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John Denver

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John Denver

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Category: Music

Born in 1943.

Countries: United States (43%), Colorado (33%), United Kingdom (6%)

Education: undef.

Main connections: Colorado, California, Joni Mitchell

Linked to: Arlington Heights High School, Democratic Party, Gustavus Adolphus College, Republican Party

 

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John Denver was born in 1943 add something


1950

James Burton - Since the 1950s, Burton has recorded and performed with an array of notable singers, including Bob Luman, Dale Hawkins, Ricky Nelson, Elvis Presley, Johnny Cash, Merle Haggard, Glen Campbell, John Denver, Gram Parsons, Emmylou Harris, Judy Collins, Jerry Lee Lewis, Claude King, Elvis Costello, Joe Osborn, Roy Orbison, Joni Mitchell, Vince Gill, Suzi Quatro and Allen "Puddler" Harris


1960

After traveling and living in numerous locations while growing up in his military family, Denver began his music career in folk music groups in the late 1960s add something


1963

Denver dropped out of the Texas Tech School of Engineering in 1963, and moved to Los Angeles, California, where he sang in folk clubs add something


1965

In 1965, Denver joined the Chad Mitchell Trio, a folk group that had been renamed "The Mitchell Trio" prior to Chad Mitchell's departure and before Denver's arrival, and "Denver, Boise, and Johnson" add something


1968

The couple lived in Edina, Minnesota, from 1968 to 1971 add something


1970

Also in demand are copies of Denver's many television appearances, especially his one-hour specials from the 1970s and his six-part series for Britain's BBC, "The John Denver Show" add something

 

Denver further starred in films and several notable television specials in the 1970s and 1980s add something

 

Denver hosted the Grammy Awards five times in the 1970s and 1980s and guest-hosted "The Tonight Show" on multiple occasions add something

 

Denver recorded two more albums in 1970, "Take Me to Tomorrow" and "Whose Garden Was This", including a mix of songs he had written and cover versions of other artists' compositions add something

 

Denver was one of the most popular acoustic artists of the 1970s add something

 

He had a few more U.S. Top 30 hits as the 1970s ended, but nothing to match his earlier success add something

 

In the 1970s, Denver's onstage appearance included long blond hair, embroidered shirts emblazoned with images commonly associated with the American West , and "granny" glasses add something

 

Its success was due in part to the efforts of his new manager, future Hollywood producer Jerry Weintraub, who signed Denver in 1970 add something

 

Jerry Weintraub - Before turning to films, Weintraub's largest entertainment success was as the personal manager of singer and actor John Denver whom he signed in 1970

 

Sid Feller - He worked as the musical arranger for "The Flip Wilson Show" in the early 1970s and on specials for John Denver, Andy Williams and Pat Boone amongst others

 

Tom Paxton - His song "Whose Garden Was This", an environmentalist anthem written for the first Earth Day, was later recorded by John Denver and became the title track of Denver's 1970 album

 

Contemporary folk music - Starting in the 1970s folk music was fueled by new singer-songwriters such as Joni Mitchell and John Denver

 

Contemporary folk music - Starting in the 1970s folk music was fueled by new singer-songwriters such as Steve Goodman, John Prine, Emmylou Harris, Joni Mitchell, John Denver, and many more


1972

In 1972, Denver scored his first Top Ten album with "Rocky Mountain High", with its title track reaching the Top Ten in 1973 add something

 

John Berry (singer) - Berry began learning the guitar in 1972 , he has named influences such as James Taylor, Harry Chapin, and, his favourite, John Denver


1974

Annie was the subject of his hit "Annie's Song", which he composed in only ten minutes while on a ski lift in 1974 add something

 

Between 1974 and 1975, Denver experienced an impressive chart dominance, with a string of four No.1 songs and three No.1 albums add something

 

He collected vintage biplanes, and in 1974, he bought a Learjet, which he used to fly himself to concerts add something

 

He lived in Aspen, Colorado, for much of his life, and influenced the governor to name him Poet Laureate of the state in 1974 add something


1975

In 1975, Denver was awarded the Country Music Association's Entertainer of the Year award add something

 

Baltimore Orioles - It has been an Orioles tradition since 1975 to play John Denver's "Thank God I'm a Country Boy" during the seventh inning stretch


1976

Bill Danoff and Taffy Nivert, credited as co-writers of Denver's song "Take Me Home, Country Roads", were close friends of Denver and his family, appearing as singers and songwriters on many of Denver's albums until they formed the Starland Vocal Band in 1976 add something

 

He founded the charitable Windstar Foundation in 1976, to promote sustainable living add something

 

