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Released: October 30, 1965

Recorded: Oct 1965

· Peer Music

Denmark St, London

Label: PYE 7N 15984

Country: UK

Format: vinyl single

Producers: Terry Kennedy

Peter Eden

Geoff Stephens

Chart: 11/11/1965, 6 weeks

Reached #30

Turquoise/Hey Gyp (Dig The Slowness)

A: Turquoise

B: Hey Gyp (Dig The Slowness)

All tracks by Donovan P. Leitch.


· Donovan: vocals, acoustic guitar and mouth harp.

Out of the album:

· Non-album single

See the artwork for this issue!

Other versions of this single:

· UK (promo) - PYE 7N 15984

· Sweden - PYE 7N 15984

· Holland - PYE 7N 15984

· Italy - Hickory 45-1309


· Turquoise was a drop-off in Donovan's chart success: it only reached #30 in the UK charts, after the previous top 10 hits Catch The Wind, Colours and Universal Soldier. Those previous singles reappeared in many compilations and reissues but Turquoise wasn't so frequently included in later releases.

· The song was dedicated to his friend Joan Baez. In a 1965 interview with Brian Matthew, in the BBC, Donovan is asked the reason of the name Turquoise. He giggles and answers: "I don't know, it's a nice name". He looks shy about telling the meaning of the song, but on later interviews he has declared that he was in love with Joan Baez and that the song was written for her. Joan Baez recorded a version of the song in her 1967 album Joan.

· A few years ago, a juke-box which belonged to John Lennon in the 1960's was discovered. It contained a tracklist of 40 singles, written in Lennon's own handwriting, that marked his musical inspiration at the time. Number 2 on that list was Turquoise. John Lennon mispelled Donovan's name and wrote: "Turquoise Donavon". Source: YouTube video.

· The relative lack of success in the UK led Hickory Records to select You're Gonna Need Somebody On Your Bond as Donovan's next single in the US. Hickory Records later released Turquoise as the B side to To Try For The Sun single and made it the opening track to their 1966 compilation The Real Donovan.

· In a recent interview in February 2009, Donovan has declared that he took Hey Gyp (Dig The Slowness) from someone else, but he didn't know his name, so he couldn't send him the rights to the song. Donovan arranged it and gave it this title. This song has always been credited to Donovan. Probably it was based on a song called Can I Do It For You and Donovan retitled it in reference to his friend Gypsy Dave.

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