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!!!
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.
I saw John two weeks before he passed - in Austin, TX. He was on stage by himself with just his guitar. It was one of the best concerts I've ever been to. He was one of a kind and is still missed by so many including me!