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Date: Mon, 28 Aug 1995 20:12:28 GMT
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Cathy Grossman ( wrote:

: Could someone give me a short bio on this Donovan guy? I have heard only a 
: very small selection of his songs...

Fairly popular folk singer, mid-60's to mid-70's.  Hippie, flower-child,
peace-love-get high kind of guy.  "Catch the Wind", "Sunshine Superman",
"Mellow Yellow", "Hurdy Gurdy Man" were some of his songs that made top 40
radio.  Is still around, I think living in Scotland, don't know if he 
is still performing.  I've heard it said on rmd that "Catch the Wind" 
was a rip-off of "Blowin in the Wind" but I never saw it that way.


From: Mark Landis (
Subject: Donovan in that hotel room
Date: Sun, 02 Mar 1997 01:39:03 -0800

"Great Scot!  It's Donovan Again" (NY Post, 2/28/97) includes a Lisa
Robinson interview with the aging New Dylan.  Here's the relevant

LR:  Do you ever watch that movie, "Don't Look Back," with the scene of
Bob Dylan watching you sing in the hotel room and then trying to outdo

Donovan:  I haven't seen it for some time now, but I remember what Joan
Baez said; she said, "That Donovan had a lot of spunk."  I needed to
meet Joan Baez, Pete Seeger and Woody Guthrie, and when I didn't meet
Woody Guthrie I had to meet Dylan.  When I went into that scene I was
already happening on the charts, but I think I pushed myself in probably
more than I was invited.  I was a young kid, a little bit scared to be
in the company of the greats, but I knew I was there for a reason. 
Dylan brought in a tough group of fast-talking people from the Big
Apple, and I guess they were all a little bit rude.  But I took it and
overcame it, and I was glad to be there.

    Maybe, like Lou Grant, Dylan hates spunk?


Unfortunately, Donovan's pre-electric, Dylan-influenced material is not available in the U.S.

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