Category: donovan

rush-hour-blues:

Donovan

Donovan with the Gibson J-45 guitar used to compose classics including “Mellow Yellow” and “Sunshine Superman”, my edit of original via gibson.com and Sydney Randolph Maurer/Donovan Archive

maccasmccartney:

Paul McCartney and Donovan, Scotland.

Bob Dylan with his dukes up, with Donovan, and Mary Travers (of Peter, Paul & Mary) behind him.

Donovan with the Gibson J-45 guitar used to compose classics including “Mellow Yellow” and “Sunshine Superman”, my edit of original via gibson.com and Sydney Randolph Maurer/Donovan Archive

Donovan with the Gibson J-45 guitar used to compose classics including “Mellow Yellow” and “Sunshine Superman”, courtesy Sydney Randolph Maurer/Donovan Archive.

Donovan, Sunshine Superman

Donovan and Alice Cooper, working on the track “Billion Dollar Babies,” 1972.

Donovan tells the tale. I was making Cosmic Wheels with Mickie Most at Morgan Studios in 1972. Alice Cooper was downstairs making an album; I didn’t know who he was. Word came up that a band was downstairs and that they would love to meet me. 

Alice introduced himself and he played me the track, and it had this huge sound to it. Alice said, “Would you like to try a vocal?” I thought he meant a background vocal. I said, “It is very hard to climb on top of those guitars. I am going to have to do a falsetto.” Alice told me to have a go at it. I went in and sang this piercing falsetto and sang, “Biiillllion dollllar babbbbieeeees.” Alice said, “That’s it man, let’s record.” I think I did about half the vocals on that song.

The rest of the interview here.

Donovan with the Gibson J-45 guitar used to compose classics including “Mellow Yellow” and “Sunshine Superman”, courtesy Sydney Randolph Maurer/Donovan Archive.

those-eyes-that-mouth:

Rock stars with their parents from Life magazine, 1971.
Frank Zappa, Grace Slick, Donovan, the Jackson 5, Eric Clapton, David Crosby, Elton John, Ginger Baker and Joe Cocker. Photos by John Olson.