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Donovan Phillips Leitch (born 10 May 1946), mononymously known as Donovan, is a Scottish musician, songwriter, and record producer. He developed an eclectic and distinctive style that blended folk, jazz, pop, psychedelic rock 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 for Hickory Records (US company), 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.He emerged onto the scene in 1965 with three UK hit singles: "Catch the Wind", "Colours" and "Universal Soldier", the last written by Buffy Sainte-Marie. 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 and folk 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. His backing musicians included the Jeff Beck Group, and John Bonham, Jimmy Page and John Paul Jones, who later rose to fame as members of Led Zeppelin. 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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July 15, 2022

Kylie Minogue and Jason Donovan single reissued in honour of ‘Neighbours’ reunion

'Especially For You' will be available on vinyl and cassette tape as a limited edition The post Kylie Minogue and Jason Donovan single reissued in honour of ‘Neighbours’ reunion appeared first on NME.

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July 11, 2022

Kylie Minogue and Jason Donovan share first reunion pictures on ‘Neighbours’

"Now we're back together" The post Kylie Minogue and Jason Donovan share first reunion pictures on ‘Neighbours’ appeared first on NME.

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May 2, 2022

Rudy Gobert Appears to Address Rumor He Has 'Him or Me' Issue With Donovan Mitchell and Will Demand Trade

Just days after the Utah Jazz were eliminated by the Mavericks, a report surfaced claiming that Gobert had reached a "him or me" point with Donovan Mitchell

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May 2, 2022

Kylie Minogue and Jason Donovan to return to ‘Neighbours’ for finale

"It has been an emotional experience for them, for us, and I’m sure it will be for our viewers" The post Kylie Minogue and Jason Donovan to return to ‘Neighbours’ for finale appeared first on NME.

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April 4, 2022

British Man Given Indefinite Hospital Order After Killing His Grandmother, Then Having Sex With Her Corpse

Donovan Miller, 31, choked his grandmother, Phyllis Grant, 76, and beat her over the head with a vase at their shared home in East London’s Plaistow. The att...

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October 6, 2021

Pharrell Williams cancels Virginia festival following cousin’s fatal shooting

Donovan Lynch was shot and killed in Virginia Beach by a police officer in March The post Pharrell Williams cancels Virginia festival following cousin’s fatal shooting appeared first on NME.

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May 11, 2021

David Lynch directs video for new Donovan song, ‘I Am The Shaman’

“David and I are ‘Compadres’ on a creative path rarely travelled" The post David Lynch directs video for new Donovan song, ‘I Am The Shaman’ appeared first on NME.

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Discs

The Heights of Alma

April 6, 2022

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Listen

March 18, 2022

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Split Wood Not Atoms

February 28, 2022

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On Christmas Day

December 15, 2021

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Gimme Some A That

October 17, 2021

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Season of the Witch 2

October 16, 2021

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I Am The Shaman

May 10, 2021

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Lunarian

March 31, 2021

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Jump In the Line - A Tribute to Harry Belafonte

July 17, 2019

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Jump in the Line - A Tribute to Harry Belafonte

July 10, 2019

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Eco Song

April 10, 2019

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The Living Crystal Faery Realm

May 9, 2017

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Buried Treasure 2

May 2, 2017

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Buried Treasure 1

May 2, 2016

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Shadows of Blue

September 9, 2013

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The Sensual Donovan

April 10, 2012

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Ritual Groove

October 18, 2010

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Beat Cafe

August 24, 2004

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Brother Sun, Sister Moon

March 15, 2004

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Sixty Four

February 1, 2004

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Pied Piper

March 19, 2002

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Sutras

January 1, 1996

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Fairy Tales of Hermann Hesse

May 2, 1995

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Lady of the Stars

January 14, 1984

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Love Is Only Feeling

October 15, 1981

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Neutronica

April 3, 1980

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Donovan

August 11, 1977

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Slow Down World

May 1, 1976

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7-Tease

November 1, 1974

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Essence to Essence

December 1, 1973

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Cosmic Wheels

March 1, 1973

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Saint Valentine's Angel

January 1, 1973

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HMS Donovan

July 1, 1971

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Open Road

September 7, 1970

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Barabajagal

August 11, 1969

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The Hurdy Gurdy Man

October 1, 1968

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In Concert At The Anaheim Convention Center, CA - November 17, 1967

August 1, 1968

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A Gift From A Flower To A Garden

December 1, 1967

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Mellow Yellow

March 1, 1967

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Sunshine Superman

September 1, 1966

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Fairytale (Deluxe Expanded Edition)

October 22, 1965

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What's Bin Did and What's Bin Hid

May 14, 1965

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