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John Denver

One of the most popular recording artists of the 1970s, country-folk singer/songwriter John Denver's gentle, environmentally conscious music established him among the most beloved entertainers of his era; wholesome and clean-cut, his appeal extended to fans of all ages and backgrounds, and led to parallel careers as both an actor and a humanitarian.

Born Henry John Deutschendorf in Roswell, NM, on December 31, 1943, he was raised in an Air Force family, and grew up in various regions of the southwestern U.S. As a teen, his grandmother presented him with a 1910 Gibson acoustic guitar, and while attending Texas Tech University he began performing local clubs. Adopting the stage surname "Denver" in tribute to the Rocky Mountain area he so cherished, he dropped out of college in 1964 to relocate to Los Angeles; there he joined the Chad Mitchell Trio, a major draw on the hootenanny circuit of the early '60s but in the twilight of their career at the time of Denver's arrival. Over time, however, Denver helped resuscitate the group on the strength of his songwriting skills; signed to Mercury, the Trio recorded a number of tracks, which the label repackaged in 1974 as Beginnings With the Chad Mitchell Trio.

Upon the departure of the last remaining founding member, the Chad Mitchell Trio became known as Denver, Boise and Johnson; the new group proved short-lived, however, when Denver exited in 1969 to pursue a solo career. That same year he recorded his debut LP, Rhymes and Reasons; while not a hit, it contained one of his best-loved compositions, "Leaving on a Jet Plane," an international chart-topper for Peter, Paul & Mary. Still, neither of Denver's follow-up albums, 1970's Whose Garden Was This and Take Me to Tomorrow, launched him as a solo performer; finally, with 1971's Poems, Prayers & Promises, he achieved superstardom, thanks to the million-selling hits "Take Me Home, Country Roads" and "Sunshine on My Shoulders." In the years to follow, Denver also scored with "Annie's Song" (penned for his wife) and "Back Home Again," and by 1974 was firmly established as America's best-selling performer; albums like 1975's An Evening With John Denver and Windsong were phenomenally popular, and he continued to top the singles charts with efforts including "Thank God I'm a Country Boy" and "I'm Sorry." Additionally, his 1974 best-of collection sold over ten million copies worldwide, and remained on the charts for over two years.

At the peak of his success, Denver was everywhere -- the governor of Colorado proclaimed him the state's poet laureate, his label Windsong was responsible for hits like the Starland Vocal Band's mammoth "Afternoon Delight," and he appeared in a number of ratings-grabbing television specials. In 1977, he even moved into film, co-starring with George Burns in the comedy hit Oh, God! During this time, however, he dramatically curtailed his recording output, and after 1977's I Want to Live, issued no new material until 1980's Autograph. The following year, he performed with opera star Placido Domingo, but as the decade progressed, Denver's popularity waned as he turned his focus more toward humanitarian work, focusing primarily on ecological concerns and space exploration; he also toured Communist-led Russia and China, and in 1987 performed in Chernobyl in the wake of that city's nuclear disaster. While maintaining a solid cult following, by the 1990s Denver had largely fallen off the radar, and he made more news for a 1993 drunk-driving arrest than he did for records like 1991's Different Directions. In 1994, he published an autobiography, Take Me Home. Tragedy struck on October 12, 1997, when his experimental aircraft suddenly crashed, killing him instantly. Denver was 53. ~ Jason Ankeny
full bio

Selected Discography

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Track List: 16 Biggest Hits

1. Annie's Song

2. Back Home Again

3. Baby, You Look Good To Me Tonight

4. Sunshine On My Shoulders

5. Sweet Surrender

6. Take Me Home, Country Roads

7. Rocky Mountain High

8. I'm Sorry

9. Fly Away

10. Dreeamland Express

11. How Can I Leave You Again

12. Looking For Space

13. Thank God I'm A Country Boy (Live)

14. Leaving On A Jet Plane

15. Wild Montana Skies

16. Some Days Are Diamonds (Some Days Are Stone)

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Track List: Forever (3 Disc)

