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Donovan Timeline


1946

Donovan Philips Leitch, the singer/songwriter simply known as Donovan, is born in Glasgow, Scotland.

1964

Donovan makes his first demo recordings at the behest of managers Geoff Stephens and Peter Eden, in a London studio.

1965

Donovan signs to Pye Records in the U.K.

1965

Bob Dylan meets Donovan in a London hotel room. The encounter is excerpted in D.A. Pennebaker's documentary film, Don't Look Back.

1965

Donovan's first single, "Catch the Wind," peaks at #4 on the British charts.

1965

The headline in Britain's Melody Maker reads: "Dylan Digs Donovan."

1965

Joan Baez and Donovan lead a march against the Vietnam War in London.

1965

Donovan's second single, "Colours," hits #4 in the U.K. "Catch the Wind" simultaneously peaks at #23 in the U.S.

1965

Donovan makes his first U.S. visit, during which he appears at the Newport Folk Festival-- as does Bob Dylan, who is booed when he performs a set with drums and amplified instruments.

1966

"Sunshine Superman" hits #1 in the U.S. Its release in the U.K. is delayed because of a lawsuit with his former managers, though it will reach #3 when it finally appears there.

1966

Sunshine Superman, Donovan's third album-- a masterpiece of exotically tinged psychedelic pop-- peaks at #11 on the U.S. chart.

1966

Donovan records "Sunshine Superman" with his new producer, Mickie Most, in a style that departs from his roots as a solo folksinger.

1966

"Mellow Yellow" reaches #2 in the U.S. Arranged by John Paul Jones (later of Led Zeppelin), the somewhat controversial song is alleged to have drug and/or sexual themes.

1967

Donovan's "Epistle to Dippy" enters the U.S. charts, where it will peak ar #19.

1967

The Beatles' recording session for "All You Need Is Love" is filmed at EMI Studios, with Donovan among the all-star guests joining in on the chorus.

1967

"There Is a Mountain" reaches its U.S. peak of #11. The song's riff will become the basis for the Allman Brothers Band's "Mountain Jam."

1967

Donovan commences a three-night run of shows at San Francisco's Fillmore West.

1968

A Gift from a Flower to a Garden, a double-album box set by Donovan, enters the Top 200, where it will reach #19 and eventually be certified gold.

1968

The Beatles, joined by Donovan and others, travel to India for a meditation retreat with the Maharishi Mahesh Yogi.

1968

"Hurdy Gurdy Man," by Donovan, enters the U.S. singles chart, where it will reach #5. In Britain, it will reach #4.

1969

Donovan's Greatest Hits is released. It will reach #4 and remain on the charts for more than a year, making it his most popular album.

1969

Donovan's "Atlantis" enters the singles chart, where it will reach #7, becoming the singer's fourth Top 10 hit in the U.S.

1969

Donovan's "Goo Goo Barabajagal," recorded with the Jeff Beck Group, enters the singles chart. It will reach #36, becoming his 12th Top 40 hit.

1970

Open Road, a spirited "unplugged" album, is released. It will reach #16.

1970

Donovan marries Linda Lawrence, his longtime girlfriend and muse.

1973

"I Like You," from Cosmic Wheels, enters the singles chart, where it will reach #66. It is the singer's 17th Hot 100 single in the U.S.

1976

Slow Down World, by Donovan, enters the Top 200, where it will peak at #174. It will be the last recording by Donovan to make the U.S. charts.

1977

Donovan, the singer's self-titled 14th studio album, is released on Epic Records. It marks the end of an association with the label that began 11 years earlier.

1984

Donovan's Lady of the Stars-- produced by Jerry Wexler and featuring Graham Nash, Dave Mason and other guests-- is released on the Allegiance label. It is the fiorst Donovan album to appear in the U.S. since 1977, as neither Neutronica (1980) nor Love Is ONly Feeling (1983) were issued here.

1990

Donovan's Rising released on Permanent Records. One day later, Happy Mondays' Pills 'n' Thrills and Bellyaches, which includes "Donovan," a song of tribute to the singer/songwriter, is released, triggering a modest resurgence of interest in Donovan in the U.K.

1992

Donovan's Greatest Hits is certified platinum (1 million sold) by the RIAA.

1996

Sutras, produced by Rick Rubin fo rhis American label, is released.

2004

Beat Cafe, the artist's first CD in eight years ( not counting a children's CD issued in 2002) -- is released on Appleseed Records.

2005

Try for the Sun: The Journey of Donovan, a four-disc box set, is released on Epic/Legacy.

2007

The Autobiography of Donovan: The Hurdy Gurdy Man is published.

2012

Donovan is inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame at the 27th annual induction ceremony. John Mellencamp is his presenter.

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