French honour for Brit folk singer Donovan

January 19th, 2009 - 4:10 pm ICT by ANI  

London, Jan 19 (ANI): English 1960s folk singer Donovan has received a prestigious honour for his contribution to French culture.

The hippy icon was made an Officer of the Order of Arts and Letters.

The 62-year-old rose to fame in the 1960s with hits such as “Mellow Yellow”, “Sunshine Superman” and “Jennifer Juniper”. Most recently he collaborated with French group Variety Lab on their up-coming single.

French culture minister Christine Albanel pinned the medal to Donovan’’s jacket during the ceremony in Cannes, reports the BBC.

The singer said he was “very pleased” to receive the accolade.

He said: “I take it for all the work I”ve done over the years to bring poetry back to popular culture.

“To get an honour like this confirmed to me that it was successful, that my work was accepted on my terms, rather than becoming an entertainer,” he said.

“I wanted to be entertaining, but to bring to the world a sense of meaning again.”

The award was given at the Midem music industry conference. (ANI)

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