Disc 1

1. Rocky Mountain High

2. Perhaps Love

3. Annie's Song

4. Seasons Of The Heart

5. Back Home Again

6. For You

7. Take Me Home, Country Roads

8. Leaving On A Jet Plane

9. Windsong

10. I'm Sorry

11. Dreamland Express

12. Sunshine On My Shoulders

13. Love Again

14. Thank God I'm A Country Boy

Disc 2

1. Windsong

2. Cowboy's Delight

3. Spirit

4. Looking For Space

5. Shipmates And Cheyenne

6. Late Nite Radio

7. Love Is Everywhere

8. Two Shots

9. I'm Sorry

10. Fly Away

11. Calypso

12. Song Of Wyoming

Disc 3

1. Mr. Bojangles

2. Molly

3. Carolina In My Mind

4. Angels From Montgomery

5. Thirsty Boots

6. Darcy Farrow

7. Paradise

8. Cool An' Green An' Shady

9. Whose Garden Was This

10. Spirit

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Track List: Definitive All-Time Greatest Hits

Disc 1

1. Leaving, On A Jet Plane

2. Take Me Home, Country Roads

3. Sunshine On My Shoulders

4. Poems, Prayers And Promises

5. The Eagle And The Hawk

6. Rocky Mountain High

7. Farewell Andromeda (Welcome To My Morning)

8. Annie's Song

9. Back Home Again

10. Sweet Surrender

11. Thank God I'm A Country Boy

12. I'm Sorry

13. Calypso

14. Fly Away

15. Looking For Space

16. Like A Sad Song

17. My Sweet Lady

18. Perhaps Love (feat. Placido Domingo)

19. Shanghai Breezes

20. Wild Montana Skies (feat. Emmylou Harris)

Disc 2

1. Leaving, On A Jet Plane (Babe, I Have To Go)

2. The Weight

3. Annie's Song (Previously Unreleased)

4. Calypso (Previously Unreleased)

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Track List: The Essential John Denver

Disc 1

1. Sunshine On My Shoulders

2. Back Home Again

3. Thank God I'm A Country Boy

4. Leaving On A Jet Plane

5. Dreamland Express

6. Perhaps Love

7. Take Me Home, Country Roads

8. Love Again

9. Rocky Mountain High

10. Seasons Of The Heart

11. For You

12. Annie's Song

Disc 2

1. Windsong

2. Cowboy's Delight

3. Spirit

4. Looking For Space

5. Shipmates And Cheyenne

6. Late Nite Radio

7. Love Is Everywhere

8. Two Shots

9. I'm Sorry

10. Fly Away

11. Calypso

12. Song Of Wyoming

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Track List: Love Songs And Poetry

1. Don't Close Your Eyes Tonight

2. I'm Sorry

3. Late Nite Radio

4. Claudette

5. The Music Is You

6. It's Up To You

7. For Baby (For Bobbie)

8. Gimme Your Love

9. Got My Heart Set On You

10. Love Is Everywhere

11. Cool An' Green An' Shady

12. Matthew

14. City Of New Orleans

16. Prisoners

17. Please Daddy

18. Friends With You

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Track List: The Best Of John Denver Live

1. Rocky Mountain High (Live)

2. Country Roads (Live)

3. Back Home Again (Live)

4. I Guess He'd Rather Be In Colorado (Live)

5. Matthew (Live)

6. Sunshine On My Shoulders (Live)

7. Darcy Farrow (Live)

8. Wild Montana Skies (Live)

9. Leaving On A Jet Plane/Goodbye Again (Live)

10. Bet On The Blues (Live)

11. I'd Rather Be A Cowboy (Lady's Chains) (Live)

12. Fly Away (Live)

13. I'm Sorry (Live)

14. Annie's Song (Live)

15. Poems, Prayers & Promises (Live)

16. Calypso (Live)

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Track List: Seasons Of The Heart

