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Sunshine Superman
Donovan
Donovan 1966 Sunshine Superman 45

Superman or Green Lantern ain't got a-nothin' on me
I can make like a turtle and dive for, your pearls in the sea

- Jimmy Page on guitar, John Paul Jones on bass -
1966
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Peak Chart Position
  • No. 1 on the Billboard Hot 100 chart in 1966
  • peaked at No. 2 on the UK Singles chart in 1966
  • the song was inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame
  • from Donovan's third album, Sunshine Superman (1966)
  • on the record:
         Donovan - vocals, acoustic guitar
         Jimmy Page - electric guitar
         Eric Ford - electric guitar
         John Paul Jones - bass
         John Cameron - harsichord
         Spike Healey - double bass
         Bobby Orr - drums
         Tony Carr - percussion
  • written by Donovan Leitch; the song was written about a love affair Donovan had with model Linda Lawrence in 1965 - Lawrence had just ended a relationship with Brian Jones, guitarist for the Rolling Stones - Donovan and Lawrence met again four years later and married in 1970
  • Donovan: "The song was talking about the bohemian world I came from that was happening quite strong, even before 1966, of art, literature, philosophy, music and poetry. ‘Sunshine' was a slang word for the then-legal LSD. Expanded consciousness came into it, and I intended to bring meaningful lyrics, tools of self-change and social commentary into pop songs. So ‘Sunshine Superman' is a love song for my muse, Linda Lawrence, but at the same time I was blending classics and Latin, folk music and poetry in one song."
  • produced by Mickie Most
  • arrangement by John Cameron
  • recorded at Abbey Road Studios, London
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