Troubadour 1
2003 Storyteller 2
2003 Catch the Wind 1
2004 The Essential Donovan 1
2005 Try for the Sun: The Journey of Donovan 1
2005 The Very Best of the Early Years 1
2008 Playlist: The Very Best of Donovan 2
2012 The Essential Donovan 1
2013 Breezes of Patchouli: His Studio Recordings: 1966-1969 1
Best Of 1
Cosmic Wheels / Essence to Essence 1
Donovan's Greatest Hits and More 3 1
Golden Hits 1
Golden Tracks 1
Mellow Yellow / Wear Your Love Like Heaven 1
Peace and Love Songs 1
Summer Day Reflection Songs 1
Sunshine Superman 1
Sunshine Superman 1
Sunshine Superman: 18 Songs of Love and Freedom 1
Super Hits 1
The Very Best of Donovan 1

Album + Live

Year Title RatingReleases
1968 Donovan in Concert 2
1973 Live in Japan: Spring Tour 1973 1
1990 Rising 1
1990 25 Years in Concert: The Classics Live 1
1993 Catch the Wind 2
1997 Hurdy Gurdy Man: Live in Concert 1
1998 In Concert 1
1999 Greatest Hits: Live 1
2006 In Concert: The Complete 1967 Anaheim Show 1

Album + Soundtrack

Year Title RatingReleases
1972 Brother Sun, Sister Moon 1

Single

Year Title RatingReleases
1965 Turquoise / Hey Gyp (Dig the Slowness) 1
1966 Mellow Yellow 1
1966 Sunshine Superman 1
1967 Epistle to Dippy 1
1967 There Is a Mountain / Sand and Foam 1
1967 Wear Your Love Like Heaven 1
1968 Jennifer Juniper 1
1968 Hurdy Gurdy Man / Teen Angel 2
1968 Laleña 1
1970 Atlantis 1
1971 Celia of The Seals 1
1977 The Light 1
1978 Dare to Be Different 1
1983 Lady of the Stars 1
2005 Happiness Runs 1

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