Mellow Yellow/Sunny South Kensington
Sunny South Kensington
All tracks by Donovan P. Leitch.
· Donovan: vocals and acoustic guitar.
· Paul McCartney: uncredited backing vocals on Mellow Yellow.
· John Paul Jones: bass and arrangement on Mellow Yellow.
· Bobby Orr: drums.
· Danny Moss and Ronnie Ross: horns on Mellow Yellow.
· John Cameron: arrangement and keyboards on Sunny South Kensington.
· Danny Thompson: bass on Sunny South Kensington.
· Eric Ford: electric guitar on Sunny South Kensington.
· Tony Carr: percussion on Sunny South Kensington.
· Shawn Phillips: sitar on Sunny South Kensington.
· It was rumored that the song was about smoking dried banana skins, which was believed to be a hallucinogenic drug in the 1960s. But Donovan's notes in the album clarify the origins of the rumor: it was started by Country Joe McDonald in 1966, and Donovan learned about it three weeks before the release of Mellow Yellow single. The controversial lyrics ("electrical banana") actually refered to a yellow vibrator.
· The words "mellow yellow" appears on page 719 of the first American edition of Joyce's Ulysses, where it is used to refer to Mrs. Marion Bloom's buttocks, but it's not known if Donovan got the phrase from there.
· Although it has been said that the words "quite rightly" in Mellow Yellow are whispered by Paul McCartney, in his autobiography The Hurdy Gurdy Man Donovan claims it was actually him, not Paul. He also clarifies Paul contribution to the song: you can hear him cheering at the end of the song, with other people gathered in the recording studio.
· One of the oldest coffeeshops in Amsterdam is called "Mellow Yellow".