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TGIF Rock-n-Roll Oldies: Donovan 1966
Reaganite Republican ^ | February 18, 2011 | Reaganite Republican

Posted on 02/18/2011 12:27:19 PM PST by Reaganite Republican



Donovan (Donovan Philips Leitch 5.10.46) is a Scottish singer-songwriter and guitarist. Emerging from the British folk scene, he developed an eclectic and distinctive style that blended folk, jazz, pop, psychedelia, and world music in a way that had substantial commercial appeal. 

Donovan appeared in the UK early in 1965 with a series of live performances on the pop TV show Ready Steady Go!... and his popularity quickly spread from there.

After signing with the British label Pye Records in 1965, he recorded a handful of singles and two albums in the folk music vein with leading independent record producer Mickie Most, scoring a string of international hits.

His successful records in the 1960s included the UK hits "Catch the Wind" and "Colours" in 1965, while the next year "Sunshine Superman" went all the way to top the chart at #1 in the US.

Donovan was one of the leading British recording artists as he put-out a series of hit albums and singles between 1965 and 1970, and he even schooled Lennon and McCartney when he taught them his finger-picking guitar style in 1968...

Other classics from Donovan include "Atlantis", "In the Morning", "Jennifer Jupiter", and of course "Mellow Yellow".

Alas, Donovan's commercial fortunes waned after he parted ways with Mickie Most in 1969, and he left the music industry for a time. But he did continue to perform and record sporadically in the 1970s and 1980s.

But the musician enjoyed a bit of a revival in the 90s with the advent of the British 'rave' scene. He later in the decade did the '96 album Sutras with producer and long-time fan Rick Rubin and in 2004 released the all-new album Beat Cafe.

Donovan was last year nominated for induction into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame 2011... but seriously, what took them so long?


Donovan: Sunshine Superman - 1966

[Video -here-]

Donovan Official Site   Wikipedia

Previous RR Rock n Roll Oldies features -here-





TOPICS: Arts/Photography; History; Music/Entertainment
KEYWORDS: donovan; music; oldies; rock; sixties

1 posted on 02/18/2011 12:27:23 PM PST by Reaganite Republican
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To: Reaganite Republican

‘Mellow Yellow’ is such a cool song!


2 posted on 02/18/2011 12:31:22 PM PST by MeganC (Soli Deo Gloria)
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To: Reaganite Republican

Never forget the unforgettable “Intergalactic Laxative”, it’ll get you from here to Mars!


3 posted on 02/18/2011 12:33:41 PM PST by al44
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To: Reaganite Republican

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=leI7sfmipuI

Hail Atlantis!


4 posted on 02/18/2011 12:33:46 PM PST by kbennkc (For those who have fought for it, freedom has a flavor the protected will never know.)
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To: Reaganite Republican

“Jennifer Jupiter”,
_____

I always thought it was titled “Jenifer Juniper”. I actually liked that song...now, I don’t know, ain’t the same.
: (


5 posted on 02/18/2011 12:36:44 PM PST by ozark hilljilly (Y'all had enough, yet?)
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To: Reaganite Republican

My personal favorite was his duet with Alice Cooper in ‘Billion Dollar Babies’.


6 posted on 02/18/2011 12:37:52 PM PST by skeeter
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To: Reaganite Republican
from Rikki Tikki Tavi

(Every)body who read the Jungle Book knows that Riki tiki tavi's a mongoose who kills snakes

(Well) when I was a young man I was led to believe there were organisations to kill my snakes for me

(ie the) church ie the government ie the school

(but when I got a little older) I learned I had to kill them myself

.

It sounds like he knew from an early age to depend on one's self to find an answer to problems as opposed to the govt and other agencies

7 posted on 02/18/2011 12:43:32 PM PST by InvisibleChurch ( Stop the worm holocaust : End Fishing.)
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To: kbennkc

Martin Socrsese had Atlantis playing just before Billy Batts got his beaten by Joe Pesci and DeNiro. aka go home and get you ****** shinebox.

Donovan “though Gods they were....” fades a little.

Billy Batts “ I done my ******* time...”

