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The British Bob Dylan

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The British Bob Dylan

In 1965 a song came on the radio by someone the deejays called “The British Bob Dylan”. The song was “Catch The Wind” by newcomer Donovan. The song had a definite Dylan feel, as a matter of fact it sort of sounded like Dylan’s “Chimes of Freedom”. Donovan eventually confessed the influence. Meanwhile though, the song climbed to #23 on the Hot 100 and was the first big hit for Donovan.  He had two more folk song hits with Colours and Universal Soldier, but his biggest hits came when electric guitar and a full band became a regular part of his music.  But Catch The Wind was Donovan’s first hit, and helped establish him as a rock icon.  He still performs today, although his first hit is a forgotten oldie.

 

Picture of record sleeve by Pye Records

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