Australian singles chart:
Sunshine Superman entered the Kent charts on 27 August 1966 and peaked at #4. The song was #53 on the Top 100 of 1966.
Record label of Australian release:
Jimmy Page and John Paul Jones, later of Led Zeppelin, play on the recording.
Read more: en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Sunshine_Superman
Donovan was good friends with The Beatles, and they were both making very innovative and trippy music at the time. Donovan’s producer Mickie Most told him not to play the Sunshine Superman album to Paul McCartney under any circumstances, because he knew McCartney would be tempted to do something similar.
Donovan recalled to Uncut magazine: “I played it to McCartney anyway, but they were already there and George Martin was doing something similar with The Beatles, working out arrangements from ideas they had in their heads. George Martin was The Beatles’ guy and John Cameron was my guy and they both had an appreciation of jazz, which was key.”
Originally, the Sunshine Superman single was subtitled For John And Paul, a reference to Lennon and McCartney.
Read more: www.songfacts.com/facts/donovan/sunshine-superman
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