At the end of the beating a crazed and apologetic Joe says to a mortified and dazed Ray Liotta - “I didn’t want to get blood on your floor.”


8 posted on 02/18/2011 12:48:50 PM PST by Frantzie (HD TV - Total Brain-washing now in High Def. 3-D Coming soon)
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To: Reaganite Republican

Take the elevator in the brain hotel...


9 posted on 02/18/2011 12:52:06 PM PST by Jim Noble (House GOP: If you can't stand the heat, get out of the kitchen.)
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To: Reaganite Republican

Donovan was a pioneer in recording techniques - very much under appreciated for a lot of processing that others used extensively. Hail Atlantis!


10 posted on 02/18/2011 12:55:28 PM PST by corkoman
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To: Reaganite Republican
His kids will be familiar to 80s movie fans, Ione Skye and Donovan Leitch Jr. His son didn't have a big name in movies but still made a minor splash in a couple of films. His 1988, “The In Crowd” is still one of the most underrated 80s movies of all times.
11 posted on 02/18/2011 12:56:10 PM PST by Hillarys Gate Cult
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To: Reaganite Republican

I liked “Catch The Wind”.

(Was a GREAT Steven Bishop on the stairs playing guitar in Animal House kinda song....).


12 posted on 02/18/2011 1:02:41 PM PST by musicman (Until I see the REAL Long Form Vault BC, he's just "PRES__ENT" Obama = Without "ID")
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To: musicman
I liked “Catch The Wind”.

You can almost smell the reefer when a lyrisist runs out of ideas and writes: deedee dadee da da dee dee da da dee

13 posted on 02/18/2011 1:07:20 PM PST by kbennkc (For those who have fought for it, freedom has a flavor the protected will never know.)
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To: corkoman

He’s awesome, and obviously I’m a fan

His stuff ages well, too- been listening to him for over forty years and still enjoy every tune he ever did!


14 posted on 02/18/2011 1:09:47 PM PST by Reaganite Republican
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To: al44
LOL As soon as i saw this thread I thought of Intergalactic Laxative. I was thinking that no one else would have heard it yet here you are.

Bravo

15 posted on 02/18/2011 1:10:27 PM PST by BlueMondaySkipper (Involuntarily subsidizing the parasite class since 1981)
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To: kbennkc

16 posted on 02/18/2011 1:12:41 PM PST by musicman (Until I see the REAL Long Form Vault BC, he's just "PRES__ENT" Obama = Without "ID")
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To: skeeter
Wow.

I had no idea that was Donovan singing with Alice. I always thought it was a redub of Alice sounding prissy...

17 posted on 02/18/2011 1:17:02 PM PST by Flycatcher (God speaks to us, through the supernal lightness of birds, in a special type of poetry.)
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To: Flycatcher

It always cracked me up, the mellow Mr Leach singing that demented song.


18 posted on 02/18/2011 1:20:25 PM PST by skeeter
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To: skeeter
Too bad Alice couldn't get Donovan to sing with him on the last song of that album: the wonderfully demented (but groundbreaking) "I Love the Dead."

Lol!

19 posted on 02/18/2011 1:26:10 PM PST by Flycatcher (God speaks to us, through the supernal lightness of birds, in a special type of poetry.)
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To: Reaganite Republican

When Donovan was firing on all cylinders he wrote &/or recorded some classics:

Catch The Wind
Wear Your Love Like Heaven
Season Of The Witch
The Trip
Hurdy Gurdy Man
Mellow Yellow
Sunshine Superman
Epistle To Dippy
Colours
The Fat Angel is even a great tune.


20 posted on 02/18/2011 1:33:22 PM PST by j-damn
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To: Reaganite Republican

Wasn’t Donovan declared “a little too happy” for normal people and shuffled off to a home for the crazed at one time?


21 posted on 02/18/2011 1:37:41 PM PST by hoagy62 (I am a optimistic pessimist. I am positive that the world is going to Hell.)
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To: j-damn

I had all his albums and the calico Nehru jacket that goes with them...


22 posted on 02/18/2011 1:45:08 PM PST by rahbert
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To: hoagy62
Here he is on Phenobarbital.


