In addition to the ES Forum, here are links to other sites which you'll enjoy visiting. For starters, Like Sunlight on a Gull's Wing: our webmaster's Donovan Tribute Site. Also check out the Great Songs of the Sky website! This is the musical tribute to Donovan created and directed by our own Lucy D'mot, and the site features photos and extras from the production. A brand-new, still-developing site by new Spanish fans and ES members Veronica and Carols is Donovan Unofficial, a beautifully designed site, graphically rich yet elegantly simple. Another group you might want to check out is Dono-fans! on Facebook.
In the official induction ceremony to be held on 14 April 2012, Donovan Phillips Leitch will be inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame at long last! He joins fellow inductees Laura Nyro, The Small Faces/Faces, Guns 'n Roses, Beastie Boys, and Red Hot Chili Peppers. Details.
Donovan Bio on Rock and Roll Hall of Fame website
The first British folk troubadour who truly captured the imaginations of early Beatles-era fans on both sides of the Atlantic, Donovan Leitch made the transition from a scruffy blue-jeaned busker into a brocaded hippie traveler on Trans Love Airways. As a folkie on the road with Gypsy Dave, Donovan became a Dylan-esque visual presence on the BBC's Ready Steady Go! starting in 1964, and released several classics: "Catch The Wind," "Colours," Buffy Ste.-Marie's "Universal Soldier," "To Try For The Sun" and more. That changed in 1966, as he came under the production arm of UK hitmaker Mickie Most, and was signed by Clive Davis to Epic Records in the states. Donovan ignited the psychedelic revolution virtually single handedly when the iconic single "Sunshine Superman" was released that summer of '66 (and the LP of the same name, with "Season Of The Witch"). His heady fusion of folk, blues and jazz expanded to include Indian music and the TM (transcendental meditation) movement. Donovan was at the center of the Beatles' fabled pilgrimage to the Maharishi's ashram in early '68 (where, it is said, he taught guitar finger-picking techniques to John Lennon and Paul McCartney). Donovan's final Top 40 hit with Most was "Goo Goo Barabajagal (Love Is Hot)" in the summer '69, backed by the Jeff Beck Group. In the '70s and '80s, Donovan continued to record and tour sporadically, including songs for Franco Zeffirelli's Brother Sun, Sister Moon (finally issued in 2004). During the 1990s, Rick Rubin (after working with Johnny Cash) produced Donovan's Sutras. The 2008 documentary film, Sunshine Superman: The Journey Of Donovan is an essential overview of his career.
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