10 Jun 2015

Marty Duda's artist of the week: Donovan

From Nine To Noon, 11:06 am on 10 June 2015

Donovan is celebrating his 50th year as a recording artist with the release of a double-disc retrospective featuring the best of his 1960s recordings. The Scots/Irish musician first hit in 1965 with Catch The Wind, a charming slice of Dylan-esque folk music that initially made Donovan just one of many "next Dylans". Bob himself, wasn't impressed as their meeting captured on the film Don't Look Back, revealed. But Donovan moved on, helping to usher in the psychedelic era with his mind-bending hit single, Sunshine Superman in 1966. Later he took The Beatles to India to meet Maharishi Yogi and taught John, Paul and George some finger-picking along the way. The hits dried up with the end of the decade but Donovan carries on. He was inducted into the Rock & Roll Hall of Fame in 2012 and sets out on his 50th Anniversary Tour later this year.