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The Very Talented Donovan

Updated on September 17, 2017
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I'm a writer, a poet, a dreamer. Born and raised in New York City. I now live in Daytona Beach, Florida with my wonderful cat Sid.

Donovan is a popular and successful singer, songwriter, and guitarist who comes from Scotland. His musical style mixes up a combination of folk, jazz, pop, psychedelia, and world music. He has lived in different places such as London, Scotland, and California and at present makes his home in Ireland. Donovan burst on the scene in early 1964 while performing in the U.K on a pop TV series Ready, Steady, Go! He successfully blended folk, jazz, pop, psychedelic and world music, like calypso.

Donovan came out with his debut album in 1965 titled What’s Bin Did and What’s Bind Hid. Among the songs were “Josie” and “Catch the Wind”.

Donovan’s third album titled Sunshine Superman included the title song and “Season of the Witch”.

His fourth album Mellow Yellow featured the title song which became Donovan’s signature song. The album also included such songs as “Writer in the Sun” and “Museum”.

It was his sixth album The Hurdy Gurdy Man that brought Donovan more success with the release of the title song single and another single “Jennifer Juniper”.

By 1969 he had already released his seventh studio album Barabajagal. Two songs that stand out from this album are the title song and “Atlantis”.

1970 brought the album Open Road and 1971 the album H.M.S. Donovan.

H.M.S. Donovan included such songs as “The Walrus and the Carpenter” and “Jabberwocky” with words by Lewis Carroll and music by Donovan. This was a double album so there were many different songs to enjoy such as “Wynken, Blynken and Nod” with words by Eugene Field and music by Donovan.

Many other albums followed with his last album being released in 2013 titled Shadows of Blue with the title song and “Blue Jean Angel” among others.

He is still popular today and his songs are heard on the radio and fans enjoy watching him perform. Many people recognize his songs as soon as they hear them. Among Donovan’s most popular songs are”Sunshine Superman”,”Mellow Yellow”, and”Hurdy Gurdy Man”. He was the first artist who signed up with CBS/Epic Records and had a series of hits between 1965 and 1970. Among his friends are leading pop musicians such as Brian Jones, Joan Baez, and the Beatles. In 2012 Donovan was inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame.

Donovan has also released an album of children’s songs HMS Donovan. One of his most popular albums was the Hurdy Gurdy Man. His songs were featured in the 1969 comedy movie”It It’s Tuesday, This Must Be Belgium”. He has continued to perform and has done many interesting things such as playing ”Sunshine Superman” in May 2004 at the pre-wedding concert for the Crown Prince and Crown Princess of Denmark.

Donovan has performed in concerts at the Kennedy Center in Washington, D.C., at Alice Tully Hall in N.Y.C., and at the Kodak Theater in Los Angeles, California. He continues to release CDs and has also had his songs ”Jennifer Juniper” featured on the ever popular The Simpsons in the episode ”Flaming Moe”, ”Season of the Witch” in the episode ”Rednecks and Broomsticks”, and ”Wear Your Love Like Heaven” in ”Weekend at Burnsie’s”. Even Homer enjoys Donovan’s songs and in the episode”I am Furious (Yellow)” he can be heard singing”Mellow Yellow”.

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      Gypsy Rose Lee 

      2 years ago from Riga, Latvia

      My pleasure Shauna. He has lots of favorites that I listen to. On YouTube you can find a rather silly movie If It's Tuesday This Must Be Belgium. It is fun to watch and Donovan can be seen performing in one scene.

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      Shauna L Bowling 

      2 years ago from Central Florida

      Rasma, I love Donovan's music but knew absolutely nothing about him. I guess back in the 60's I was more into the music than who was performing it - aside from The Beatles, that is.

      Thank you for once again educating me.

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      Gypsy Rose Lee 

      2 years ago from Riga, Latvia

      Many of his songs simply make me smile Bill.

      Thank you Ruby.

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      Ruby Jean Richert 

      2 years ago from Southern Illinois

      I liked his songs, especially ' Mellow Yellow ' A nice review of his work!!

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      Bill Holland 

      2 years ago from Olympia, WA

      An odd fact: Donovan was always considered a bit weird, but when you consider when he recorded most of his music, what was weird and what wasn't during those times? Right? I love his music.

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