The British Folk Singer Donovan, widely regarded as ‘The English Elvis Presley’ has volunteered to collect the Nobel Prize for Poetry on Bob Dylan’s behalf and then pretend it’s gone missing when Bob finally gives him a call to talk Parcelforce.
Donovan, who famously took his name from the Australian poet Jason Donovan when he was out of the room, is famous for his peaked cap, his troubadour style and his fondness for herbs and spices, and their reciprocal fondness for him. ‘I’m just wild about saffron’, he told a press conference, adding ‘And saffron’s wild about me’
Donovan has always maintained it was Dylan who copied him, rather than vice versa. ‘We were round at Pete Seeger’s house in Eltham trying on hats in 1961’ he recalls in his autobiography, Sunshine Soup Man. ‘I got the little peaked one, and Dylan I think was cross because he wanted one. Then he started experimenting by putting various citrus fruit on his head. At one point I said to him ‘Hey Mr Tangerine Man!’ and Dylan kind of suddenly vanished, reappearing next day with the song which is rightfully mine.’
Despite a recent bout of jaundice Donovan said his reputation for being relaxed was justified.