100 Great Songs From The British Invasion: 1963-1966. Catch The Wind – Donovan. Donovan- born Donovan Leitch in 1946 in Glasgow, Scotland- singer-songwriter-guitarist-whose music was a blend of folk, psychedelic rock, pop and world music had 11 Top 40 hits in both the US and the UK. Donovan was certainly an artist of the 60’s- his hits ended at the end of the decade and while he has remained active over the years [he released a new album in 2021] he is an artist who in most minds- is stuck in the 60’s- a 1960’s hippy. In the mid to late 60’s he seemed to be everywhere- friends with Joan Baez, Brian Jones of The Rolling Stones- and of course The Beatles. Donovan was with The Beatles in India on the trip to meditate with the Maharishi- where he taught John Lennon how to finger pick the guitar- which John used on songs like ‘Julia’ and ‘Dear Prudence.’ Donovan was inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame in 2012. Donovan’s first hit in both the US and UK- was this song ‘Catch The Wind.’
Single: ‘Catch The Wind’- Donovan/ Written by Donovan/ Record Company-Hickory/ Time: 2:21/ Produced by Terry Kennedy, Peter Eden and Geoff Stephens/ Recorded March 1965/ Released May 1965 US- March 12, 1965 UK/ Peaked at #23 in US Billboard Hot 100, #4 in UK Singles Chart. Donovan was only eighteen when he recorded it. All his hits came when he was under the age of twenty-five.
His fey/folk/hippy-lite style didn’t translate well past the 60s. Sounds harsh, but I really like a lot of his stuff! ‘Colours, Atlantis, To Susan On The West Coast.’ Then, by ‘Cosmic Wheels’ his style was passe. I’m sorry, there is nothing at all spiritual or uplifting about a song called ‘The Intergalactic Laxative.’
Blues Project did a very nice version of this a couple of years after the original….
A very underrated artist. The trip with the Beatles to Maharishi land didn’t do much for his career. Hurdy Gurdy Man is a trip to listen to. A lot of the hippie style folk music didn’t make it past 1970, but his seems to carry on to this day. Wonder if he still plays a bit?
very chilled track