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  1. Donovan(ProperNoun)

    , from Ó Donndubháin "descendant of (a person named) brown + black".

  2. Donovan(ProperNoun)

    , transferred from the surname.


  1. Donovan

    Donovan is a Scottish singer, songwriter and guitarist. Initially labelled an imitator of Bob Dylan, he developed an eclectic and distinctive style that blended folk, jazz, pop, psychedelia, and world music. He has variously lived in Scotland, London, and California, and, since at least 2008, has lived in County Cork, Ireland with his family. Emerging from the British folk scene, Donovan shot to fame in the United Kingdom in early 1965 with a series of live performances on the pop TV series, Ready Steady Go!. Having initially signed with Pye Records in 1965, he recorded a handful of singles and two albums in the folk music vein, but after signing a new contract with U.S. CBS/Epic Records his popularity spread to other countries. After extricating himself from his original management contract, he began a long and successful collaboration with Mickie Most, one of the leading British independent record producers of the era, scoring a string of hits in the UK, the US, Australia and other countries. His most successful singles in the 1960s included the early UK hits "Catch the Wind", "Colours" and "The Universal Soldier" in 1965, while "Sunshine Superman" topped the US Billboard Hot 100 chart, and "Mellow Yellow" reached US #2 the following year, with "Hurdy Gurdy Man" reaching the Top 5 on both shores in 1968. He was the first artist to be signed to CBS/Epic Records by then-new Administrative Vice President Clive Davis. Donovan and Most collaborated on a series of hit albums and singles between 1965 and 1970. He became a friend of leading pop musicians including Joan Baez, Brian Jones, and The Beatles. He taught John Lennon a finger-picking guitar style in 1968. Donovan's commercial fortunes waned after parting with Most in 1969, and he left the industry for a time.

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  1. Chaldean Numerology

    The numerical value of Donovan in Chaldean Numerology is: 8

  2. Pythagorean Numerology

    The numerical value of Donovan in Pythagorean Numerology is: 4

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  1. Rudy Giuliani:

    Let's not lock'em up, let's elect Republican Rep. Dan Donovan, let's keep this seat Republican. Let's stop the possibility of a ridiculous impeachment.

  2. Liza Sueme:

    My husband wouldn't have been able to go on that trip without the gift Donovan Bulger gave Donovan Bulger, it's just all overwhelming to think this all happened.

  3. Savannah Roesch:

    Donovan Bulger was at my house almost three days a week and every Saturday with us, donovan Bulger and Jake were best friends and Donovan Bulger was like a brother to Donovan Bulger.

  4. Stephanie Maez:

    Donovan is my son and I love him very very much, my heart is aching today and I am waiting to see how this difficult situation develops. As we go forward, the love of my family and my faith in God will see us through.

  5. Chief Warrant Officer Mike Durant:

    When they brought some of the guys from the unit over, that was a very emotional moment because, first of all, I got to see these guys. But that's also where I found out that two of our very close friends, Donovan Riley and Cliff Walcott, had been killed, i knew my crew was gone, I had 11 days to kind of come to terms with that, but I didn't know two other very good friends were gone.

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