Song of the Day: Donovan, “Sunshine Superman”

“Sunshine Superman” was released in the US on July 1966 on Epic Records. The lyrics and the timing made it an anthem for the summer and it reached the top of the Hot 100. In the UK, the song’s release on Epic was delayed because of a dispute between Epic and Pye Records, Donovan’s previous record label, on which the song had already been released; the Epic version was released in December of that year. It proved so popular that it became the title track for his third album. The flip side on both the Epic and Pye singles was “The Trip.” Jimmy Page and John Paul Jones, later of Led Zeppelin, play on the track.

19 thoughts on “Song of the Day: Donovan, “Sunshine Superman”

  1. I love this song which is so hippy. I remember Mellow Yellow and when he was in If It’s Tuesday, This Must Be Belgium. Whatever happened to him?

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  2. Hi John – this was a song I always enjoyed hearing … so good to hear it again. Another sunshine year at the moment … not sure about the superman bit! Take care – Hilary

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    1. Sunshine kills the coronavirus, and vitamin D (which you get from sunshine, among other places) helps prevent you getting sick from it. Public health officials know that, which is why they’ve been telling us to barricade ourselves in the house…

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    1. “Hero” might be going a little far for me, but I admired his ability to write great songs and enjoyed watching him sitting on the floor playing them.

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