Donovan LeitchDonovan Philips Leitch (also known simply as Donovan) (born May 10, 1946) is a British musician. Born in Glasgow, he moved with his family to Hatfield, England when young. Influenced by his family's love for Scottish and English folk music, he began playing guitar at fourteen. He and his friend Gypsy Dave traveled the country playing folk songs. In 1963 he appeared on the television program Ready Steady Go. which led to a recording contract.
Since Donovan was billed as the English version of Bob Dylan, a meeting between the two in 1965 made headlines. He toured with Dylan and Joan Baez, and can be seen backstage in the concert film Don't Look Back. He performed to critical and audience acclaim at the 1965 Newport Folk Festival.
Donovan began performing with future Led Zeppelin members John Paul Jones, Jimmy Page and John Bonham. His first United States hit was "Sunshine Superman", which was followed shortly afterwards by "Mellow Yellow", which became a sort of hippie anthem.
In the late 1960s, seeing many of his audience succumb to hard drug use, Donovan went on record opposing the use of drugs. He became a student of the Maharishi Mahesh Yogi, embracing vegetarianism and Hindu and Buddhist philosophies.
Donovan has two children who have become actors, his namesake son, Donovan Leitch, Jr, and his daughter, Ione Skye.
Donovan Leitch, born May 10, 1946 in Glasgow, Scotland, is a pop performer who rose to fame in the 1960s. He usually was known only by his first name. He was promoted as "the English Dylan, but in fact he was both more "flower power" than Dylan and more of a rocker.
His first international hit was "Sunshine Superman", which was followed by "Mellow Yellow", a song believed by many to be about the supposed practice of smoking banana peels, which became his signature tune (Paul McCartney is said to be heard whispering on it). Other hits included "Hurdy Gurdy Man", and his snarling "Goo-Goo-Barrabajagal" is perhaps the hardest rocking mystical evocation of Christianity ever recorded, while "Atlantis" is as pagan and hippy-dippy as they come.
Two of Donovan's children, Donovan Leitch and Ione Skye, became actors.