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Donovan - Hurdy Gurdy Man (1968) HQ

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MONSTER psychedelic hit time! At least I think so. Most psychedelic bands began as folk rock groups (just ask Marty Balin of Jefferson Airplane who said so in an interview). Even Sean Bonniwell of garage/psychedelic rock band Music Machine began as a folk singer. For that matter, so did Blondie vocalist Deborah Harry. Add a little fuzz guitar and some feedback, amp up the vocals and -- voila! -- folk rock suddenly is transformed into psychedelic rock. Mr. Balin, by the way, cited the Kingston Trio as an early influence. For that matter Arthur Lee of Love decided quite intentionally to take psychedelic music back to its folk music roots on his third LP, Forever Changes. I have always LOVED folk music, especially the Kingston Trio, but also Peter, Paul, and Mary, Bob Dylan, Simon & Garfunkel, and this iconic 60's performer and songwriter, Donovan. Donovan, perhaps, is the most radical example of someone who went from folk to psychedelic rock in practically no time at all. He's the proof in the pudding of psychedelic's folk and folk rock beginnings. And his was a success story. Enter this GIANT psychedelic classic from 1968: "Hurdy Gurdy Man." This is one of those hits that actually came to personify psychedelic music and the era. It is one heavy tune. It is one of many reasons I think 1968 was a bigger year than "the Summer of Love" year, 1967. Of course, some of the major music of 1968 was recorded in 1967, so let's keep that in mind too. Some famous musicians played on this song, but I will quote from Wikipedia now because there appears to be some disagreements as to who: "In the booklet that came with Donovan's 1992 double CD, Troubadour: The Definitive Collection 1964–1976, Allan Holdsworth and Jimmy Page are listed as the electric guitar players and John Bonham and Clem Cattini (spelled as "Clem Clatini") as drummers on the recording. However, according to John Paul Jones, who arranged and played bass on the track (and also booked the session musicians), Clem Cattini played the drums and Alan Parker played the electric guitar. This line-up was confirmed by Cattini. In Donovan's autobiography, he credits Cattini (spelled as "Catini") and Bonham for the drums. On Jimmy Page's website, he lists this song as one on which he plays. Donovan said that Page was the guitarist in Hannes Rossacher's 2008 documentary Sunshine Superman: The Journey of Donovan, where he also asserted that the song ushered in the Celtic rock sound which would lead to Page, Jones, and Bonham forming Led Zeppelin soon afterwards. In Donovan's autobiography, he credited both Page and "Allen Hollsworth" as the "guitar wizards" for the song. However, he also says that "Hollsworth" had played with Blue Mink, which was a band that Alan Parker had played in. In the autobiography, Donovan said that perhaps this session inspired the creation of Led Zeppelin." "Hurdy Gurdy Man" was recorded April 3, 1968, and was released in May 1968 (UK) and June 1968 (US) as a single. It reached #4 in the UK, and peaked at #3 on the US chart Cash Box (#5 on the Billboard Hot 100) on August 10, 1968.
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Julio Batista (1 month ago)
Q raridade ...uma Mulher bonita e gostosa natural..
Tony Ezar (2 months ago)
Fuck I love this sooooooooo mf much! Thanks again and aloha ❤️
Johnny Ringo (4 months ago)
Didn't need to think back then, just do it
Johnny Ringo (4 months ago)
Sweet, that's when we knew how to party
davidson2004fatboy (6 months ago)
Jonathan Vernot (8 months ago)
My first reaction to grunge was, folk music performed at top volume.
zorba nongreco (10 months ago)
super dooper man!!! cheers😀🐂💨💨
MUNROWS RETRO (10 months ago)
Thanks zorba!
Cheeky Monkees (10 months ago)
WOODSTOCK! I don’t remember if Donovan was there and played. He was certainly around at that time. Great video!
Lauren Ha Ha Rock On! (2 months ago)
Cheeky Monkees Very Great Video! Excellent for this song!
Cheeky Monkees (10 months ago)
MUNROWS RETRO I hope it stays up too. I can assure you, many in the States are getting tired of YT’s constant “tinkering” with channel owner’s content, sub and view counts, video deletions or worse. The people that publish political content have been severely targeted. Many are attempting to develop content elsewhere on the web and start an exodus from YT to some fairer platform. What that will be remains to be seen but something needs to change. YT is starting to act like the “thought police” with their censorship and it’s not appreciated by their users. Sorry, I ENJOY complaining about YT . You have a great channel. I’m your newest subscriber!
