Happy Birthday to singer-songwriter Donovan, who turned 67 yestyerday (May 10th)!!! Donovan, whose last name is Leitch, is best known for his string of '60s hits including "Mellow Yellow," "Hurdy Gurdy Man," "Jennifer Juniper," "Atlantis," "Catch The Wind," "Colours," "Riki Tiki Tavi," "Wear Your Love Like Heaven," and the 1966 Number One hit "Sunshine Superman." In 2012, former touring partner John Mellencamp inducted Donovan into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame. Earlier this week, Donovan announced that he'll release his latest studio set, called Shadows Of Blue, which was recorded in Nashville, on May 31st.
In 2009 Donovan made headlines when he joined old friends Paul McCartney and Ringo Starr at New York City's Change Begins Within concert benefiting the David Lynch Foundation and Transcendental Meditation education.
In 2008 he released the three-hour documentary spanning his life and career. The DVD called Sunshine Superman: The Journey Of Donovan -- which was seven years in the making -- features an additional two hours of bonus featurettes, including vintage concert and TV performances, a poetry recording session with his father, insights on his work in Transcendental Meditation, and even a short bio on his guitar maker.
With the release of the DVD, Donovan says that he's happy to finally document his early career as wandering beat songwriter in Britain: "When I came out of bohemia, it was actually bohemian ideas that invaded popular culture -- and good thing too. And on the wings of folk music, because in the folk clubs, the beat clubs, the art schools, that's where all the books were. And the girls with the books wore long dark hair, black mascara, pure white skin, pretty much (laughs) kinda goth, yeah! And they were the thinking girls y'know?"
Donovan also recently published The Autobiography Of Donovan: Hurdy Gurdy Man, which shed new light on his early life and his friendships with Bob Dylan, Joan Baez, and the Rolling Stones. The book also revealed Donovan's part in collaborating on several Beatles songs, including "Yellow Submarine" and "Rocky Raccoon."
Donovan also released the career-spanning box set Try For The Sun: The Journey Of Donovan, and appeared on stage with Beach Boys' Mike Love at a recent lecture on Transcendental Meditation.
Donovan is currently compiling two multi-disc box sets of outtakes from both his '60s and '70s albums for release sometime in the near future.
He's planning a massive world tour for the near future, and although it's not being billed as a "farewell" tour, it will mark the final time he hits many territories.
Donovan will next perform on May 15th in Madrid, Spain.