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Donovan Philips Leitch, 10 May 1946, Maryhill, Glasgow, Scotland. Uncomfortably labelled ‘Britain’s answer to Bob Dylan’ Donovan did not fit in well with the folk establishment. Instead, it was the pioneering UK television show Ready, Steady, Go! that adopted him, and from then on success was assured. His first single, ‘Catch The Wind’, launched a career that lasted through the 60s with numerous hits, developing as fashions changed. The expressive ‘Colours’ and ‘Turquoise’ continued his hit folk image, although hints of other influences began to creep into his music. Donovan’s finest work, however, was as an ambassador of ‘flower power’ with memorable singles such as 1966’s ‘Sunshine Superman’ (UK number 2/US number 1) and ‘Mellow Yellow’ (UK number 8/US number 2). His subtle drug references endeared him to the hippie movement, although some critics felt his stance was too fey and...

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