Scottish Singer-songwriter and Guitarist
Born May 10, 1946
Age 69
Hometown Maryhill
Genres Folk rock + Psych...
Instruments Banjo + Harmonica
Record Label Hickory Records
Height 5' 10" (178 cm)
Nationality Scottish

Donovan (born Donovan Philips Leitch 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. He currently lives with his family in County Cork in Ireland. Donovan came to fame in the United Kingdom in early 1965 with a series of live performances on the pop TV series, Ready Steady Go!, and his popularity spread to the US and other countries.… Read More

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1946 Birth Born on May 10, 1946.
1956 10 Years Old In 1956, his family moved to Little Berkhamsted near Hertford, England. … Read More


1963 17 Years Old In 1963, he took a trip to St Ives with Gypsy Dave and other friends from Hertfordshire. … Read More
1964 18 Years Old 1 More Event
In 1964, he travelled to Manchester with Gypsy Dave, then spent the summer in Torquay, Devon. … Read More
In the first week of May 1965, Donovan met Bob Dylan, then touring the UK, in Dylan's suite at the Savoy Hotel in London. … Read More


1966 20 Years Old In mid-1966, Donovan became the first high-profile British pop star to be arrested for possession of marijuana. … Read More
The song was covered by Brian Auger on his first LP in 1967, and Al Kooper and Stephen Stills recorded an 11-minute version on the 1968 album, Super Session. … Read More
Donovan developed a strong interest in eastern mysticism and claims to have played a significant role in awakening the interest of The Beatles in transcendental meditation. In early 1968 he was part of the group that travelled to India to spend several weeks at the ashram of Maharishi Mahesh Yogi in Rishikesh. … Read More
Early in 1969, the comedy film If It's Tuesday, This Must Be Belgium featured music by Donovan; the title tune was written by him and sung by J. P. Rags, and he also performed "Lord of the Reedy River" in the film as a singer at a youth hostel. … Read More
They met again by chance in 1970 and married soon after. … Read More
1971 25 Years Old 1 More Event
The largely self-produced children's album HMS Donovan was released in 1971, but failed to gain a wide audience (due mainly to it being a UK only release).
1973 27 Years Old After signing a lucrative new deal with Epic, Donovan reunited with Mickie Most in early 1973, resulting in the LP Cosmic Wheels, which featured arrangements by Chris Spedding. … Read More


1977 31 Years Old In 1977, he toured as the opening act for Yes during their summer tour of the US following the release of their Going for the One album.
1978 32 Years Old The 1978 LP, Donovan was released on Most's RAK Records in the UK and on Clive Davis' new Arista Records label in the USA; it reunited him for the last time with Mickie Most and John Cameron, but was not well received at the height of the New Wave period and failed to chart. … Read More
1982 36 Years Old Donovan's performances were seen and heard worldwide on the resulting album and movie, released in 1982.


1991 45 Years Old A tribute album to Donovan, Island of Circles, was released by Nettwerk in 1991. … Read More


1996 - 2001 3 More Events
2003 57 Years Old In November 2003, Donovan was awarded an honorary degree of Doctor of Letters from the University of Hertfordshire. … Read More
2004 58 Years Old In May 2004, Donovan played "Sunshine Superman" at the pre-wedding concert for the Crown Prince and Crown Princess of Denmark. … Read More
A set of his Mickie Most albums was released on May, 9th 2005. … Read More


2006 60 Years Old In spring/summer 2006, Donovan played a series of British festivals and two dates at Camden's Jazz Café, London.
In January 2007, Donovan played concerts at the Kennedy Center, in Washington, DC, at Alice Tully Hall, in New York City, and at the Kodak Theatre, in Los Angeles, California, in conjunction with a presentation by film maker David Lynch supporting the David Lynch Foundation for Consciousness-Based Education and World Peace. … Read More
2009 63 Years Old On 6 October 2009, Donovan was honoured as a BMI Icon at the 2009 annual BMI London Awards. … Read More
2010 64 Years Old In October 2010, Donovan's newest recording, a double CD set entitled "Ritual Groove" was made available exclusively through his official website. … Read More
2011 65 Years Old Donovan's song "Jennifer Juniper" was featured on The Simpsons episode "Flaming Moe" which aired on 16 January 2011.
2012 66 Years Old 1 More Event
…  Donovan was inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame in 2012. … Read More
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