Tune In Drop Out – The Story Behind Donovan’s ‘Mellow Yellow’ [VIDEO]
Lets go back in time — even another dimension — oh wait! That’s another show.
So the 1960s were a pretty cool place in time. The music scene was eclectic, Vietnam was going on and there were a lot of people looking to escape the reality of what was the Nixon years.
Along came an English folk singer that influenced the likes of the Rolling Stones and The Beatles and hung out with the Maharishi in India. Donovan also wrote one of the greatest psychedelic songs of all time: “Mellow Yellow.”
It reached No. 2 on the U.S. Billboard charts in 1966. The meaning behind the song was commonly believed to be an “ode” to the hallucinogenic properties of smoked banana peels.
I am not surprised that in the 1960s somebody tried this. But there is also some interesting history on the song. Take a wack at Bear’s Rock & Roll College Of Knowledge Quiz and see if you can figure out the answer.