A nice 'n' simple All Birthdays Edition today, and all from "across the pond", so here goes...

Donovan, June 1968. (Photo: R. Jones/Evening Standard/Hulton Archives/Getty Images)

5/10/1946 - Happy Birthday Donovan, 72 years old today -- Donovan Philips Leitch was born in Glasgow, Scotland, and with his eclectic and distinctive blend of folk, jazz, pop, psychedelia and world music, went on to record some mid-'60's classics as part of The British Invasion -- Early singles "Catch the Wind" and a cover of Buffy Saint-Marie's "Universal Soldier" earned him comparisons with Bob Dylan, but it was his superb run of Top Ten hits between 1966 and '69 where he really left his mark: "Sunshine Superman", "Mellow Yellow", "Wear Your Love Like Heaven", "Hurdy Gurdy Man", "Atlantis" and a handful more. Hey, he recorded with The Jeff Beck Group ("Barabajagel", still fantastic sounding!) and his deep album cut "Season Of The Witch" remains one of his best known and most played works, even though it was never officially released as a single. Rather taken for granted, we think; check out the "Donovan's Greatest Hits" collection on Epic records from 1969, absolutely definitive and near-perfect...

5/10/1946 - Happy Birthday Graham Gouldman, also turning 72 today -- The long-time/multi-talented founding member of 10cc is perhaps better known as a songwriter -- In addition to 10cc hits "The Wall Street Shuffle", "I'm Not In Love", "The Things We Do For Love" and "Dreadlock Holiday", Graham spent his pre-10cc/early-'60's days writing songs for other artists which went on to become classics: The Yardbirds' "For Your Love" and "Heart Full Of Soul", The Hollies' "Bus Stop" and "Look Through Any Window", and Herman's Hermits' "Listen People" and "No Milk Today" -- Our favorite though, is easily the bizarro 1976 10cc masterwork LP "How Dare You!" which (amazingly) still doesn't sound like anything else in all of rock, really inspirational stuff when you're in an anything-goes/creative-state-of-mind. Look it up...

5/10/1960 - There's too much great stuff to write about the one and only Paul David Hewson, so we'll just keep it simple and say Happy 58th Birthday to Bono of U2, undeniably one of rock's all-time best front men. If you don't have deep affection for Bono, maybe you should look for another planet to spend the rest of your life on...

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