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.
John Denver Films
John Denver did a lot of television work as in appearances but l am going to show you what l consider to be his 9 best film performances to conclude our two part John Denver Theme Time Bio.
1 – Oh, God – 1977
Jerry Landers (John Denver), an assistant manager in a supermarket, receives a visit from God (George Burns), who appears in the form of an old man. Reluctant at first, Jerry agrees to spread the word about his visits from the almighty creator of heaven and earth. However, Jerry’s wife, Bobbie (Teri Garr), is skeptical, and theologians think Jerry’s God is a fake. As Jerry continues to receive visits from God, religious authorities take action and demand that he prove his story.
2 – The Christmas Gift – 1986
An architect is sent to a small Colorado town to survey it as a possible real-estate development, but he is soon fighting against his boss in a bid to preserve the town’s old-fashioned charm.
3 – Foxfire – 1987
Fierce but aging widow Annie Nations (Jessica Tandy) lives alone on her farm. Unable to let go of the past — she sometimes visits with the ghost of her husband (Hume Cronyn) — Annie gets pulled into a very current battle with a real estate developer looking to buy her land. Annie also needs to help her son, Dillard (John Denver), a country singer struggling to raise his two daughters on his own. As Annie deals with these pressures, she begins to reflect on her long life on the farm.
4 – Walking Thunder – 1997
A Dakota medicine man and a mountain man help a boy and his family, stranded in the Rockies in 1850. Brian Keith narrates.
5 – Doris Day Today- 1975
6 – Higher Ground – 1988
A retired FBI agent uncovers a drug-smuggling operation after joining a friend’s Alaskan air-charter service as a pilot.
7 – The Leftovers – 1986
The director (John Denver) of a foster home hires a young widow (Cindy Williams) to keep house for his family of orphans.
Well there we go folks, have to be honest and say this was hard, not choice wise, but choice wise for Trailers! Which was your best John Denver movie? For me, it can only be “Oh, God!”