100 GREAT SONGS FROM THE BRITISH INVASION: SUNSHINE SUPERMAN- DONOVAN

How Donovan's 'Sunshine Superman' Made a Psychedelic Breakthrough

100 Great Songs From The British Invasion: 1963-1966: Sunshine Superman- Donovan. Donovan wrote this song while recovering from the break-up of a relationship with Linda Lawrence- who would later become his first wife. After coming up with the song his producer Mickie Most told him under no circumstances to play it for Paul McCartney- [Donovan was hanging out with The Beatles during this time] because Paul would take the idea. Donovan played it for him anyway. Originally the subtitle of Sunshine Superman was [For John and Paul.] Future Led Zeppelin members Jimmy Page and John Paul Jones both played on this song. Sunshine Superman would become Donovan’s only #1 hit single in the U.S. It peaked at #2 in the UK.

  • Single: Sunshine Superman- Donovan
  • Record Company-Epic
  • Genre: Psychedelic Rock
  • Written by Donovan Leitch
  • Time: 4:34
  • B-side:”The Trip’
  • Album- Sunshine Superman
  • Grade: A+
  • Peaked at #1 in US Billboard Hot 100. #2 in UK Singles Chart.

3 responses to “100 GREAT SONGS FROM THE BRITISH INVASION: SUNSHINE SUPERMAN- DONOVAN

  1. Donovan held the position of trippy Peter Pan for that short summery Haight-Ashbury moment of history. It’s surprising how his stuff has held up, because he dove so deep into those colourful counter culture waters. I guess when you embrace something so fully it seems less youthful folly than blind belief.

    • He’s still releasing stuff- I have no idea what his recent stuff would sound like… I give it to him for sticking with it. I wonder if he still tours? Its not like I’ve seen that he was performing in a local city- you figure there would be some old 60’s folks who would like to see him one more time.

  2. I agree, there are probably a few grey heads out there who would welcome him back for a roundelay. The last album I recall bothering to play was an early 70s one, ‘Cosmic Wheels’ and that seemed stuck in the previous era.

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