"Catch the Wind" is a song
written and recorded by Scottish singer-songwriter Donovan.
The "Catch the Wind" single was
released in the United Kingdom on March 12
(Pye 7N 15801) and a few months later in the United
States through Hickory Records
(Hickory 45-1309). The "Catch the Wind" single was backed with "Why
Do You Treat Me Like You Do?" on both the United Kingdom and United
"Catch the Wind" marks the first release by Donovan. The single
reached #4 in the United Kingdom and #23 in the United States. The
single version featured Donovan's vocals with echo and a string
section. The song was recorded again for Donovan's first album
What's Bin Did and
What's Bin Hid
without the vocal echo and strings.
When Epic Records
, they were either unable or unwilling to secure the
rights to the original recordings of "Catch the Wind" and "Colours
". Donovan rerecorded both
songs with a full backing band, and these were included on the
greatest hits album with session musicians Big Jim Sullivan
and John Paul Jones
. The CD release
of the album uses the 1965 album version instead.
Use in TV Commercials
- In 2007, GE Ecomagination used
the song in a television commercial promoting their achievements in
- In 2009, thatgamecompany used it
in a promotional advertisement of PlayStation Network title
- In 2009 MassMutual used the song in a
personal financial services commercials.
Early covers of the song included those of Paul Revere and the Raiders
(1965), Bruce Springsteen
(1966), and Glen
(1967). In 1968, Dottie
, Claudine Longet
, and the
duo of Lester Flatt
all produced separate efforts. Also in 1968, actor
recorded it on the Chisa
label, as the b-side
to his version of
"November Night". These
were followed by versions from The
(1970), Mike Berry
recorded under the name "Timothy Barclay"), and Hee Haw
co-host and country music star Buck Owens
In 1977 Sammy Hagar
recorded the song
for his self-titled second
. Former member of The Bangles
recorded the song as a
bonus track for the Japanese version of her 1994 solo album
; this recording also
appeared on the UK CD single for the song "All I Want".
Canadian folk band The Irish
recorded the song for their "Gypsies and Lovers"
album in 1995.
In 2007, The Spill Canvas
their EP, Denial Feels So
, which includes a cover.
A cover version is featured prominently in the opening scene of the
Miami Vice episode "Golden Triangle, Part 2."
Versions of this tune we also released in 1966 by The Blues Project
, Live at the Cafe au
, and, 1970 by the We Five
Catch The Wind
On her 2004 CD, '(room', Katey Sagal recorded a version. Joan Baez
and Mimi Farina recorded a version released on the "Generations of
Folk" series (Volume 3, Classic Harmonies).
- Daffyd Rees and Luke Crampton, Rock Stars Encyclopedia (New
York: DK Publishing, Inc., 1999), 309.
- "The Susanna Hoffs Discography"