Sunshine Superman, Carnegie Hall, Jimmy Kimmel, John Lennon and Sappho

by Chris Murray on September 20, 2016

If you haven’t had a chance to see Donovan’s beautiful Sapphograph exhibition at Harvard University’s Center for Hellenic Studies in Washington, you still have time to do so. The exhibition’s last day is on Friday, October 21st. A wonderful overview of Donovan’s remarkable works on paper, including the 12-foot long “Sappho’s Song,” was written by Mark Jenkins in the Washington Post.

Donovan in concert.  © Stefan Hoederath/Redferns

Donovan in concert.
© Stefan Hoederath/Redferns

Last week it was my great pleasure to assist Donovan at his sold-out concert at Carnegie Hall in New York City commemorating the 50th anniversary of his No. 1 hit, “Sunshine Superman.” The concert also featured a guest appearance from singer-songwriter Louise Goffin, who performed a delightful duet with Donovan singing Love Potion No. 9, along with one of Louise’s own songs. Musician, composer, arranger and producer extraordinaire Richard Barone also joined Donovan onstage for a few songs, as well as the original percussionist on the Sunshine Superman recording, John ‘Candy’ Carr. Billboard magazine described the concert as “An evening that felt as much like a concert as it did a shared experience.” It meant a lot to me to be with Donovan at Carnegie Hall, as I saw my first live performance ever at a Ray Charles afternoon concert in 1963 at the legendary music hall.

Donovan recently appeared on Jimmy Kimmel Live, backed by Jimmy’s band Cleto and the Cletones. Donovan returns to New York to be honored as only the third person to receive the John Lennon Real Love Award at the 36th Annual John Lennon Real Love Tribute Concert on December 2nd at Symphony Space in New York City.

Donovan’s Sapphographs are available through Govinda Gallery.

Donovan 1

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