Donovan (Scottish singer, songwriter and guitarist)

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Legal name: Donovan Philips Leitch (Sr. aka Donovan)

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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 variously lived in Scotland, London, and California, and, since at least 2008, has lived in County Cork, Ireland with his family. Emerging from the British folk scene, Donovan shot to fame in the United Kingdom in early 1965 with a series of live performances on the pop TV series, Ready Steady Go!.

Having initially signed with Pye Records in 1965, he recorded a handful of singles and two albums in the folk music vein, but after signing 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, one of the leading British independent record producers of the era, scoring a string of hits in the UK, the US and other countries.

His most successful singles in the 1960s included the early UK hits "Catch the Wind", "Colours" and "The Universal Soldier" in 1965, while "Sunshine Superman" topped the US Billboard Hot 100 chart (reached number two in Britain), and "Mellow Yellow" reached US number two the following year, with "Hurdy Gurdy Man" reaching the Top 5 on both shores in 1968. He was the first artist to be signed to CBS/Epic Records by then-new Administrative Vice-President Clive Davis. Donovan and Most collaborated on a series of hit albums and singles between 1965 and 1970. He became a friend of leading 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 was scorned by critics, especially after the advent of punk rock. He withdrew from performing and recording several times during his career, but he underwent a revival in the 1990s with the emergence of the rave scene in Britain. He recorded the 1996 album Sutras with producer and long-time fan Rick Rubin and in 2004 released 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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Album

Year Title Rating Releases
1965 What's Bin Did and What's Bin Hid 2
1965 Fairytale 5
1965 Catch the Wind 1
1966 Sunshine Superman 8
1967 A Gift From a Flower to a Garden 6
1967 Mellow Yellow 3
1968 The Hurdy Gurdy Man 3
1969 Barabajagal 4
1970 Open Road 3
1971 HMS Donovan 1
1973 Cosmic Wheels 1
1973 Essence to Essence 2
1974 7-Tease 3
1976 Slow Down World 2
1977 Donovan 3
1981 Love Is Only Feeling 2
1984 Lady Of The Stars 1
1989 Banzani-! 1
1991 Castle Master Collection 1
1996 Sutras 2
1998 HMS Donovan 1
2001 Neutronica 1
2002 Pied Piper 1
2003 Catch the Wind 1
2004 Sixty Four 1
2004 Beat Cafe 1
2004 Brother Sun, Sister Moon 1
2012 The Essential Donovan 1
Cosmic Wheels / Essence to Essence 1
The Trip 1

Album + Compilation

Year Title Rating Releases
1966 The Real Donovan Compilation 1
1967 Universal Soldier (1967) Compilation 1
1968 Like It Is, Was, and Evermore Shall Be Compilation 1
1969 Donovan's Greatest Hits Compilation 5 10
1988 Catch the Wind Compilation 1
1988 Ballad of Geraldine: Best Compilation 1
1988 The Very Best of Donovan Compilation 1
1989 Catch the Wind: 20 Greatest Hits Compilation 1
1990 A Golden Hour of Donovan Compilation 1
1990 The Collection Compilation 1
1992 Troubadour: The Definitive Collection 1964-1976 Compilation 2
1995 Universal Soldier (1995) Compilation 1
1995 Definitive Collection Compilation 1
1996 Catch the Wind: The Best of Donovan Compilation 1
1998 Fairytales and Colours Compilation 1
1998 Love Is Hot, Truth Is Molten Compilation 1
1998 The Best of Donovan Compilation 3 1
2002 Sunshine Superman: The Very Best of Donovan Compilation 1
2003 The Troubadour Compilation 1
2003 Storyteller Compilation 1

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