John Denver

~ Person

Legal name: Henry John Deutschendorf, Jr.


Henry John Deutschendorf, Jr. (December 31, 1943 – October 12, 1997), known professionally as John Denver, was an American musician, singer-songwriter, record producer, activist, actor, and humanitarian, whose greatest commercial success was as a solo singer, starting in the 1970s. He was one of the most popular acoustic artists of the decade and one of its best-selling artists. By 1974, he was firmly established as America's best-selling performer, and AllMusic has described Denver as "among the most beloved entertainers of his era". 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. Throughout his life, Denver recorded and released approximately 300 songs, about 200 of which he composed, with total sales of over 33 million.

He recorded and performed primarily with an acoustic guitar and sang about his joy in nature, his enthusiasm for music, and his relationship trials. Denver's music appeared on a variety of charts, including country music, the Billboard Hot 100, and adult contemporary, in all earning him twelve gold and four platinum albums with his signature songs "Take Me Home, Country Roads", "Annie's Song", "Rocky Mountain High", "Thank God I'm a Country Boy", and "Sunshine on My Shoulders".

Denver further starred in films and several notable television specials in the 1970s and 1980s. In the following decade, he continued to record, but also focused on calling attention to environmental issues, lent his vocal support to space exploration, and testified in front of Congress to protest against censorship in music. He was known for his love of the state of Colorado, which he sang about numerous times. He lived in Aspen, Colorado, for much of his life. He was named Poet laureate of the state in 1974. The Colorado state legislature also adopted "Rocky Mountain High" as one of its state songs in 2007. Denver was an avid pilot and died in a single-fatality crash of his personal experimental aircraft at the age of 53.

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Album + Compilation

Year Title Artist RatingReleases
Goodbye Again John Denver 1
Greatest Country Hits John Denver 1
Greatest Country Songs John Denver 1
His Greatest Hits and Finest Performances John Denver 1
In Memory Of John Denver 1
Legendary John Denver John Denver 1
Love Songs John Denver 1
Love Songs & Poetry John Denver 1
Poems, Prayers and Promises / Farewell Andromeda John Denver 1
Sing Australia John Denver 1
Take Me Home, Country Roads & Other Hits John Denver 1
The Best of John Denver John Denver 1
The Collection John Denver 1
Two Different Directions John Denver 1
Very Best Of John Denver John Denver 1

Album + Live

Year Title Artist RatingReleases
1974 An Evening with John Denver John Denver 6
1976 Live in London John Denver 2
1977 Live at the Sydney Opera House John Denver 3
1995 The Wildlife Concert John Denver 1
1996 Christmas in Concert John Denver 1
1997 The Best of John Denver Live John Denver 1
2002 The Harbor Lights Concert John Denver 1
2003 Annie's Song John Denver 1
1987-10-12: Live at Cedar Rapids John Denver 1
John Denver - Live in the U.S.S.R. John Denver 1
Live John Denver 2

Album + Soundtrack

Year Title Artist RatingReleases
1983 Rocky Mountain Holiday John Denver & The Muppets 1
Montana Christmas Skies John Denver 1
Take Me Home: The John Denver Story John Denver 1


Year Title Artist RatingReleases
1973 Sunshine on My Shoulders John Denver 1
1974 Annie's Song John Denver 1

Unspecified type

Year Title Artist RatingReleases
Greatest Hits John Denver 1
Portrait John Denver 1


Year Title Artist RatingReleases
2004 A Song’s Best Friend: The Very Best of John Denver John Denver 1

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