Happy Birthday to singer-songwriter Donovan, who turns 71 today (May 10th)!!! Donovan, whose last name is Leitch, is best known for his string of 1960’s 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.” Out now is Donovan’s latest studio set, called Shadows Of Blue, which was recorded in Nashville. He’ll be back in North America for a continuation of his ongoing “Sunshine Superman” tour, which kicks off on June 1st at Englewood, New Jersey’s Bergen Performing Arts Center and winds down 10 days later at Madison, Wisconsin’s Overture Center.
In 2014 Donovan was inducted into the Songwriter’s Hall of Fame. In 2012, former touring partner John Mellencamp inducted him into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame.
Back 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. Donovan reflected on his trip to Rishikesh with the Beatles in early 1968: “Transcendental Meditation naturally unfolds any student’s full potential. 41 years ago (laughs) — or was it last year, boys? We traveled to India (laughs) to see if was true what we’d only read about in the books that meditation is the real way to be fulfilled. We found it to be true and we sang out the good news in our songs. It’s really simple; (Laughs) Change begins within.”
June 1 – Englewood, NJ – Bergen Performing Arts Center
June 2 – Tarrytown, NN – The Tarrytown Music Hall
June 3 – New London, CT – Garde Arts Center
June 4 – Wilkes-Barre, PA – The F.M. Kirby Center for the Performing Arts
June 6 – New York, NY – The Cutting Room
June 8 – Milwaukee, WI – The Pabst Theater
June 9 – Aurora, IL – The Paramount Theatre
June 10 – Davenport, IA – Adler Theatre
June 11 – Madison, WI – Overture Center
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