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Glasgow, United Kingdom (1965 – present)

Donovan Philips Leitch (born May 19, 1946 in Maryhill, Glasgow), better known as simply Donovan, is a Scottish singer, songwriter, and musician. Originally a ’60s singer, as the decade progressed Donovan cultivated his own unique eclectic sound, mixing elements of folk, , , and more, often with a twinge of psychedelia. His most well-known work was suffused with altruistic political overtones, making him an iconic figure of the “flower power” counter-culture of the ’60s.

Donovan came to fame in the United Kingdom in early 1965 with a series of live performances on the television pop series, Ready Steady Go!. He first hit the charts in 1965 with his single “Catch the Wind”, continuing on with a string of hits, most of them produced by Mickie Most. Donovan’s 1966 Sunshine Superman marked not only a transition to the burgeoning psychedelic scene, but is also viewed as a formative album in its genre, inspiring countless contemporaries. His 1967 double album A Gift From A Flower To A Garden—the first major album released as a boxed set—completed the transition from beat poet folkster to hippie troubadour.

As a close friend of The Beatles, he traveled with them to India during their stay at the ashram of Maharishi Mahesh Yogi, and taught them the “clawhammer” finger-picking style, which is featured on several tracks on their seminal 1968 double album The Beatles, better known as “The White Album.”

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  • Foresterregn

    Hurdy Gurdy Man отличная песня.

    19 Jul 1:33pm Reply
  • session60

    Hi Donovan - hopefully you may remember me - we met last year at The Bell In Tanworth and I gave you our CD - you very kindly rang me but I stupidly lost your message and number. I have been trying to contact you since so if you get this - please message me back as I would love to hear from you - Thanks -Tim

    9 Jul 2:47pm Reply
  • finsaah

    Thanks for listening. I take back the lazy bastard bit

    19 Jun 11:28am Reply
  • finsaah

    Donovan, you lazy bastard, why aren't you playing any London dates?

    15 Jun 9:41am Reply
  • RussellChap

    totally underrated, possibly cos he wrote some god awful songs. luckily he wrote some gems

    8 Jun 2:39pm Reply
  • GodofDeathMetal

    Fantastic & incredible music!

    8 Jun 4:43am Reply
  • kassirb_gnr

    Superman or Green Lantern ain't got a-nothin' on me!

    1 Jun 6:49pm Reply
  • jessyrocker

    Love this Music

    18 Apr 9:21pm Reply
  • PhoenixBloom

    Vote for your fave debut albums here, join the community and vote! http://universalmusiclovers.proboards.com/thread/4/best-debut-albums-all-time

    16 Mar 12:44am Reply
  • EJkanne

    Goodbrood, try some Ravi Shankar. Though he's not a psychedelic rock artist, he's a sitar master who played at Woodstock. I love it.

    4 Mar 8:42pm Reply
  • Makolay

    innoflower, если брать в расчёт что Дилан открыл траву для Битлз после чего они перестали петь песни "мальчик любит девочку", то он самый влиятельный музыкант ХХ века, его невозможно переоценить.

    30 Jan 2:57pm Reply
  • Goodbrood

    hey dudes, I need smthn psychedelic with sitar and stuff, so recommend pls

    29 Dec 2014 Reply
  • Beaugontz

    Donovan, you my nigga

    21 Nov 2014 Reply
  • innoflower

    Понравился больше, чем переоцененный Боб Дилан.

    20 Aug 2014 Reply
  • Brenutka

    что-то есть)

    13 Aug 2014 Reply
  • perezhivem

    ситар,слайды и .т.п.-чуть психодела канешн,щепотка.но выбор делаю больше в пользу Боба.

    12 Aug 2014 Reply
  • nicorebel

    far out

    24 Jun 2014 Reply
  • kluk_jako_buk

    Vastly underrated fella.

    26 Apr 2014 Reply
  • kassirb_gnr

    Ah, but I may as well try and catch the wind.

    18 Apr 2014 Reply
  • HaHaHaYoureDead

    очень хуевый закос под боба дилана

    9 Feb 2014 Reply
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