Folk star DONOVAN insists he is the mastermind behind the distinctive guitar sound championed by THE Beatles on their eponymous 1968 LP, popularly known as The White Album.

The MELLOW YELLOW rocker claims John Lennon was so fascinated by his style during a trip to India, he begged Donovan to teach him how to recreate it.

He recalls, "John could already play acoustic guitar but I taught him finger style in India.

"He looked at me playing and said: 'How do you do that?'

"It was two-way; I learned from them and they learned from me.

"We'd play for hours on end and so much of this became part of the White Album."

05/08/2005 13:44