Theme Times – John Denver

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Henry John Deutschendorf Jr. (December 31, 1943 – October 12, 1997), known professionally as John Denver, was an American singer-songwriter, record producer, actor, activist, and humanitarian, whose greatest commercial success was as a solo singer. After traveling and living in numerous locations while growing up in his military family, Denver began his music career with folk music groups during the late 1960s. Starting in the 1970s, he was one of the most popular acoustic artists of the decade and one of its best-selling artists. By 1974, he was one of America’s best-selling performers, and AllMusic has described Denver as “among the most beloved entertainers of his era”.

Denver recorded and released approximately 300 songs, about 200 of which he composed, with total sales of over 33 million records worldwide. He recorded and performed primarily with an acoustic guitar and sang about his joy in nature, his disdain for city life, his enthusiasm for music, and his relationship trials. Denver’s music appeared on a variety of charts, including country music, the Billboard Hot 100, and adult contemporary, in all earning 12 gold and four platinum albums with his signature songs “Take Me Home, Country Roads”, “Annie’s Song”, “Rocky Mountain High”, “Calypso”, “Thank God I’m a Country Boy”, and “Sunshine on My Shoulders”.

Denver appeared in several films and television specials during the 1970s and 1980s. He continued to record in the 1990s, also focusing on environmental issues by lending vocal support to space exploration and testifying in front of Congress in protest against censorship in music. He lived in Aspen, Colorado, for much of his life and was known for his love of Colorado, which he sang about numerous times. In 1974, Denver was named poet laureate of the state. The Colorado state legislature also adopted “Rocky Mountain High” as one of its two state songs in 2007.

An avid pilot, Denver died at the age of 53 in a single-fatality crash while piloting his recently purchased light plane.

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John Denver is dedicated to my following friends! Cheryl of The Bag Lady , Beckie of Beckie’s Mental Mess , Angie of King Ben’s Grandma I grew up with JD’s songs in the family home, and his songs always bring a smile to my face and remind me of rare good times in another life l led. Here is my top 12 music favourites of his. As long as we all listen to John Denvers beautiful music, songs and his voice he will live on forever.

1971 – 1

1969 – 2

1974 – 3

1974 – 4

1971 – 5

1974 – 6

1972 – 7

1970 – 8

1971 – 9

1973 – 10

1971 – 11

1971 – 12

Bonus

Now John also had an acting Career and l will be addressing this tomorrow in part 2

So tell me, John Denver fan or not?

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9 thoughts on “Theme Times – John Denver

  1. Absolutely a fan!! I must be having an emotional day because I’m in tears listening to his songs and watching the interview.

    I remember when his plane crashed and there were questions about it maybe being a suicide. I remember thinking at the time that if it was suicide I could understand because he was such a caring man with an enormous heart and he tried to do so much good but the world is a hard, hurtful place. The more you widen your view, the more you see and the more it hurts. And once something is seen it can’t be unseen.

    Such a beautiful soul and what wonderful gifts he’s left us! Looking forward to part two.

      1. Such a sad song anyway and his voice sounds like he’s almost in tears singing it. I’m sure it touched you especially now. Ah, life… Thank goodness for the good people we find to help shore us up when things get rough!💌

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