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) 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. 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.

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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Year Title Artist RatingReleases
2003 Best Singles of All Time, Volume 2 Various Artists 1
2003 #1 Pop Hits of the 60s & 70s Various Artists 1
2003 101 Love Songs Various Artists 1
2003 Disney's Magical Music Collection Various Artists 1
2003 Happy 60s Various Artists 1
2003 Mai 68 Various Artists 1
2003 Rock-Hits der 60er Various Artists 1
2003 Shapes of Things: 60's Groups and Sessions Jeff Beck 1
2003 Sounds of the Sixties: 1967 Still Swinging Various Artists 1
2004 20 Best of 60's Rock 'n' Roll Various Artists 1
2004 Jukebox Classics: The Gold Collection Various Artists 1
2004 Rockin' 70s Various Artists 1
2004 John Lennon's Jukebox Various Artists 1
2004 It Came From the Garage Various Artists 1
2004 Hippy Lullabies Various Artists 1
2004 The Best Folk Album in the World... Ever! Various Artists 1
2004 Summer Breeze (15 sensational sounds of summer) Various Artists 1
2004 Summer in the Sixties Various Artists 1
2004 Casey Kasem Presents America's Top Ten 1960s: #1 Pop Hits Various Artists 1
2004 Uncut 2004.07: Paul McCartney's Glastonbury Groove Various Artists 1
2004 Saint Etienne Present Songs for Mario's Cafe Various Artists 1
2004 The Greatest 60s Album Various Artists 1
2004 I ♥ TV ADs: The Cool Sounds of TV Advertising Various Artists 1
2004 50 Years Around the Rock Various Artists 1
2004 100 Hits Paint It Black Various Artists 1
2004 100 Hits Pretty Woman Various Artists 1
2004 100 Hits Taxman Various Artists 1
2004 Acoustic 04 Various Artists 1
2004 Acoustic Songbook Various Artists 1
2004 Années 60 Various Artists 1
2004 L’Odyssée du Rock Various Artists 1
2004 Mega Juke-Box Various Artists 1
2004 Rockin' 60s & 70s Various Artists 1
2004 Rolling Back the Years: 1966-1967 Various Artists 1
2004 Sounds of the Sixties: 1965 Still Swinging Various Artists 1
2004 Sounds of the Sixties: Love and Peace Various Artists 1
2004 Sounds of the Sixties: Song Writers Various Artists 1
2004 Testify II Various Artists 1
2004 The Encyclopaedia of Music: Best of the 60's, Volume 1 Various Artists 1
2004 The Fab Sixties, Volume 1 Various Artists 1
2004 The Peace & Love Generation Various Artists 1
2004 The Sixties Album Various Artists 1
2004 Typisch Zestig! Various Artists 1
2005 Top of the Pop Hits: The 60s, Volume 2 Various Artists 1
2005 Meridian 1970 Various Artists 1
2005 Die Hit-Giganten: Hits der 60er Various Artists 1
2005 The '60s Rock Experience Various Artists 1
2005 We Love the Pirates Various Artists 1
2005 Capital Gold Summer Legends Various Artists 1
2005 Let’s Folk Again Various Artists 1
2005 Feber 2: Andres Lokko - Folk Various Artists 1
2005 I ♥ Sixties Various Artists 1
2005 100 Forgotten Sixties Classics Various Artists 1
2005 Acoustic Nights II Various Artists 1
2005 Bringing People & Music Together: J&R Various Artists 1
2005 easyAcoustic Various Artists 1
2005 Love Story: Over 7 Hours Of Great Lovesongs Various Artists 1
2005 Planète tubes Various Artists 1
2005 Rock Experience Various Artists 1
2005 Rock Times plus, Volume 3: 1963-1966 Various Artists 1
2005 Summer of Love Ibiza Various Artists 1
2005 The Best of British Folk Various Artists 1
2006 LateNightTales: Belle and Sebastian Belle and Sebastian 2
2006 Mojo: Psych Out! Various Artists 1
2006 SHIFT second: Nissan CM Tracks Various Artists 1
2006 Alias: The Soundtrack: Best of Season 5 Various Artists 1
2006 Greatest Ever! Easy: The Definitive Collection Various Artists 1
2006 The Very Best of Heartbeat Various Artists 5 1
2006 Greatest Ever! Sixties: The Definitive Collection Various Artists 1
2006 #1 Hits of the 50s & 60s Various Artists 1
2006 40th Anniversary Australia’s Tour of Duty: Vietnam War 1966–1972 Various Artists 1
2006 Anthems in Eden: An Anthology of British & Irish Folk 1955–1978 Various Artists 1
2006 British Invasion Gold Various Artists 1
2006 British Invasion Masters Various Artists 1
2006 Classic Cuts: Most Wanted Various Artists 1
2006 Diamonds of Love Songs Various Artists 1
2006 Garden of Delights: A Folk Compilation Various Artists 1
2006 Greatest Ever! Love: The Definitive Collection Various Artists 1
2006 Las 101 canciones de oro Various Artists 1
2006 Los 100 mayores éxitos de los 60 Various Artists 1
2006 Million Sellers - 24 Gold Discs Various Artists 1
2006 Scarborough Fair: The Best of English Folk Various Artists 1
2006 Sixties Top 100 Various Artists 1
2006 Strange Folk Various Artists 1
2006 The Greatest Rock Songs Ever Various Artists 1
2006 The Very Best of the 60s Various Artists 1
2006 They Sold a Million Various Artists 1
2006 Tous les garçons et les filles de mon âge Various Artists 1
2006 Trésors 60's Various Artists 1
2006 We Love the Sixties Various Artists 1
2007 100 Huge Hits of the 60s & 70s Various Artists 5 1
2007 Heartbeat Lovesongs Various Artists 1
2007 101 Sixties Hits Various Artists 1
2007 101 Jukebox Classics Various Artists 1
2007 WDR 2: 40 Jahre Flower Power Various Artists 1
2007 Heartbeat Summer Various Artists 1
2007 Myleene's Music for Romance Myleene Klass 1
2007 Real Life Permanent Dreams: A Cornucopia of British Psychedelia 1965-1970 Various Artists 1
2007 The Cavern: The Most Famous Club in the World Various Artists 1
2007 '60s Greatest Hits Various Artists 1

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