Donovan has reason to celebrate and so do we...
The iconic singer/songwriter stopped in at San Francisco's Regency Ballroom on October 12, 2016, for his intimate 50th Anniversary of Sunshine Superman tour.
Released in 1966, Sunshine Superman has been lauded as one of the first psychedelic records, as well as an example of integrating world music into pop-radio tunes long before it became common practice. In addition, Donovan has been admired by guitar players and songwriters for decades, thanks to his cagey acoustic riffs, buoyant grooves, and vibe galore. To get more of the story, click here.
At the Regency, Donovan — armed with his stunning-sounding, Danny Farrington-crafted “Kelly”guitar, a vintage Roland JC-120 Jazz Chorus amp, and a voice that cannot be duplicated (check out the video below to see how he emulates a Leslie speaker with just his vocal cords) — weaved songs and stories together to create a magical view of the 1960s musical world.
The grand storyteller took the audience into the studio with producer/hitmaker Mickie Most, into his living room while writing a song when Paul McCartney rings the doorbell, offering a lyric to the Beatles for "Yellow Submarine" ("Sky of blue/Sea of green"), his eternal love for "sunshine supergirl" Linda Lawrence, and more. The man was so engaging that the audience often didn't know if it wanted another story or another song!
As his proud papa once told him, "A lot of people do what you do—play guitar and sing—but when you get up there, it becomes something special."
And that’s what Donovan is still doing—bringing us something special.
"Hurdy Gurdy Man"
The Full Set List
Catch the Wind
The Little Tin Soldier
Dona Dona (also known as Donna Donna)
First There Is a Mountain
Wear Your Love Like Heaven
Hurdy Gurdy Man
Young Girl Blues (with special guest, Louise Goffin)
The Fat Angel
Try For the Sun