23 posted on 02/18/2011 1:53:50 PM PST by skeeter
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To: Reaganite Republican

The Intergalactic Laxative will get you from here to Mars.


24 posted on 02/18/2011 2:00:08 PM PST by IronJack (=)
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To: Reaganite Republican

I still play something from Donovan maybe every 2 weeks. It’s good stuff, you can work while it’s playing, and I remember the good old days when I listen to it.


25 posted on 02/18/2011 2:00:23 PM PST by radiohead (Buy ammo, get your kids out of government schools, pray for the Republic.)
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To: ozark hilljilly

“I always thought it was titled “Jenifer Juniper”. I actually liked that song...now, I don’t know, ain’t the same.
: (”

Go back to liking it. It is Jennifer Juniper.


26 posted on 02/18/2011 2:03:45 PM PST by Stormdog (A rifle transforms one from subject to Citizen)
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To: Reaganite Republican
I HATED Donovan.
And 'Sunshine Superman', it made my skin crawl. The lyrics are insipid clap-trap, the music sucks and so does his voice.

And I don't know what that guitarist is supposed to be playing but I'd have suggested he play more than ONE *%$#ing NOTE.

27 posted on 02/18/2011 2:05:24 PM PST by Condor51 (Suppose you were an idiot. And suppose you were a Congressman. But I repeat myself. [Mark Twain])
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To: radiohead

My thoughts exactly

Big Radiohead fan too... little depressing tho lol


28 posted on 02/18/2011 3:23:52 PM PST by Reaganite Republican
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To: Condor51

Look, there’s no need to sugar-coat it for me lol


29 posted on 02/18/2011 3:34:28 PM PST by Reaganite Republican
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To: Condor51

PS- it’s a song of courtship written to American actress Sue Lyon


30 posted on 02/18/2011 3:38:55 PM PST by Reaganite Republican
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To: Reaganite Republican

Way down below the ocean
Where I want to be
She may be.


31 posted on 02/18/2011 3:38:56 PM PST by RegulatorCountry
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To: RegulatorCountry

Or not, lol


32 posted on 02/18/2011 3:42:19 PM PST by Reaganite Republican
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To: kbennkc
I've always loved that one, wacked-out and spacey paganish though it may well be. I played it at midnight on New Year's Eve for many years.

The continent of Atlantis was an island
Which lay before the great flood
In the area we now call the Atlantic Ocean

So great an area of land that from her western shores
Those beautiful sailors journeyed to the south
And the North Americas with ease
In their ships with painted sails

To them East Africa was a neighbor
Across a short strait of sea miles
The great Egyptian age is but a remnant of the Atlantian culture
The antediluvian kings colonized the world
All the Gods who play in the mythological dramas
In all legends from all lands were from far Atlantis

Knowing her fate, Atlantis sent out ships
To all corners of the Earth, on board were the
Twelve, 'The poet, the physician, the farmer, the scientist
The magician and the other so-called Gods of our legends'

Though Gods they were
And as the elders of our time choose to remain blind
Let us rejoice and let us sing
And dance and ring in the new

Hail Atlantis!

33 posted on 02/18/2011 3:47:23 PM PST by RegulatorCountry
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To: RegulatorCountry

I have always like that guy and his music.


34 posted on 02/18/2011 6:11:47 PM PST by Tainan (Cogito Ergo Conservitus.)
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To: RegulatorCountry
I have always liked that guy and his music. Damn sticky keyboard.
35 posted on 02/18/2011 6:12:40 PM PST by Tainan (Cogito Ergo Conservitus.)
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To: kbennkc
You can almost smell the reefer when a lyrisist runs out of ideas and writes: deedee dadee da da dee dee da da dee

Maybe it's Morse code. I think it spells out L-S-D.

36 posted on 02/18/2011 6:15:10 PM PST by Fresh Wind (TOTUS knows how to give a speech. Obama knows how to read.)
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To: Reaganite Republican
Radiohead just released their new album Friday;

http://www.monstersandcritics.com/people/news/article_1620515.php/Radiohead-release-album-early

37 posted on 02/19/2011 3:42:55 PM PST by Hillarys Gate Cult
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