In 1976, John Denver appeared as a guest star, along with Olivia Newton-John, who made a cameo appearance, on The Carpenters Very First Special, a one-hour TV special broadcast on the ABC television network add something

 

In 1976, he campaigned for Jimmy Carter, who became a close friend and ally add something

 

Weintraub explained to Maureen Orth of "Newsweek" in December 1976, "I knew the critics would never go for John add something

 

Bill Danoff - In 1976, at the height of Starland Vocal Band's and John Denver's popularity, they met with current Cathedral High students and appeared together that night at a concert at the Springfield, Massachusetts Civic Center


1977

In 1977, Denver cofounded The Hunger Project with Werner Erhard and Robert W. Fuller add something

 

"Around the World Live" is a 5-disc DVD set featuring three complete live performances with full band from Australia in 1977, Japan in 1981, and England in 1986 add something

 

Robert W. Fuller - In 1977, Fuller co-founded The Hunger Project, along with Werner Erhard and John Denver

 

James Burton - Just before Presley died in 1977, Burton was called to play on a John Denver television special


1979

In 1979, Denver performed "Rhymes & Reasons" at the Music for UNICEF Concert add something

 

Donna Summer - In 1979, Summer performed at the world-televised Music for UNICEF Concert, joining contemporaries such as ABBA, Olivia Newton-John, the Bee Gees, Andy Gibb, Rod Stewart, John Denver, Earth, Wind & Fire, Rita Coolidge and Kris Kristofferson for a TV special that raised funds and awareness for the world's children

 

Barry Manilow - On May 23, 1979, ABC aired "The Third Barry Manilow Special," with John Denver as his guest


1980

Denver had battled to expand the refuge in the 1980s, and he praised President Bill Clinton for his opposition to the proposed drilling add something

 

Denver's criticism of the conservative politics of the 1980s was expressed in his autobiographical folk-rock ballad "Let Us Begin add something

 

During the 1980s, Denver was critical of the Ronald Reagan Presidential Administration, but he remained active in his campaign against hunger, for which Reagan awarded Denver the Presidential World Without Hunger Award in 1985 add something

 

He visited Africa during the 1980s to witness first-hand the suffering caused by starvation and to work with African leaders toward solutions add something

 

Bobby Goldsboro - Goldsboro's "The Cowboy and The Lady" became a "Top 10" country hit as "The Cowgirl and The Dandy" for Brenda Lee in 1980; Dolly Parton had covered it in 1977, and John Denver had a hit with the song in 1981

 

West Virginia University - In 1980 John Denver performed his hit song "Take Me Home, Country Roads" at the dedication of Mountaineer Field, and it has since become tradition for fans to remain in the stands following every Mountaineer victory and sing the song with the players


1981

Placido Domingo - In 1981 Domingo gained considerable recognition outside of the opera world when he recorded the song "Perhaps Love" as a duet with the late American country/folk music singer John Denver

 

Dick Feller - In 1981, John Denver recorded a pop country hit with Feller's "Some Days Are Diamonds ", which Bobby Bare had earlier recorded

 

Jerry Carrigan - Through his association with Grammy-winning Nashville producer Larry Butler, he worked with Sammy Davis, Jr., Don McLean, Nana Mouskouri, Kenny Rogers, Paul Anka, Bobby Vinton, Steve and Eydie, Debby Boone, Wayne Newton, and John Denver, with whom he toured between 1981 and 1990


1982

Denver and Annie Martell divorced in 1982 and the ensuing property settlement caused Denver to become so enraged he nearly choked his ex-wife, used a chainsaw to cut the marital bed in half add something


1983

In 1983 and 1984, Denver hosted the annual Grammy Awards add something

 

In the 1983 finale, Denver was joined on stage by folk-music legend Joan Baez with whom he led an all-star version of "Blowin' in the Wind" and "Let The Sunshine In", joined by such diverse musical icons as Jennifer Warnes, Donna Summer, and Rick James add something


1984

In 1984, Roone Arledge, president of ABC Sports, asked Denver to compose and sing the theme song for the 1984 Winter Olympics in Sarajevo add something

 

These are complemented by a solo acoustic performance from Japan in 1984, and performances at Farm Aid from 1985, 1987 and 1990 add something


1985

Denver received the NASA Public Service Medal, in 1985 for helping to increase awareness of space exploration by the peoples of the world, an award usually restricted to spaceflight engineers and designers add something

 

Denver testified before the Senate Labor and Commerce Committee on the topic of censorship during a Parents Music Resource Center hearing in 1985 add something

 

In 1985, Denver asked to participate in the singing of "We Are the World", but was turned down add something

