“It’s cliché to say, but nothing really means anything in the end unless you’re really doing what you want to do.” – Donovan, Scottish, composer, singer, songwriter, musician, guitarist
His most successful singles in the 1960s included the early UK hits “Catch the Wind“, “Colours” and “The Universal Soldier” in 1965, while “Sunshine Superman” topped the US Billboard Hot 100 chart (reached number two in Britain), and “Mellow Yellow” reached US number two the following year, with “Hurdy Gurdy Man” reaching the Top 5 on both shores in 1968. He was the first artist to be signed to CBS/Epic Records by then-new Administrative Vice-President Clive Davis.
Donovan and Most collaborated on a series of hit albums and singles between 1965 and 1970. He became a friend of leading pop musicians including Joan Baez, Brian Jones, and The Beatles. He taught John Lennon a finger-picking guitar style in 1968. ( see John Lennon on Art of Quotation )
Donovan’s commercial fortunes waned after parting with Most in 1969, and he left the industry for a time.