Scottish Singer-songwriter and Guitarist

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 Donovan was born 10 May 1946, in Maryhill, Glasgow, Scotland, to Donald and Winifred Leitch. … Read More
1956 10 Years Old In 1956, his family moved to Little Berkhamsted near Hatfield, Hertfordshire, England. … 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 in Dylan's suite at the Savoy Hotel in London. … 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
In early 1968 he was part of the group that travelled to 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 by chance in 1970 and married soon after. … Read More
1971 25 Years Old The largely self-produced children's album HMS Donovan in 1971, failed to gain a wide audience.
1972 26 Years Old During an 18-month tax exile in Ireland (1971–72), he wrote for the 1972 film The Pied Piper in which he played the title role, and for Brother Sun, Sister Moon (1972), Franco Zeffirelli's film about St Francis of Assisi. … Read More
1973 27 Years Old After a new deal with Epic, Donovan reunited with 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 opened for Yes on their six-month tour of North America and Europe following the release of Going for the One (1977).
1978 32 Years Old The 1978 LP, Donovan was on Most's RAK Records in the UK and on Clive Davis' new Arista Records in the US; it reunited him for the last time with Most and Cameron, but was not well received at the height of the new wave and failed to chart.


1990 44 Years Old It was followed by Neutronica (1980), Love Is Only Feeling (1981), Lady Of The Stars (1984), and a 1990 live album featuring new performances of his classic songs. … Read More
1991 45 Years Old A tribute album to Donovan, Island of Circles, was released by Nettwerk in 1991. … Read More


2000 - 2001 2 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 1 More Event
A new album, Beat Cafe, on Appleseed Records in 2004, marked a return to the jazzy sound of his 1960s recordings and featured bassist Danny Thompson and drummer Jim Keltner, with production by John Chelew (Blind Boys Of Alabama). … Read More
A set of his Mickie Most albums was released on 9 May 2005. … Read More


2006 60 Years Old In spring/summer 2006, Donovan played British festivals and two dates at Camden's The Jazz Café, London.
In January 2007, Donovan played 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 - 2010 2 More Events
2011 65 Years Old Prior to the release, he had described it as a multi-media album waiting for videos to be applied. "Jennifer Juniper" was on The Simpsons episode "Flaming Moe" on 16 January 2011. … Read More
2012 66 Years Old 1 More Event
…  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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