On March 21, 1965, Catch The Wind entered the UK chart at number 22, and peaked at number 4 three weeks later, staying in the Top 40 for nine weeks. It spent 10 weeks on the US chart and peaked at number 23. “I loved it, because I needed to communicate, I wanted to communicate, I intended it. It wasn’t just a stroke of luck singing in a bar and someone discovered me. I intended it, I wanted to do this,” says Donovan, of the song.

“I was brought up by a socialist father who said to make social change, artists and poets are needed. He bred me in artists and poets. I grew up with th is, I wanted to do this, it was intended, it wasn’t a mistake. I asked The Beatles, The Stones, Brian Jones and a lot of other artists; do you think this was a stroke of luck that it has happened? They said absolutely not. We focused, we studied, we learned all of the stuff and we did it, otherwise how can it be done unless you want to do it? And I did.”

On financial rewards from his art, he tells me: “Many times my Father used to say; ‘if only you had more of a head for money, you’d have kept a lot of that money and it wouldn’t be stolen from you.’ Well, after a while he said ‘if you had a head for money, you wouldn’t have been such a great songwriter, your attention would have been elsewhere.’

“I have always felt that it was a job, rather than a career, and the job is to serve society, like a public servant. But what I am giving is a means to release obscure emotions. So like a doctor, music is a healing act. My music has a very special effect on people. The Stones makes you dance, The Beatles makes you smile,


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