MUNROWS RETRO (10 months ago)
Thanks Cheeky! Hope it stays up.. lately a lot of videos I did a year, two years, three years, four years, even five years ago have been getting blocked in the US or blocked worldwide. Good ones too and even some popular ones with half a million views or 750,000 views in some cases. It destroys one's incentive to make more videos to some degree... I don't sweat over these videos so that they can be taken down or blocked a week, a month, or a year or three later.
zorba nongreco (11 months ago)
rolly Polly he sang... ☀️all-star session guys backing him on this masterpiece!🌟 🐂💨💨💨💨
Jerry Garcia (11 months ago)
Just love this video Munrow !!!
MUNROWS RETRO (11 months ago)
Thanks Jerry! Glad you're checking out the channel archives vault!
Jerry Garcia (1 year ago)
Awesome video brother !
Jerry Garcia (1 year ago)
I'm going to share your videos on my page .
MUNROWS RETRO (1 year ago)
Thanks Jerry!
Robert Austin (1 year ago)
I think you mean Sean Bonniwell of the Music Machine.
MUNROWS RETRO (1 year ago)
Yes, thanks ... I've put that other last name in before on other video notes for some crazy reason, but always caught my mistake in time. Guess I didn't on this one. Correction now made, almost two years late.
Eugenia&Robert (1 year ago)
MUNROWS RETRO (1 year ago)
Thanks Eugenia!
Neil Ladd (1 year ago)
Good music then.Good video.
Neil Ladd (1 year ago)
Good music. Thanks
MUNROWS RETRO (1 year ago)
Thanks Neil!
mike maurer (1 year ago)
The Hurdy Gurdy Man was the Maharishi/Guru of the Beatles+Donovan(1968)...its all about LOVE + opening up to the TRUTH that were all the same..Spiritual beings, ever evolving in this intense school house called EARTH...enjoy the Journey...its all about TRANSFORMATION..thats what were HERE for! NAMASTE"
Tommy H (1 year ago)
love this song, haven't herd it in a long time, almost forgotten it, thanks
MUNROWS RETRO (1 year ago)
You're welcome Tommy!
Come on people, listen to the music. What you have here is basically Led Zeppelin ( minus Robert Plant ) and Donovan on vocals!
William Royalty (1 year ago)
To me, it was very early Metal. I love it. One of my favorite songs. Jimmy Page on guitar in his session days.👊🤘✌✌✌✌✌
Tuesday McButter (1 year ago)
Yes, the visuals are perfect
Tuesday McButter (1 year ago)
lol! My fav so far is Burdon, when I was young.
MUNROWS RETRO (1 year ago)
Thank you Tuesday! (and Wednesday, and Thursday, and Friday, and ..)
I love this song and LSD experiences
michael standrews (1 year ago)
My spirit song personified
Witold W. Banasik (1 year ago)
Brilliant masterpiece !
tamra nelson (1 year ago)
singing songs of love like rainbow brite...
David Cunningham (1 year ago)
I feel '68 was more going back to the rock n roll roots, Beggers Banquet, white album. Any band left in the psychedelic era still was lagging behind. But this song gets a pass:)
David Cunningham (1 year ago)
For that matter Arthur Lee of Love decided quite intentionally to take psychedelic music back to its folk music roots on his third LP, Forever Changes I completley disagree
JOE Holan (1 year ago)
The "Zodiac Killer" brought me here. A hypnotic tune if there ever was one.
THAduude (1 year ago)
Zodiac movie anyone?
