Thursday, June 1, 2017, 8:00 PM
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To commemorate the 50th anniversary of his #1 hit “Sunshine Superman,” Donovan has announced a U.S. tour that includes a rare performance at the Bergen Performing Arts Center in Englewood, NJ. The single “Sunshine Superman” rose to the #1 spot on the Billboard Hot 100 chart on September 3, 1966.
After a breakthrough and historic period of hit recordings, Donovan actively and consistently performed live, and today remains a towering icon of rock’s golden age. He played with and influenced generations of music’s greats while releasing a canon of music that changed the world.
Donovan met and traded songs with Bob Dylan during Dylan’s 1965 U.K. tour and, as an influence on the Beatles, was at Abbey Road Studios for the final recording session for “A Day in the Life,” the last song on Sgt. Pepper’s Lonely Hearts Club Band. Then, while on a trip with the Beatles to see the Maharishi, he taught John, Paul and George to fingerpick, which gave us Blackbird, Julia and Dear Prudence among other songs on the White Album. For a time, his sidemen were John Paul Jones and Jimmy Page (with John Bonham occasionally coming by), a pairing that would lead to great things, to say the least.
It was said at his 2012 Rock ‘N Roll Hall of Fame induction that, at age 16, “Donovan singlehandedly initiated the psychedelic revolution with (the album) Sunshine Superman.” The recording announced “flower power” for the first time. It has also been said that Donovan is “chiefly responsible for introducing meditation and Eastern philosophy into modern lifestyle and songwriting.” Now, 50 years after his historic debut there, he will return to Carnegie Hall in New York City, putting our musical history and the genesis of a vast music culture once again before our eyes.
There are dozens more, but his best loved songs include “Catch The Wind,” “Sunshine Superman,” “Season of the Witch,” “Lalena,” “Hurdy Gurdy Man,” “Atlantis,” “Wear Your Love Like Heaven,” “Epistle to Dippy,” “There Is A Mountain,” “Jennifer Juniper,” “Barabajagal,” “To Susan on the West Coast Waiting,” and “Happiness Runs.