John Denver


John Denver, hand-drawn performing on May 26, 1972, age 29.

Henry John Deutschendorf Jr., known professionally as John Denver, was an American guitarist, singer, composer, actor, humanitarian, and environmentalist.
He is known for popularizing acoustic folk music in the 1970s as part of the ongoing singer-songwriter movement of the mid-to-late 20th century.

At age 11, Denver received an acoustic guitar from his grandmother. He learned to play well enough to perform at local clubs by the time he was in college.
He decided to change his name when Randy Sparks, founder of the New Christy Minstrels, suggested that ‘Deutschendorf’ would not fit comfortably on a marquee.

Denver attended Texas Tech University in Lubbock and became a member of Delta Tau Delta fraternity.
Denver dropped out of Texas Tech in 1963 and moved to Los Angeles, where he sang in folk clubs. In 1965, he joined The Chad Mitchell Trio, replacing founder Chad Mitchell.

In 1967 he had made a self-produced demo recording of some of the songs he played at his concerts.
It included a song he had written called “Babe, I Hate to Go”, later renamed “Leaving on a Jet Plane”.

Milt Okun, who produced records for The Chad Mitchell Trio and folk group Peter, Paul and Mary, had become Denver’s producer as well.
Okun brought the unreleased “Jet Plane” song to Peter, Paul and Mary. Their rendition hit number one on the Billboard Hot 100.

Denver’s album, Poems, Prayers & Promises (1971), was a breakthrough for him in the United States, thanks in part to the single “Take Me Home, Country Roads”, which went to No. 2 on the Billboard charts.

In 1972, he had his first Top Ten album with Rocky Mountain High, with its title track reaching the Top Ten in 1973.

Denver recorded and released approximately 300 songs, about 200 of which he composed.
He earned 12 gold and four platinum albums with his signature songs “Take Me Home, Country Roads”, “Poems, Prayers & Promises”, “Annie’s Song”, “Rocky Mountain High”, “Calypso”, “Thank God I’m a Country Boy”, and “Sunshine on My Shoulders”.

He lived in Aspen for much of his life, and he was known for his love of Colorado. In 1974, Denver was named poet laureate of the state.

An avid pilot, Denver was killed in a single-fatality crash while piloting a recently purchased experimental light plane on October 12, 1997 in Monterey Bay, near Pacific Grove, California at age 53.

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