Leaving on a Jet Plane (4:00)

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“Leaving on a Jet Plane” is a song written by John Denver in 1967 and recorded by the Mitchell Trio that year. The original title of the song was “Oh Babe I Hate To Go” but Denver’s then producer, Milt Okun, convinced him to change the title. Denver wrote the song after his flight was delayed. John Denver’s version of his song, “Leaving on a Jet Plane”, was included on his 1969 debut solo album, Rhymes and Reasons.

Other artists recorded the song in 1967, including Spanky & Our Gang and Peter, Paul and Mary on Album 1700. It did not become a hit until Peter, Paul and Mary released it as a single in 1969. It turned out to be their biggest (and final) hit, becoming their only #1 on the Billboard Hot 100 chart in the United States. The song also spent three weeks atop the easy listening chart.


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  • mankuthimma

    Hold me like... you'll never let me go

    27 Jul 6:13pm Reply
  • crazykaz02

    great artist rip john

    23 Jul 2:47am Reply
  • TuneBlendR

    He wrote SO MANY CLASSICS... genius... SHAME how he died on one of those small glider-like air craft; NOTE: the video I'm seeing is not synced to the music...

    22 Apr 2:55pm Reply
  • cheesetrolley

    Kind of poignant, knowing how he left the world.

    1 Jul 2014 Reply
  • HayleighRayment

    And you get addicted to the Meditation

    23 Jun 2014 Reply
  • porcelainstars

    Hold me like you'll never let me go

    16 Jun 2014 Reply
  • cadaver11


    26 Apr 2014 Reply
  • adventureba

    I miss him deeply. <3

    17 Apr 2014 Reply
  • BennoTiger


    4 Jan 2014 Reply
  • eins-zwei-3

    sehr gut....yäh

    22 Dec 2013 Reply
  • Metal-Kathy86


    22 Jul 2013 Reply
  • countryrebel51

    Lennon called the blessed trio, "Pizza, Poo, and Magpie"!!! "Babe, I Hate to Go" was transformed into "Leavin' on a Jet Plane" as a suggestion from the blessed trio as it seemed a more logical choice.; top ten smash for PP&M!!! Possibly the song that made John Denver's bank account very coushy!!!

    8 May 2013 Reply
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    26 Apr 2013 Reply
  • daw3107

    He loved Annie so. Always did. Wish I could have met him before......

    25 Apr 2013 Reply
  • daw3107

    I miss him deeply.

    12 Apr 2013 Reply
  • davidgeorgea

    Just a great country singer ... He has left a great legacy behind .

    12 Apr 2013 Reply
  • stevenpercy

    Love this. Grew up with the PP&M version. Such a good song. We've all gone through this , one way or another

    26 Mar 2013 Reply
  • Skimaskkass

    Wow, my sister is leaving tomorrow on a plane. Crazy deep.

    24 Mar 2013 Reply
  • kenet87

    One of my favorite songs in the world. It's brilliant and breathtaking.

    31 Jan 2013 Reply
  • silversurfer250

    This was written by a very young John Denver, who was then a member of the Chad Mitchell Trio before beginning his solo career in the 1970s. Denver wrote this in 1967 during a layover at Washington airport, "Not so much from feeling that way for someone, but from the longing of having someone to love." The Chad Mitchell Trio recorded the song that year, as did Spanky & Our Gang and Peter, Paul and Mary. It only became a hit when the latter act covered the song again two years later. http://www.songfacts.com/detail.php?id=1219

    27 Oct 2012 Reply
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