1943 - 1997
Born Henry John Deutschendorf in Rosewall, New Mexico in 1943, John Denver was a soft rock musician whose music was often flavored with country. He was considered a folk singer in the sixties and became a member of the Chad Mitchell Singers between 1965 through 1968.
As a songwriter, he not only wrote for himself but penned "Leaving on a Jet Plane" which was a big hit for Peter, Paul and Mary. Mary Travers of that group said of John: "If he had sung the telephone book you would have felt a sense of joy with it, because he would have sung it joyfully".
His first solo hit came in 1971 with "Take Me Home, Country Road", and was followed by memorable tunes such as "Rocky Mountain High", "Sunshine on My Shoulders", "Annie's Song", and so many more, and became well known for his environmental stand.
On August 19th, 1972 he became the first host of NBC-TV's "Midnight Special". The Theme of that program was to get young people to vote. John received an Emmy in 1975 for the TV Special: "An Evening with John Denver". He starred along side of George Burns in the movie "Oh God".
On October 12th, 1997 John Denver was lost
to us in a tragic accident.
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