Two for Tuesday: John Denver

First: John Denver is no relation to Bob Denver from Gilligan’s Island and The Many Loves of Dobie Gillis. John’s actual last name is Deutschendorf, which explains why he changed it to Denver. That, and he was really into Colorado. He placed four songs in the Top Ten during the early Seventies for a total of 26 weeks there. He had two #1’s, both in 1974.

His first #1 was “Sunshine On My Shoulders,” which was released in late 1973 and reached the Top Ten in March 1974.

His second was “Annie’s Song,” which reached the Top Ten in June.

John had a long and successful career from the Sixties to the Nineties, in film and television as well as his recordings. He died in 1997 when the plane he was flying crashed into the Pacific Ocean.

John Denver, your Two for Tuesday, May 16, 2017.

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Author: John Holton

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25 thoughts on “Two for Tuesday: John Denver”

  1. Wow…excellent choices today! I love John Denver. The first one was my niece’s favourite song. Dewey passed away at age 8; she was our god-daughter. We had this played at her service. tears The second song, well, that is me! He was amazing. Thank you for this!

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  2. Love John Denver. He did a song entitled, ” Some Days are Diamonds, Some Days are Stone,” that Loretta and I especially liked because of the philosophy expressed. I don’t know whether he wrote that one or not.

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    1. I never saw the movie other than short clips, but it looked interesting. George Burns was the perfect choice to play God in that one.

      I saw the Pipes, Drums and Regimental Band of the Black Watch in concert years ago, and at intermission they marched off to “Country Roads.” You haven’t lived until you’ve heard that song played on the bagpipes…

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  3. Oh I so love John Denver! Such a tragic ending to a well-loved man and a talented artist. Annie’s Song makes me swoon, the melody. So good. And I loved his Take Me Home Country Roads.
    Thanks John. I needed a good dose of John Denver!

    Michele at Angels Bark

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    1. Remember the Doonesbury cartoon, where Duke couldn’t stand “Rocky Mountain High”? That and “Thank God I’m A Country Boy” are EBS Specials to me…

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  4. He defined my high school years. I performed “Annie’s Song” onstage (accompanying myself on piano), the boy I loved looked like JD, and I’d memorized the words to every single song. Yes, he was corny, but what a talent. What a gift.

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  5. John Denver was so good…great voice and he seemed amiable despite that he may have had a drinking problem. I remember watching him perform with, I think, the Boston Pops, just before he died…it was excellent.

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