 

To mark the 10th anniversary of Denver's death, his family released a set of previously unreleased recordings of Denver's 1985 concert performances in the Soviet Union add something


1986

Alexander Gradsky - His collaboration with John Denver, with whom he performed the 1986 song "Let us Begin


1990

Denver was critical of the Republican-dominated Congress and American Conservatism of the 1990s add something


1991

Denver and Delaney separated in 1991 and divorced in 1993 add something


1992

In October 1992, John undertook a multiple-city tour of the People's Republic of China add something


1993

In 1993, Denver pleaded guilty to a drunken driving charge, and was placed on probation add something


1994

In 1994, he published his autobiography, "Take Me Home", in which he candidly spoke of his marijuana, LSD, and cocaine use, his marital infidelities, history of domestic violence, and a suicide attempt in a London hotel room add something

 

In August 1994, while still on probation, he was again charged with misdemeanor driving under the influence after crashing his Porsche into a tree in Aspen, Colorado add something


1996

In 1996, nearly a year before the accident, the Federal Aviation Administration had learned of Denver's failure to abstain entirely from alcohol after his drunk driving arrests, and had previously revoked his medical certification add something

 

The letter, which he wrote in the midst of the 1996 presidential election, was one of the last he ever wrote add something


1997

He bought a Christen Eagle aerobatic plane, two Cessna 210 and in 1997, an experimental, amateur-built Rutan Long-EZ add something

 

In early 1997, Denver filmed an episode for the "Nature" series, centering on the natural wonders that inspired many of his best-loved songs add something


John Denver died in 1997 add something

 

Though a jury trial in July 1997 resulted in a hung jury on the second DUI charge, prosecutors later decided to reopen the case, which was closed only after Denver's accidental death in October 1997 add something

 

On October 12, 1997, Denver was killed at the age of 53 when his experimental Rutan Long-EZ plane, aircraft registration number N555JD, crashed into the Pacific Ocean near Pacific Grove, California, while making a series of touch-and-go landings at the nearby Monterey Peninsula Airport add something

 

Funeral services were held at Faith Presbyterian Church in Aurora, Colorado, on October 17, 1997, being officiated by Pastor Les Felker, a retired Air Force chaplain add something


1998

Chantal Kreviazuk - In 1998, Kreviazuk scored her only international hit to date with a cover of "Leaving on a Jet Plane", a song written by John Denver and popularized by Peter, Paul and Mary


1999

Permission was finally granted in 1999, but the project was put on hold at the request of the singer's family add something


2001

Lynn Parsons - In 2001, Parsons' show received two hours of phone calls after rival Virgin Radio DJ Jon Holmes requested that his listeners call Parsons to request John Denver's Annie's Song be played


2002

These digital recordings were made during 11 concerts, and rediscovered in 2002 add something


2006

Sophie Barker - Barker was featured in a 2006 British Airways UK television campaign, singing a cover version of John Denver's "Leaving on a Jet Plane"


2007

The Colorado state legislature adopted "Rocky Mountain High" as one of its state songs in 2007 add something

 

On March 12, 2007, the Colorado Senate passed a resolution to make Denver's trademark 1972 hit "Rocky Mountain High" one of the state's two official state songs, sharing duties with its predecessor, "Where the Columbines Grow" add something

 

On September 23, 2007, nearly ten years after his death, his brother Ron witnessed the dedication of a plaque placed near the crash-site in Pacific Grove, California, commemorating the singer add something

 

On September 24, 2007, the California Friends of John Denver and The Windstar Foundation unveiled a bronze plaque near the spot where his plane went down near Pacific Grove, California add something

 

The collection was released November 6, 2007 add something


2008

September 2008 saw the premiere of the musical "Whisper the Wind" in New Zealand, a tribute presentation covering highlights of Denver's life and career, with the younger Denver played by 21-year-old Dunedin musician Bevan Gardiner, whose vocal impersonation of the late singer was considered so accurate Denver's business manager Harold Thau could not tell them apart add something


2009

On October 13, 2009, a DVD box set of previously unreleased concerts recorded throughout Denver's career was released by Eagle Rock Entertainment add something


2011

On April 21, 2011, John Denver became the first inductee into the Colorado Music Hall of Fame add something


2012

Trevelyan College - Ratified in 2012, the official college song is sung to the tune of John Denver's Take Me Home, Country Roads:


2014

On March 7, 2014, the West Virginia Legislature approved a resolution to make Take Me Home, Country Roads the official state song of West Virginia add something

 

On October 24, 2014, Denver was awarded a star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame in Hollywood, California, which was accepted by his children Zachary and Jesse add something