Sixties legend DONOVAN was staggered by the wealth of THE Beatles when he first met them, but soon learned there was more to them than glittering materialism.

The CATCH THE WIND singer initially dismissed George Harrison as "flash" when he offered him a lift in his customised Mini Cooper, but he quickly bonded with the sensitive guitarist's spiritual side.

He recalls, "I did a double-take and thought, 'What a flash bloke', but George and I would soon become dear friends through our shared interest in spiritual enlightenment."