Moonage Daydream (1 year ago)
You hear so much boomer bashing nowadays. And then you see and listen to something like this music and footage used for the video. And you realize how utterly stylish, revolutionary, creative and fresh and NEW all that stuff from the Sixties was. Heck, it looks brand NEW today, 50 years later. Those people were geniuses. There is nothing comparable going on in our time.
andrew james Bunting (1 year ago)
Thrown like a star in my vast sleep I opened my eyes to take a peek To find that I was by the sea Gazing with tranquility 'Twas then when the Hurdy Gurdy Man Came singing songs of love Then when the Hurdy Gurdy Man Came singing songs of love "Hurdy gurdy, hurdy gurdy, hurdy gurdy gurdy" he sang "Hurdy gurdy, hurdy gurdy, hurdy gurdy gurdy" he sang "Hurdy gurdy, hurdy gurdy, hurdy gurdy gurdy" he sang Histories of ages past Unenlightened shadows cast Down through all eternity The crying of humanity 'Tis then when the Hurdy Gurdy Man Comes singing songs of love Then when the Hurdy Gurdy Man Comes singing songs of love "Hurdy gurdy, hurdy gurdy, hurdy gurdy gurdy" he sang "Hurdy gurdy, hurdy gurdy, hurdy gurdy, hurdy gurdy, hurdy gurd Hurdy gurdy, hurdy gurdy, hurdy gurdy gurdy" he sang "Hurdy gurdy, hurdy gurdy, hurdy gurdy gurdy" he sang Here comes the Roly Poly Man He's singing songs of love "Roly poly, roly poly, holy poly poly" he sang "Hurdy gurdy, hurdy gurdy, hurdy gurdy gurdy" he sang "Hurdy gurdy, hurdy gurdy, hurdy gurdy gurdy" he sang
Fidneus Diller (1 year ago)
Using this song as filler and the ending during the movie Zodiac was brilliant. Very eerie song mainly because nobody knew who the Hurdy Gurdy man was either, could have been anybody.
Tom Minogue Hastings (1 year ago)
this rules
Luke the Duke (1 year ago)
HAUNTING... Beautiful.
Sunshine Peterman (1 year ago)
Peter M (1 year ago)
whats the clip out of at 1:52
Peter M (1 year ago)
thanks for letting me know by the way i like your channel its excellent
MUNROWS RETRO (1 year ago)
Followed immediately by "The Distant Drummer: A Movable Scene" (1970) ... the first in a series of four documentaries. The time of the clip you gave was the last few seconds of San Francisco and overlaps into the next short film, so not sure which one you wanted.
MUNROWS RETRO (1 year ago)
"San Francisco" (1968), a pioneering impressionistic documentary film directed by Anthony Stern.
Jose Maria (1 year ago)
donovan; psicodelismo de 1a.ouvi muito no radio quando era criança..maravilha. valeu brother.
MUNROWS RETRO (1 year ago)
Sempre amei a música de Donovan! Muito obrigado!
pmc1632 (1 year ago)
love it!
timemachinefan (1 year ago)
Great memories.... This song always seems to transport me somewhere far, far away.....
Brown Trout (1 year ago)
A trip to watch if stoned...
CKBO3HOE (1 year ago)
I'm here because of ZOdiAC! Fallen in love straight away with this song, psychedelic garage rock sounds Epic.
Tamara Bossler (1 year ago)
I always feel like I travel through several lifetimes when I listen to some of Donovan's songs . You feel renaissance , folk , rock , psychedelia " periods :" all of the above " pleased I found munrows retro channel : pure quality
Patrick Joseph (1 year ago)
Released in May '68, getting ready for a vacation to S.E. Asia for a year.
robert rice (1 year ago)
This song was 50 years ahead of its time.
donald k garman (6 months ago)
Marrowbones (1 year ago)
I always kinda laugh when people write this about a song. It was exactly perfect in its time! IF you had been there you'd know that. I know it. BTW; the backing band was Led Zeppelin when they were studio musicians (although there is a controversy over whether Jimmy Page's lead was used here, sure sounds like him).
Alejo Lopez (1 year ago)
Jimmy Page & John Bonham
laurie nelson (1 year ago)
I get started on this stuff, and end up wasting the WHOLE DAY...thanks for posting it
Jon Santos (1 month ago)
Dear laurie, I feel the need to remind you if you spent the whole day watching this it most certainly wasn't a day wasted, continue to watch, listen and learn.
denis mckeen (1 year ago)
A Day with Music >is never a 'Wasted day 'laurie :)
MUNROWS RETRO (1 year ago)
You're welcome Laurie. Thanks for taking out part of your day to enjoy!
kip murray (2 years ago)
Thanks for a great video and the background info..i remember when this came out..It's as good as ever!
