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On May 5, 1988, Folk-rock icon Donovan played a concert at the Lobero Theatre.

Donovan was at the forefront of Britain’s swinging 60’s flower power movement and inspired a generation of songwriters.

Donovan (born Donovan Philips Leitch, 10 May 1946) is a Scottish singer, songwriter and guitarist. He developed an eclectic and distinctive style that blended folk, rock, blues, jazz, pop, psychedelia, and world music (notably calypso music).

He became a friend and mentor to top pop musicians including Rolling Stones founder, Brian Jones, and the Beatles. He taught John Lennon a finger-picking guitar style in 1968 that Lennon employed on “Dear Prudence”, “Julia,” “Happiness Is a Warm Gun” and other songs. Donovan has been compared to Bob Dylan in his early days thanks to his and Dylan’s shared inspiration Woody Guthrie in their first albums.

“Donovan singlehandedly initiated the Psychedelic Revolution with Sunshine Superman.” – Rock and Roll Hall of Fame Induction Ceremony 2012

More than the creator of the first Psychedelic Album, “Sunshine Superman,” Donovan announced Flower Power for the first time and presented to the world the first popular fusions of Folk, Classical, Jazz, Indian, Gaelic, Arabic and Caribbean influences. He is also well-known for pioneering new production recording techniques in the studio, influencing many who followed in his musical footsteps.

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