If you know me, you know that i have a major crush on John Denver. Just look at these puppy dog eyes.
I close my eyes and daydream of being on the back of this horse.. balmy breezes and he’s bellowing CALYPSO or ANNIE’S SONG. I don’t care, laugh if you must. This album is folk gold, that no one can deny. A tragic loss for us all the day he went down in his plane.
Did you know he was an accomplished photographer? Some of his photos are on his gorgeous website john denver website. And here’s one of them:
And check out how hot he was (when not in his hippie John Lennon phase):
No John Denver contribution on here would be complete without listing some of his zillion awards from dedicating his life to Nature, the Arts and people. I stole this from WIKI:
Henry John Deutschendorf, Jr. (December 31, 1943 – October 12, 1997), known professionally as John Denver, was an American singer/songwriter, activist, and humanitarian. After growing up in numerous locations with his military family, Denver began his music career in folk music groups in the late 1960s. His greatest commercial success was as a solo singer. Throughout his life Denver recorded and released approximately 300 songs, about 200 of which he composed. He performed primarily with an acoustic guitar and sang about his joy in nature, his enthusiasm for music, and relationship trials. Denver’s music appeared on a variety of charts including country & western, the Billboard Hot 100, and adult contemporary, in all earning him 12 gold and 4 platinum albums with his signature songs “Sunshine on My Shoulders“, “Take Me Home, Country Roads“, “Leaving on a Jet Plane“, “Rocky Mountain High“, “Annie’s Song” and “Calypso“. Denver further starred in films and several notable television specials in the 1970s and 1980s. In the following decades 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 censorship in music. He is 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, and influenced the governor to name him Poet Laureate of the state in 1974. The Colorado state legislature also adopted “Rocky Mountain High” as one of its state songs in 2007. He was an avid pilot, and died while flying his personal aircraft at the age of 53. Denver was one of the most popular acoustic artists of the 1970s.
With Denver’s innate love of flying he was naturally attracted to NASA and became dedicated to America’s work in outer space. He conscientiously worked to help bring into being the “Citizens in Space” program. 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.
- John Denver and The Muppets Twelve Days Of Christmas (pinkbananaworld.com)