1. Seasons Of The Heart

2. Opposite Tables

3. Relatively Speaking

4. Dreams

5. Nothing But A Breeze

6. What One Man Can Do

7. Shanghai Breezes

8. Islands

9. Heart To Heart

10. Perhaps Love

11. Children Of The Universe

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Track List: I Want To Live

1. How Can I Leave You Again

2. Trade Winds

3. Bet On The Blues

4. It Amazes Me

5. To The Wild Country

6. Ripplin' Waters

7. Thirsty Boots

8. Dearest Esmeralda

9. Singing Skies And Dancing Waters

10. I Want To Live

11. Druthers

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Track List: Spirit

1. Come And Let Me Look In Your Eyes

2. Eli's Song

3. Wrangle Mountain Song

4. Hitchhiker

5. In The Grand Way

6. Polka Dots And Moonbeams

7. It Makes Me Giggle

8. Baby, You Look Good To Me Tonight

9. Like A Sad Song

10. San Antonio Rose

11. Pegasus

12. The Wings That Fly Us Home

13. Whose Garden Was This

14. The Game Is Over

15. Eleanor Rigby

16. Old Folks

17. Medley: Golden Slumber / Sweet Sweet Life / Tremble If You Must (Version II)

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Track List: Windsong

1. Windsong

2. Cowboy's Delight

3. Spirit

4. Looking For Space

5. Shipmates And Cheyenne

6. Late Nite Radio

7. Love Is Everywhere

8. Two Shots

9. I'm Sorry

10. Fly Away

11. Calypso

12. Song Of Wyoming

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Track List: Back Home Again

1. Back Home Again

2. On The Road

3. Grandma's Feather Bed

4. Matthew

5. Thank God I'm A Country Boy

6. The Music Is You

7. Annie's Song

8. It's Up To You

9. Cool An' Green An' Shady

10. Eclipse

11. Sweet Surrender

12. This Old Guitar

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Track List: Farewell Andromeda

1. I'd Rather Be A Cowboy (Lady's Chains)

2. Berkeley Woman

3. Please Daddy

4. Angels From Montgomery

5. River Of Love

6. Rocky Mountain Suite (Cold Nights In Canada)

7. Whiskey Basin Blues

8. Sweet Misery

9. Zachary And Jennifer

10. We Don't Live Here No More

11. Farewell Andromeda (Welcome To My Morning)

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Track List: John Denver's Greatest Hits

1. Take Me Home, Country Roads

2. Follow Me

3. Starwood In Aspen

4. For Baby (For Bobbie)

5. Rhymes And Reasons

6. Leaving, On A Jet Plane

7. The Eagle And The Hawk

8. Sunshine On My Shoulders

9. Goodbye Again

10. Poems, Prayers And Promises

11. Rocky Mountain High

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Track List: Rocky Mountain High

1. Rocky Mountain High

2. Mother Nature's Son

3. Paradise

4. For Baby (For Bobbie)

5. Darcy Farrow

6. Prisoners

7. Goodbye Again

8. Season Suite: Summer

9. Season Suite: Fall

10. Season Suite: Winter

11. Season Suite: Late Winter, Early Spring (When Everybody Goes To Mexico)

12. Season Suite: Spring

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Track List: Poems, Prayers & Promises

1. Poems, Prayers And Promises

2. Let It Be

3. My Sweet Lady

4. Wooden Indian

5. Junk

6. Gospel Changes

7. Take Me Home, Country Roads

8. I Guess He'd Rather Be In Colorado

9. Sunshine On My Shoulders

10. Around And Around

11. Fire And Rain

12. The Box

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Track List: Aerie

1. Starwood In Aspen

2. Everyday

3. Casey's Last Ride

4. City Of New Orleans

5. Friends With You

6. 60 Second Song For A Bank, With The Phrase "May We Help You Today?"

7. Blow Up Your TV (Spanish Pipe Dream)

8. All Of My Memories

9. She Won't Let Me Fly Away

10. Readjustment Blues

11. The Eagle And The Hawk

12. Tools

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Track List: Rhymes And Reasons

1. The Love Of The Common People

2. Catch Another Butterfly

4. The Ballad Of Spiro Agnew

5. Circus

6. When I'm Sixty-Four

8. Rhymes And Reasons

9. Yellow Cat

10. Leaving On A Jet Plane

11. (You Dun Stomped) My Heart

12. My Old Man

14. Today Is The First Day Of The Rest Of My Life (Sugacity)

15. Rusty Green

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Track List: Falling Leaves (The Refugees) (Radio Single)

