Donovan  British Singer


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Donovan and Linda Lawrence
Linda Lawrence and Donovan have been married for 47 years since 2nd Oct 1970. view relationship


Donovan has been in relationships with Jenny Boyd (1967 - 1968), Enid Karl and Dana Gillespie.


Donovan is a 71 year old British Singer. Born Donovan Phillips Leitch on 10th May, 1946 in Maryhill, Scotland, he is famous for Mello Yello in a career that spans 1964–present. His zodiac sign is Taurus.

Donovan is a member of the following lists: 20th-century Scottish musicians, 21st-century British singers and 20th-century British singers.


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Relationship Statistics

Married1 53 years - -
Dating3 1 year 4 months, 1 day -
Total4 53 years 13 years, 6 months 1 year


First Name Donovan
Middle Name Phillips
Last Name Leitch
Full Name at Birth Donovan Phillips Leitch
Alternative Name Donovan Phillips Leitch, Donovan
Age 71 years
Birthday 10th May, 1946
Birthplace Maryhill, Scotland
Height 5' 10" (178 cm)
Build Slim
Hair Color Salt and Pepper
Zodiac Sign Taurus
Sexuality Straight
Ethnicity White
Nationality British
Occupation Text Soundtrack | Composer | Actor
Occupation Singer
Claim to Fame Mello Yello
Music Genre (Text) Folk rock, Psychedelic Folk, Psychedelic Pop, Psychedelic Rock
Music Genre Pop/Rock
Year(s) Active 1965–present, 1964–present
Music Style British Invasion, Folk-Rock, Psychedelic Pop, British Psychedelia, Psychedelic, Folk, Singer/Songwriter, British Folk
Music Mood Trippy, Delicate, Dreamy, Pastoral, Carefree, Whimsical, Bittersweet, Wistful, Eccentric, Sprawling, Earnest, Literate, Amiable/Good-Natured, Laid-Back/Mellow, Autumnal, Springlike, Gentle, Plaintive, Ethereal, Innocent, Summery
Instrument Vocals, Harmonica, Guitar
Instrument (text) Vocals, Harmonica, Guitar, Piano, Banjo, Guitar, Harmonica, Piano, Banjo
Record Label Pye Records (UK), Hickory Records (US), Epic Records
Family Member Donovan Leitch (son) (actor), Ione Skye (daughter) (actress)

==Donovan Philips Leitch== (born 10 May 1946), known as Donovan, is a Scottish-born singer, songwriter and guitarist. He developed an eclectic and distinctive style that blended folk, jazz, pop, psychedelia, and world music (notably calypso). He has lived in Scotland, Hertfordshire (England), London and California, and, since at least 2008, in County Cork, Ireland, with his family. Emerging from the British folk scene, Donovan reached fame in the United Kingdom in early 1965 with live performances on the pop TV series Ready Steady Go!.
===Having signed with Pye Records=== in 1965, he recorded singles and two albums in the folk vein, after which he signed to CBS/Epic Records in the US - the first signing by the company's new vice-president Clive Davis - and became more successful internationally. He began a long and successful collaboration with leading British independent record producer Mickie Most, scoring multiple hit singles and albums in the UK, US, and other countries.
===His most successful singles=== were the early UK hits "Catch the Wind", "Colours" and "Universal Soldier" in 1965. In September 1966 "Sunshine Superman" topped America's Billboard Hot 100 chart for one week and went to number two in Britain, followed by "Mellow Yellow" at US No.2 in December 1966, then 1968's "Hurdy Gurdy Man" in the Top 5 in both countries, then "Atlantis", which reached US No.7 in May 1969.
He became a friend of pop musicians including Joan Baez, Brian Jones and The Beatles. He taught John Lennon a finger-picking guitar style in 1968 that Lennon employed in "Dear Prudence," "Julia," "Happiness Is a Warm Gun" and other songs. Donovan's commercial fortunes waned after parting with Most in 1969, and he left the industry for a time.
Donovan continued to perform and record sporadically in the 1970s and 1980s. His musical style and hippie image were scorned by critics, especially after punk rock. His performing and recording became sporadic until a revival in the 1990s with the emergence of Britain's rave scene. He recorded the 1996 album Sutras with producer Rick Rubin and in 2004 made a new album, Beat Cafe. Donovan was inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame in 2012 and the Songwriters Hall of Fame in 2014.
===Donovan had a relationship=== with American model Enid Karl, and they had two children, actor-musician Donovan Leitch in 1967 and actress Ione Skye in 1970.
===Donovan married Linda Lawrence=== in October 1970. They have two children together, Astrella and Oriole.
===He is also the stepfather=== of Brian Jones and Linda Lawrence's son, Julian Brian (Jones) Leitch. Jones' biographer Paul Trynka writes, "Unsurprisingly, Julian has found the burden of being Brian's son heavy to bear, despite being brought up with obvious love and sensitivity by his adopted father Donovan Leitch."
===In November 2003,=== Donovan was awarded an honorary degree of Doctor of Letters from the University of Hertfordshire. He was nominated by Sara Loveridge (who was a student at the University and had interviewed and reviewed Donovan for the university paper in 2001–2002), Andrew Morris, Sara's partner and Donovan researcher/writer and co-nominated by Mac MacLeod.
===On 14 April 2012=== Donovan was inducted in the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame.

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Donovan71 TaurusSinger
Jenny Boyd70 ScorpioModel
Linda Lawrence71Actress
Dana Gillespie69 AriesSinger
Enid Karl-Model


NameGenderBornAgeOther Parent
Oriole NebulaFemaleLinda Lawrence
Astrella CelesteFemale21st October, 197146 years oldLinda Lawrence


Futurama1999DonovanTV Show
Sgt. Pepper's Lonely Hearts Club Band1978Our Guests at HeartlandMovie
The John Denver Show1973TV Show
The Pied Piper1972PiperMovie
If It's Tuesday, This Must Be Belgium1969Singer in Youth HostelMovie


Posted commentsView all comments (2)

StanJul 27, 2014

What a guy , he certainly has written a lot of Awesome music , His Scottish roots sure gave him lots of feeling too his music!

SallyDec 5, 2013

His claim to fame is not I'm Just Mad About Saffron, this is just a line from the song Mellow Yellow.

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