Donovan Concert Tickets
When rock bands such as the Beatles were busy “invading” the US in 1960s, Donovan was busy doing the same in his home country, UK. He was the star of the very famous pop TV series, Ready Steady Go! which made him a household name all over the UK in 1965. In a career spanning over five decades, Donovan has been known to blend various musical genres, unlike any other artist of his time. An artist who started his career in 1964, Donovan is still going strong at the age of 70 and presently touring all over the US. Get your Donovan tickets today and get ready to listen to the very best of pop, jazz and psychedelic music.
Donovan’s contributions to the world of music have been recognized with his induction into the Songwriters Hall of Fame and the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame. Only the selected few and very exceptional artists are given such an honor.
Donovan: The Formative Years
Donovan Philips Leitch better known as Donovan is a native of Glasgow, Scotland. He was very young when he contracted polio due to which he still walks with a limp. His family was into folk music and due to their encouragement, Donovan took up the guitar when he was only 14. As his real calling was in music, he couldn’t fit in into school and dropped out. The ensuing years would see him on the road, touring all over the UK, playing at various venues and cafes, learning nifty guitar techniques from the maestros and writing his own songs.
1964 was a special year in Donovan’s life as he was offered a contract by Pye Records. He recorded a demo tape as part of the contract, which included singles such as “Josie” and “Catch the Wind.” He was immediately compared with Bob Dylan, due to similarities in their singing styles. While the press labeled him as “Dylan clone,” Donovan would acknowledge Dylan as an influence in his earlier years.
The Most Years & Sunshine Superman
Mickie Most was one of the most successful music producers of his time and Donovan met him in 1965. The dynamic duo would go on to make some great music along with legendary musicians such as Jimmy Page, Led Zeppelin and others.
In 1966, Donovan had delved into eastern music, blues and jazz. He was one of many artists who opposed the Vietnam War through their music – “Sunshine Superman” was the result of this. It was first released as a song and later became the title of his album. The song had traces of folk rock, psychedelia and jazz and it was an instant hit amongst the counterculture generation. It sold over 800,000 copies in the first six weeks of its release and was later certified as Gold. It would eventually sell over one million copies worldwide. Sunshine Superman the album also featured the sitar, which was played by Shawn Phillips, an American folk rock singer.
In addition to this, another song which hit the right chords with the fans was “Mellow Yellow.” This song would go on to peak at number 2 position on the Billboard Hot 100; it would also sell over one million copies in the US alone.
Donovan: 70s, 80s & 90s
Donovan represented the clichéd “hippie” era. As the era came to an end, Donovan’s music and career, however, did not finish. In the 1970s, he got married and started a family. During this decade, he also reunited with Mickie Most and produced even better music. He also collaborated with various other artists such as Alice Cooper, George Harrison and others.
The 80s saw the antithesis of the “hippie” era. With punk on the rise, Donovan however still kept performing, although his fans saw less of him during this era. In 1990, Donovan released a live album of his most famous songs, which reinforced his connection with his fans. During this decade he also collaborated with a hip hop producer.
Donovan in the 21st Century
In the 2000s alone, Donovan released 7 studio albums, with Shadows of Blue being his last, which was released in 2013. The album pays homage to the birth of his US music career and especially Nashville, where Donovan’s one of the popular singles “Catch the Wind” was released.
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