promo photos sent to AA Bonici, Elgin, Scotland 1965

Donovan who suffered from polio as a child, grew up in Glasgow until age 10 when his parents went south in the north of England






In 1965 Donovan was homeless briefly until he replaced his manager who got him enough gigs and a recording contract.  Details: Born 10 May 1946, Maryhill, Glasgow, Scotland. Folk Singer; Early career [1965] Appearances: In 1965 “several talent scouts heard some of Donovan’s music, and signed him to perform on the rock program Ready Stead Go.”https://books.google.co.uk/books?id=jUfiMkBSMrAC&pg=PA139&dq=donovan+leitch+scotland+1965&hl=en&sa=X&ved=0ahUKEwj13uHWqNjTAhWLLsAKHWJhBDgQ6AEIJjAB#v=onepage&q=donovan%20leitch%20scotland%201965&f=false He also appeared at the NME Poll Winners Concert, Wembley, 1965; and the Newport Folk Festival with Bob Dylan later than year. His first single recording was “Catch The Wind” followed by “Colours” and “Universal Soldier” 1965. Catch the Wind: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=J8hjEYTpwE8 Colours: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=GX3AnhefltM Universal Soldier: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=A50lVLtSQik

Donovan went on to gain a large following in the UK before his popularity grew in the United States. Before he hit the big time, Donovan befriended the Rolling Stones guitarist Brian Jones, whose friendship “change my whole life” according to Donovan. He described Brian as an extraordinary talent whose “superfame was too much for him”.


http://www.biography.com/people/donovan-20868813#synopsis Songs: http://scotiafile.blogspot.co.uk/2016/05/donovan-leitch.html

currently: http://www.heraldscotland.com/arts_ents/13214856.Donovan_is_back___and_he_owes_it_all_to_Glasgow_women/


In the early 1950s, Albert Bonici began promoting dances though it had been an ambition since his teenage years. When he and Henry Robertson co-organized a string of jazz dances in the north Scotland, they could not have predicted the enormous success of the venture. Albert Bonici became one of the most respected promoters in the UK having arranged a high volumn of music venues throughout the north of Scotland which delighted music lovers during the height of the jazz and beat music era. Whilst known for booking the Beatles at the beginning of their 1963 tours, Albert Bonici brought most of the top British acts to north-east Scotland besides working with Scottish musicians to boost their careers. SCOTBEAT was created to share a bit of history about the BEAT years in Scotland and also a tribute to a man with a vision who, with the help of his family and staff, created a happening that is still fondly remembered by those who attended dances and concerts. Albert A Bonici hosted many up and coming bands who went on to gain international acclaim for their contributions. Besides other local resources and interviews, SCOTBEAT presents exclusive photos, adverts, and documents from the A Bonici Archives [circa 1960s]. Unless otherwise agreed, materials are not to be used for financial gain and ask that you respect the terms below. Materials presented are not to be used for financial gain without consent. © 2014-2019 SCOTBEAT.wordpress.com. All rights reserved. No part of this web site may be copied, redistributed, broadcast or published in any form without crediting this blog and/or copyright websites mentioned. All correspondence, flyers, programs, and photos from the Bonici Archives are not to appear in print other than through the propietor of SCOTBEAT. Use of the site signifies your agreement to all of these terms without condition. Please reference https://scotbeat.wordpress.com when sharing materials found here as the site is continuously updated to present the subject matter accurately and as a historical resource. Thank you.

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