Catch the Wind
|"Catch the Wind"|
|Single by Donovan|
|from the album What's Bin Did and What's Bin Hid|
|B-side||"Why Do You Treat Me Like You Do?"|
|Released||12 March 1965 (UK)
|Length||2:21 (Side A)
2:57 (Side B)
|Label||Pye 7N15801 (UK)
Hickory 45-1309 (US)
|Producer(s)||Terry Kennedy, Peter Eden, Geoff Stephens|
|Donovan singles chronology|
"Catch the Wind" is a song written and recorded by British singer-songwriter Donovan. It was released as a single in the United Kingdom on 12 March 1965 through Pye Records (Pye 7N 15801) and a few months later in the United States through Hickory Records (Hickory 45-1309). The single was backed with "Why Do You Treat Me Like You Do?" on both the United Kingdom and United States releases. The melody of the song was influenced by "Chimes of Freedom" by Bob Dylan.
"Catch the Wind" was the first release by Donovan. It reached No.4 in the United Kingdom singles chart and No.23 in the United States Billboard Hot 100. The single version featured Donovan's vocals with echo and a string section. The song was re-recorded for Donovan's first album What's Bin Did and What's Bin Hid, without the vocal echo and strings and with a harmonica solo added.
When Epic Records was compiling Donovan's Greatest Hits in 1968, the label was either unable or unwilling to secure the rights to the original recordings of "Catch the Wind" and Donovan's follow-up single, "Colours". Donovan re-recorded both songs for the album, with a full backing band including Big Jim Sullivan playing guitar and Mickie Most producing.
- Johnny Rivers (1965)
- Melinda Marx (1965) in Vee Jay Records
- Paul Revere & the Raiders covered the song in their 1966 studio album Just Like Us!.
- The Blues Project (1966) on album, Live at The Cafe Au Go Go
- Cher (1966)
- Siluete (1966)
- The Castiles (1967)
- Glen Campbell (1967)
- Claudine Longet (1968)
- Dottie West (1968)
- Lester Flatt & Earl Scruggs (1968)
- Peter Fonda (1968) on the Chisa label, as the B-side to his version of Gram Parsons' "November Night"
- The Lettermen (1970)
- Timothy Barclay (1970)
- We Five (1970) on the album Catch the Wind. This version was released as a single in 1971.
- Buck Owens (1971)
- Eartha Kitt (1972)
- Sammy Hagar (1977) on the album, Sammy Hagar
- Vern Gosdin (1978) on the album, Never My Love
- Susanna Hoffs (1994) on the album, Susanna Hoffs and also appeared on the UK CD single for the song "All I Want".
- Four to the Bar (1995) on the album, Another Son
- The Irish Descendants (1995) on the album, Gypsies and Lovers
- Arjen Anthony Lucassen (1997) on the album, Strange Hobby
- Judith Durham (1996/97) on the albums "Mona Lisas" and "Always There"
- Katey Sagal (2004) on the album, Room
- The Spill Canvas (2007) on the album, Denial Feels So Good
- Liane Carroll (2007) in the album Slow Down
- Jimmy LaFave (2007) on the album, Cimarron Manifesto
- Melinda Marx made her own version in VeeJay Records (1966)
- Adam Bomb and the WMD's (2009) on the album, Live from Tehran
- Rickie Lee Jones (2012) on the album, Devil You Know
- Tommy Keene (2013) on his covers album, Excitement At Your Feet
- Chet Atkins
- Joan Baez and Mimi Fariña recorded a duet which appeared on the "Generations of Folk" series (Volume 3, Classic Harmonies).
- Eero Jussi and the Boys recorded it as "Tuuli Kuiskaa Vain" in Finnish
- Reinhard Mey recorded a German version, "Geh und fang den Wind", which was his first single release. (His name here is incorrectly spelled Rainer May). The translation was done by Joe Menke.
Miscellaneous uses in the media
- In 1985, the TV show Miami Vice used the song at the beginning of the episode "Golden Triangle (Part II)".
- In 1989, the TV show, The Wonder Years used the song at the end of the episode "Brightwing".
- In 1992, the movie The Efficiency Expert used the song.
- In 2001, the TV show "Heartbeat" used the song in the show "Old Masters" (season 11, episode 5)
- In 2002, the TV show Louis Theroux's Weird Weekends (series 3, episode 1) used the song during a scene at a hypnosis conference in Las Vegas.
- In 2005, the TV show Cold Case used the song at the end of the episode "A Perfect Day".
- In 2006, the TV show Alias used the song at the end of the episode "No Hard Feelings".
- In 2006, the movie Flicka used the song.
- In 2007, GE Ecomagination used the song in a television commercial promoting their achievements in wind power.
- In 2009, thatgamecompany used the song in a promotional advertisement for the PlayStation Network title Flower.
- In 2009, MassMutual used the song in a personal financial services commercials.
- In 2009, the movie The Invention of Lying used nearly the entire song following the scene in which the protagonist's mother dies.
- In 2009, the movie Charlie and Boots used the song in the final scene, in which the two protagonists fish together.
- In 2011, the TV show Parenthood used the song at the end of the November 8th episode, "In-Between".
- Daffyd Rees and Luke Crampton, Rock Stars Encyclopedia (New York: DK Publishing, Inc., 1999), 309.
- We Five, "Catch the Wind" single release Retrieved July 12, 2014
- "Recording: Catch the Wind - Buck Owens". Second Hand Songs. Retrieved 2012-01-05.
- "Catch the Wind / Hurdy Gurdy Man - Eartha Kitt". Earthakittfanclub.com. Retrieved 2012-01-05.
- "The Susanna Hoffs Discography"
- "Rainer May - Geh und fang den Wind (Catch The Wind)". YouTube. 2010-01-28. Retrieved 2012-01-05.