Catch the Wind

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"Catch the Wind"
Donovan-Catch the Wind single Holland.jpg
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?"
Released12 March 1965 (UK)
1965 (US)
RecordedMarch 1965
Length2:21 (Side A)
2:57 (Side B)
LabelPye 7N15801 (UK)
Hickory 45-1309 (US)
Producer(s)Terry Kennedy, Peter Eden, Geoff Stephens
Donovan singles chronology
"Catch the Wind"

"Catch the Wind" is a song written and recorded by Scottish 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.

"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.[1] 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.

Cover versions[edit]

John Waite

Miscellaneous uses in the media[edit]

  • 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 8 November episode, "In-Between".
  • In 2015, the TV show Catastrophe used the song at the end of the "Episode 4".


  1. ^ Daffyd Rees and Luke Crampton, Rock Stars Encyclopedia (New York: DK Publishing, Inc., 1999), 309.
  2. ^ We Five, "Catch the Wind" single release Retrieved 12 July 2014
  3. ^ "Recording: Catch the Wind – Buck Owens". Second Hand Songs. Retrieved 5 January 2012.
  4. ^ "Catch the Wind / Hurdy Gurdy Man – Eartha Kitt". Retrieved 5 January 2012.
  5. ^ "The Susanna Hoffs Discography". Archived from the original on 25 December 2001. Retrieved 2 October 2018.
  6. ^ "Rainer May – Geh und fang den Wind (Catch The Wind)". YouTube. 2 January 2010. Retrieved 5 January 2012.

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