“Singing about a subject in 1959 could put you in jail. Singing about that subject now, people will start yawning, saying I have heard it all before.”
Even at 18, when he wrote Catch The Wind, Donovan had a game plan. “It was about getting on television. When TV came along it was a natural for me. The first success wasn’t the release of a single; it was three weeks on a television show.
Live on Ready, Steady, Go, a television show where everybody else is miming.
“But I couldn’t mime because I didn’t have a record. So it’s odd, because it was not a record’s success that started me, it was me in front of a camera to millions of people on a Friday night. Three Friday nights. They let me go for the fourth week, but their mail bag was so huge, they were forced to put me back on television. That’s when we released the single.”