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John Denver (December 31, 1943 – October 12, 1997) was born with the name Henry John Deutschendorf Jr. in Roswell, N.M. One of America’s most popular performers in the ’70s, Denver’s rise to fame began when he was “discovered” in a Los Angeles nightclub. He initially joined the Back Porch Majority, a nursery group for the renowned New Christy Minstrels, but, tiring of his role there, he left for The Chad Mitchell Trio where he forged a reputation as a talented songwriter. With the departure of the last original member, the Mitchell Trio became known as Denver, Boise and Johnson, but their brief lifespan ended when Denver embarked on a solo career in 1969. One of his compositions, “Leaving On A Jet Plane,” provided an international hit for Peter, Paul and Mary.

Subsequent releases garnered some attention, but it was not until the 1971 release of Poems, Prayers & Promises that the singer enjoyed popular acclaim with “Take Me Home, Country Roads.” It marked the first of six gold singles. Following the successes of “Sunshine on My Shoulders” and “Annie’s Song,” Denver made regular appearances on the country charts in 1974 and 1975 with the No. 1 hits “Back Home Again,” “Thank God I’m a Country Boy” and “I’m Sorry.” In 1975, he was awarded the CMA award for entertainer of the year, which prompted Charlie Rich to ignite the envelope revealing him as the winner.

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  • QuiteQuiett

    AWESOME ,AWWW

    7 Mar 9:30am Reply
  • PaulFromOz

    Says the dude with a pokemon avatar.

    17 Feb 6:35am Reply
  • BeNgEE4

    An abomination worshiped by fat baby boomers who should of left it in the 70s.

    1 Feb 11:16am Reply
  • Stardust_lament

    My heart wants to sing along with John Denver everytime I put his songs on my playlist.

    10 Jan 5:44pm Reply
  • bohemian_chic

    a song's best friend

    6 Jan 6:15pm Reply
  • Qyaffer

    happy 70th birthday

    31 Dec 2013 Reply
  • ringwraith10

    It's that time of the year to break out John Denver and the Muppets! :D

    13 Dec 2013 Reply
  • frross1234

    Fly Away Must have wrote this for someone he loved; perhaps his mother. Hold them tight and long, but when the time comes, let them fly away, fly with the angles.

    24 Oct 2013 Reply
  • frross1234

    Annie's Song-one of his greatest! Heard this for the first time at his Saratoga Live preformance June 1974. My new wife Jill was by my side, almost 40 years ago--like yesterday..

    24 Oct 2013 Reply
  • nursie216

    Oh Babe, we hated to see you go. Miss your music and your smile.

    10 Oct 2013 Reply
  • Hansinho10

    Looking for Space!

    30 Aug 2013 Reply
  • maxcasanova

    Dreamland Express, what an amazing song.

    19 Jul 2013 Reply
  • mihdalponte

    Oh babe I hate to go

    8 Jul 2013 Reply
  • TheDarkSide73

    Oh God! is very similar to Bruce Almighty..Which was the movie he was in with George Burns who died a year earlier at age 100..

    7 May 2013 Reply
  • dojasnejanielki

    ale brzydki xd

    1 May 2013 Reply
  • CDPETE01

    growing up in the UK ,he was always referred to as a country singer but ,I think he is more singer songwriter,and still as good.

    9 Mar 2013 Reply
  • rgoudie

    Thanks for the information. I actually would enjoy seeing such a show as a consolation to never having had the chance to see him in concert.

    6 Feb 2013 Reply
  • gilco_gilchrist

    The tour date is his former band playing his classics with him singing on video

    31 Jan 2013 Reply
  • rgoudie

    He was a brilliant songwriter and musician.

    30 Jan 2013 Reply
  • rgoudie

    John Denver's "on tour"? Quite an interesting feat. :)

    30 Jan 2013 Reply
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