- Donovan Philips Leitch, known as Donovan, is a Scottish singer, songwriter and guitarist
|Born:||10 May 1946 Comment |
|How old is Donovan in 2021? / Age: ||75 years
- 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
- 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
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