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May 10, 1946
Artistfacts for Donovan
His full name is Donovan Philip Leitch. With poetic lyrics dealing with social and political issues, he is considered one of the first folk-rock artists.
He is the father of actress Ione Skye. He has another daughter named Astrella Celeste, who is also a singer/songwriter and often performs with her dad. (thanks, Bertrand - Paris, France, for above 2)
When he became popular in America, he was tagged "The British Dylan."
Donovan grew up in Scotland. His family moved to England when he was 10.
Popular Irish folk singer Christie Moore started his career by supporting Donovan on some of his 1970s tours. Also, Donovan's daughter Oriole Leitch married and bore the child of Happy Mondays/Black Grape singer Shaun Ryder, a notorious drug addict whom she met when older sister Astrella was living with Ryder's brother and bandmate, Paul. (thanks, Dan - Auckland, New Zealand)
Donovan contacted polio as a child. He recalled to Mojo magazine in 2015: "I didn't know that I was different. But I do remember a device that was put on the leg. They cut the Achilles tendon so the foot didn't become a clubfoot. My father kept me with the swimming, and the swimming is what helped. I don't remember having polio as a kid, but maybe it withdrew me from the usual upbringing of kids in Glasgow. I was left on my own a lot."
He tries to get his songs in as many movies, TV shows and commercials as possible. In his Songfacts interview
, he said: "I've got more songs in commercials, series, and movies than I believe any other songwriter. I consider it really the new 'super radio.' Commercials are super radio, and I attract a lot of attention from music supervisors who wish to use my music, especially in the film world."