Category: donovan

On this day in music history: August 11, 1969 …

On this day in music history: August 11, 1969 – “Barabajagal”, the seventh album by Donovan is released. Produced by Mickie Most, it is recorded at Olympic Studios in London in May 1968, and American Recording Company in Los Angeles, CA November 1968 and May 1969. The album features musical backing by The Jeff Beck Group (on the title track) as well as background vocals from Graham Nash, Mike McGear (aka Michael McCartney), Rod Stewart, Lesley Duncan and Madeline Bell. It spins off two singles including the double A-sided single “Atlantis” / “To Susan On The West Coast Waiting” (#7 Pop) and the title track (#36 Pop). The album also marks the end of Donovan’s long term collaboration with producer Mickie Most, with Most shifting his attention to his newly formed label RAK Records, signing artists such as Hot Chocolate, The Arrows, Smokie, and Suzi Quatro. “Atlantis” is later used in a memorable scene in director Martin Scoresese’s “Goodfellas” in 1990. Originally released on CD in 1990, it is remastered and reissued in 2005. The album is also remastered and reissued as a 180 gram vinyl LP by Music On Vinyl in 2013, the first release of the album in that format in nearly thirty years. “Barabajagal” peaks at number twenty three on the Billboard Top 200.

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Born on this day: May 10, 1946 – Singer, songw…

Born on this day: May 10, 1946 – Singer, songwriter and musician Donovan (born Donovan Philips Leitch in Maryhill, Glasgow, Scotland. Happy 73rd Birthday, Donovan!!

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On this day in music history: April 16, 1968 -…

On this day in music history: April 16, 1968 – “A Gift From A Flower To A Garden”, the fifth album by Donovan is released (US release is in December 1967). Produced by Mickie Most, it is recorded at Pye Studios in London circa 1967. Originally released as two separate albums titled “Wear Your Love Like Heaven” and “For Little Ones”, it is one of the first rock albums to be issued as a box set. The songs on “Wear Your Love Like Heaven” are electric based pop songs, while “For Little Ones” are acoustic based children’s songs. The set is lavishly packaged with a full color booklet including photos and printed lyrics, “A Gift From A Flower To A Garden” peaks at number thirteen on the UK album chart, number nineteen on the Billboard Top 200, and is certified Gold in the US by the RIAA.

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On this day in music history: September 3, 196…

On this day in music history: September 3, 1966 – “Sunshine Superman” by Donovan hits #1 on the Billboard Hot 100 for 1 week. Written by Donovan Leitch, it is the biggest US chart single for the Scottish born singer, songwriter and musician. Starting his career off by singing Dylanesque folk songs like his first hit single “Catch The Wind”, Donovan’s songwriting begins to evolve and move in new directions. “Sunshine Superman” is inspired partially by Leitch’s future wife Linda Lawrence, who had previously dated Rolling Stone Brian Jones. Wary of becoming involved with another musician, and the often unpredictable lifestyle it brings, she breaks off the relationship. Not willing to let her go easily, Donovan puts his feelings about winning her back into the song, expressed in the repeated refrain “‘Cause I made my mind up you’re going to be mine…”. Recorded at Abbey Road Studios in London in January of 1966, “Sunshine Superman” also features future Led Zeppelin members Jimmy Page and John Paul Jones playing guitar and bass respectively. The record marks a major turning point in Donovan’s career, which sees him moving away from his earlier folk oriented material that led the young singer/songwriter to be compared to Bob Dylan by the British press. The two actually meet in 1965 during Dylan’s now legendary tour of the UK captured in the documentary film “Don’t Look Back” and become friends. His first release on Epic Records (his previous records were released by Nashville, TN based indie Hickory Records in the US) in July of 1966, it quickly takes off. Entering the Hot 100 at #90 on July 30, 1966, it streaks to the top of the chart five weeks later. The UK release of the single is delayed until December of that year, due to a contractual dispute between Donovan and his British label Pye Records. “Sunshine Superman is a major hit there as well, peaking at #2 on the UK singles chart.

On this day in music history: August 11, 1969 …

On this day in music history: August 11, 1969 – “Barabajagal”, the seventh album by Donovan is released. Produced by Mickie Most, it is recorded at Olympic Studios in London in May 1968, and American Recording Company in Los Angeles, CA November 1968 and May 1969. The album features musical backing by The Jeff Beck Group (on the title track) as well as background vocals from Graham Nash, Mike McGear (aka Michael McCartney), Rod Stewart, Lesley Duncan and Madeline Bell. It spins off two singles including the double A-sided single “Atlantis” / “To Susan On The West Coast Waiting” (#7 Pop) and the title track (#36 Pop). The album also marks the end of Donovan’s long term collaboration with producer Mickie Most, with Most shifting his attention to his newly formed label RAK Records, signing artists such as Hot Chocolate, The Arrows, Smokie, and Suzi Quatro. “Atlantis” is later used in a memorable scene in director Martin Scoresese’s “Goodfellas” in 1990. Originally released on CD in 1990, it is remastered and reissued in 2005. The album is also remastered and reissued as a 180 gram vinyl LP by Music On Vinyl in 2013, the first release of the album in that format in nearly thirty years. “Barabajagal” peaks at number twenty three on the Billboard Top 200.

Born on this day: May 10, 1946 – Singer, songw…

Born on this day: May 10, 1946 – Singer, songwriter and musician Donovan (born Donovan Philips Leitch in Maryhill, Glasgow, Scotland. Happy 72nd Birthday, Donovan!!

On this day in music history: April 16, 1968 -…

On this day in music history: April 16, 1968 – “A Gift From A Flower To A Garden”, the fifth album by Donovan is released (US release is in December 1967). Produced by Mickie Most, it is recorded at Pye Studios in London circa 1967. Originally released as two separate albums titled “Wear Your Love Like Heaven” and “For Little Ones”, it is one of the first rock albums to be issued as a box set. The songs on “Wear Your Love Like Heaven” are electric based pop songs, while “For Little Ones” are acoustic based children’s songs. The set is lavishly packaged with a full color booklet including photos and printed lyrics, “A Gift From A Flower To A Garden” peaks at number thirteen on the UK album chart, number nineteen on the Billboard Top 200, and is certified Gold in the US by the RIAA.