Sunday 21 January 2018

Reggae single for folk star Donovan

Donovan recorded his new reggae single on holiday in Jamaica
Donovan recorded his new reggae single on holiday in Jamaica

Legendary 1960s folk singer Donovan has taken a surprising new turn in his career - releasing a reggae single.

The 68-year-old songwriter, whose hits include hippy anthems Hurdy Gurdy Man and Mellow Yellow, recorded the song One English Summer in Jamaica.

He said: "I had written the song and my wife Linda and I were going to Jamaica, to celebrate my birthday.

"After we had landed, I was whisked off to the recording studio - where Linda had organised as a surprise birthday present - a recording session of One English Summer which we recorded in one take."

It is not the first time Donovan has re-invented himself - he was briefly involved in the Madchester scene when he supported The Happy Mondays who named a track after him on one of their albums.

The singer - real name Donovan Leitch - is celebrating half a century in the music business this year with a greatest hits album and a new tour, as well as the new single.

He was aged 18 when he scored his first hit with Catch The Wind.

Press Association

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