Veteran U.K. singer songwriter Donovan will be named a BMI Icon at the annual BMI London Awards in October.

The awards, to be held Oct. 6 at London's Dorchester Hotel, will recognize the U.K. and European songwriters and publishers of the past year's most-played BMI songs on American radio and television.

The Icon award is given to BMI songwriters who have bestowed "a unique and indelible influence on generations of music makers." Previous recipients include Bryan Ferry, Peter Gabriel, Ray Davies, Van Morrison, the Bee Gees, Isaac Hayes, Dolly Parton, James Brown, Willie Nelson, Hall & Oates, Paul Simon, Crosby, Stills & Nash and Steve Winwood.

Donovan had 11 U.K. Top 40 hits in the 1960s, including "Mellow Yellow," "Sunshine Superman" and "Wear Your Love Like Heaven." According to the BMI, "Mellow Yellow" has earned more than 2 million performances and "Sunshine Superman" has garnered almost 3 million. His compositions have also resurfaced in hit films and television series including "Goodfellas," "Dumb and Dumber," "The Simpsons," "Ugly Betty" and "Dancing with the Stars."

Donovan's songs have also been included in various advertising campaigns, notably the G.E. commercial for Wind Energy featuring "Catch the Wind."

While BMI collects royalties for Donovan in the United States, he is a member of British performing right society PRS for Music.