MUNROWS RETRO (2 years ago)
You're welcome, Kip. Thanks!
Ted C (2 years ago)
Awesome video for a great song, every time I hear it makes me think of the movie Zodiac.
Ted C (2 years ago)
I enjoyed the film, I have read good reviews of it
MUNROWS RETRO (2 years ago)
Thanks Ted! Never did see that film. Is it any good?
savvas markos (2 years ago)
Great song thnx for the video&quality
MUNROWS RETRO (2 years ago)
You're welcome!
alblues fish (2 years ago)
dig it thx
MUNROWS RETRO (2 years ago)
You're welcome. Thanks for the feedback!
Robert Blevins (2 years ago)
"Thown like a star in my vast sleep...I open my eyes to take a peep..To find that I was by the sea...Gazing with tranquility..."  It's poetry set to music.
Mal Barker (2 years ago)
i was 16,,never even knew what a hurdy gurdy man was, back then,but i didnt care it was the wierdness of the tune,think of the late 60s, think of this. and pictures of matchstickmen by qou. loved it all, and lived it.
Truth Recon (2 years ago)
Far out thanx MUNROWS RETRO!
MUNROWS RETRO (2 years ago)
You're welcome Truth!
Dan R (2 years ago)
One word: Cool!
Andy Ed (2 years ago)
"I'm very sure that's the man who shot me"
Steve Stringham (2 years ago)
thats the heaviest ending to a movie ever...
MUNROWS RETRO (2 years ago)
Yep. Zodiac was around then. I show a few slides in my Mason Williams video of "Classical Gas" where I have the events of the year in chronological sequence, about a second per frame.
Ken Owens (2 years ago)
love this, thanks
Matt Drysdale (2 years ago)
Fairly new to Donovans work. Was not really aware of the influence he has had on many bands and artists. This song is 30 years before its time.
D Jackman (1 year ago)
MrMrwilson11 (2 years ago)
His song Sunshine Superman really put him on the map. It was huge for a long time Back in the day
Ken Wolfe (2 years ago)
Pretty much epitomized the psychedelic sound of '68!
zorba nongreco (11 months ago)
Yeh man! ❤️cool smokin' anthem..🐂💨
Music Selection (2 years ago)
Just one of his best Munrow , and another triumph for the video , , liked and shared , have a great weekend :) ms
MUNROWS RETRO (2 years ago)
Thanks MS! Have a wonderful Sunday.
PolichinelaAzul. s.XIX (2 years ago)
I thought you read ahaha long thought to clip this wonderful song ... but it's hard to beat this wonder you've created ... great trip !!! 10/10 I see pictures of The Wicker Man, forever beloved cult movie
MUNROWS RETRO (2 years ago)
Thanks so much Poli! The Wicker Man is one of my favorite films as well and has been in my collection for many years. That procession sequence came immediately to mind for the ending lyric. I was first going to go for a "profile only" clip of the procession led by Christopher Lee, but decided a front, head-on shot followed by a profile would work better. Thank again.
Richard Clark (2 years ago)
great stuff, thanks for sharing :¬)
MUNROWS RETRO (2 years ago)
Thanks Richard. You're welcome, glad you liked this.
Christine Anne (2 years ago)
great donovan songs in this period mike, super stuff, pity george harrison's lyrical contribution was never included, cheers,jane.
Steve Stringham (2 years ago)
george wrote a third verse for the song some years later. donovan adds it whenever he plays it.
MUNROWS RETRO (2 years ago)
Thanks Jane. I forgot George wrote lyrics for this one that weren't used. I can understand why his contribution might have been included, since Donovan wrote this after a trip to India (where George also visited). cheers mike.
My Pet Paradox (2 years ago)
Classic psychedelic anthem pairs very well with your choice of footage. After watching, I loved reading the background info in the video description. Incidentally, (and most oddly) I've always perceived this as a darker song with a brooding ambiance of impending annihilation.
Sam Anderson (1 year ago)
Back in 81 I had a mostly punk rock radio show on a college radio station. This, and Too Much to Dream fit right in
timemachinefan (1 year ago)
Tokes... hits... Don't forget those lines!
DangerDan (2 years ago)
This song was stuck in my head since last week, what a coincidence. Another awesome video!
MUNROWS RETRO (2 years ago)
Thanks Dan!

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