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Track List: Homegrown

Disc 1

1. Take Me Home, Country Roads

2. Homegrown Tomatoes

3. Eagles & Horses

4. Ponies

5. High, Wide, & Handsome

6. Hold On To Me

7. Whispering Jesse

8. Never A Doubt

9. Eagle & The Hawk

10. I Watch You Sleeping

11. For You

Disc 2

1. Windsong

2. Annie's Song

3. Potter's Wheel

4. Two Different Directions

5. Chained To The Wheel

6. A Country Girl In Paris

7. All This Joy

8. Thanks To You

9. The Gift You Are

10. I Want To Live

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he flys like an eagle know wow what apart of my life he was rob
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dodea48
which does not belong and why -- experimental , aircraft, singer
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tjarrell15
Nice cover of a JT classic (and weird to hear it in his voice given his own sad and untimely demise via airplane). People love to bag on him but JD was a good soul and talented musician.
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bryanbiomet
I bet "zorro" on here has contributed a great deal to the world.....ja c k a s s
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Didn't care for his music back in the day, likely because he was everywhere all the time. But, I have to admit, his voice is growing on me, and I really admire him as a person.
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What a great man and artist...Had his greatest hits album in 1973....wow!
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One year the Chicago Theater's season included a John Denver concert. While not a fan at the time, I went to see him since I had tickets. I wasn't expecting much, but what a concert! At first came out and solo, playing his guitar...he was amazing! One of the few singers who sounded better in person than on his recordings. Likely the best concert I ever went to! A friend of mine once drove him to the airport after an event & said he was the nicest person. He even carried his own luggage.
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sheldonrs
One of the best concerts I ever attended. Love all his albums and love the Perhaps Love album he produced and performed on with Placido Domingo.
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The original montage and story behind writing of Calypso if you're interested. I remember it well. https://www. y o u t u b e . c o m / w a t c h ? v = r q i H M 7 X 6 B A w
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greenwillow
candikissest e s s - - Calypso is the name of the boat conservation i s t Jean-Jacques Cousteau sailed learning and teaching about our fragile oceans. Google him. :)
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love love love this song idk what it is about JD but he sings with so much emotion :)
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delia.holt
At a beginning line of a song my heart skips a beat, so happy to hear from a song like an old friend, yet tearful also a treasured voice, heart, and smile that for me had no equal.
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Listening to his golden voice, it always brings both a smile and a tear in my eyes. I am sure with his angelic voice he is performing in heaven
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Love his music and always will...
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He was and still is my favorite singer. I saw his last concert in Baltimore before his tragic death. I will be listening to his music until I die
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Thank God Imma Country Boy!
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piperangus
He was taken from us way too soon. I still adore his music today as much as I did when I first discovered him as a teen. He may be gone, but never, ever forgotten.
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thanesmommy
He is a great guy and i love his songs
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marv69tymes
Had I known there was a John Denver radio I been listen to it a long time ago !!! Thank you.
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would like to hear more from john denver
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. And it will take the first place for a few weeks of a few years and it will take place on my mind and body of work on a Saturday afternoon with my life I live on a Saturday afternoon with my life I live on my mind and body of work on a few weeks of a few years back and the right way too many of these things to be the same as I am so glad you
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My first concert was seeing John Denver...I have loved him ever since! There will never be another like him. He died way too young :-(
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trudy.woodwo r t h 2 1
love the Lineman song!
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Calypso, is so unique. I feel like I am sailing on water. So free, not a care in the world. The wind blowing my hair, and the sunshine kissing my face. Thank you so much for your amazing music John. It will live on Forever, And Forever!!❤️❤
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Listening to Calypso
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John Denver will be the best
Artist when I was a kid I am 50and l still love him��✌��
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:) ;) LOVE IT
I would give you a day just like today
Forever, sunshine
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There are always those "unique" singers who capture our heart. John Denver was that for me. I had every album I could get my hands on, & I listened to him constantly. He was such a remarkable human being! After his plane crash I could not listen to him for "years". I have deeply missed him. I need to bring him back into my life. I know his music lives, & will continue to live on.
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Yeeeeeeeeeee e e e e e e e e e e e e e e e e e e e e e Haw'a yeeeeeeeeeee e e e e e e e e e e e e Haw'a
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Oh, cmon al the mover, why say nothing when you had the stage?
So non John Denveresque
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Just LISTEN to the words of r.m.high. Awesome tune ,,:)
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Calypso makes me want to literally fly..my first cassette was John Denver.love the music.good man. :)
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I live on a farm. I wish life was this easy day to day!
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Priceless memories from early 70's
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I STLL FOLLOW HIM WHERE EVER -----I CAN LISTEN---
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audreysculth o r p e
I FOLLOW HIM WHEVER HE IS SINGING ALBUMS-----
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His music reminds me of my childhood because my mom introduced me to songs like calypso and for you and Annie's song at such a young age.
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The album Windsong is nearly perfect. Especially Calypso & Fly Away. Song of Wyoming is another favorite.
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Always great to hear any of his songs, they are indeed timeless
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Calypso was Jacques Cousteau's ship
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I LOVE YOUR SONGS
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Such a great musician
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Always come back to his music!
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Never sang a song I didn't like. Tragic loss to the music world.
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I love his voice and music, from when I can remember. He is with GOD.
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The Blue Ridge mountains really look blue.
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