Season of the Witch (song)

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"Season of the Witch"
Song by Donovan from the album Sunshine Superman
Released September 1966 (USA)
Recorded May 1966, Columbia Studios, Hollywood, California, U.S.
Genre Psychedelic rock
Length 4:56
Label Epic
Writer Donovan Leitch
Producer Mickie Most

"Season of the Witch" is an early example of psychedelic rock, written by Donovan[1] and first released in September 1966 on his Epic Records (USA) album, Sunshine Superman. In the United Kingdom, a cover version by The Pandamonium was released as a single in November 1966 (CBS 202462),[2] while Donovan's version was finally released in June 1967 on the Pye Records compilation Sunshine Superman.[citation needed]

The recording features Bobby Ray on bass and "Fast" Eddie Hoh on drums.[3] The hauntingly eerie guitar is provided by Jimmy Page, then a noted session guitarist working in England. There are rumours that the organ was played by another noted British session player, John Paul Jones, perhaps helping to establish the groundwork for the eventual formation of Led Zeppelin two years later in 1968. (However, this was unable to be verified.) The run-time for the song is 4:56, unusual for an era when the typical pop song ran perhaps 2:30.[citation needed]

Background music in television and film[edit]

Cover versions[edit]

The song has been covered by many artists:


The song's title has been reused for three films:

Season of the Witch was also used as a working title for three different films:

It is also used as the title of three books:

The song title inspired record producer Joe Boyd to name his company Witchseason Productions.[citation needed]


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