Country Singer — John Denver

John Denver (31 December 1943 – 12 October 1997), born Henry John Deutschendorf, Jr., was a singer country, composer, musician and American actor. Denver died at 53 years of age on the coast of Monterey, California when flying a Long-EZ Rutan, an experimental aircraft fiberglass.


* 1 Early years

* 2 Career

* 3 Death

* 4 Related artists

* 5 Discography

o 5.1 Legacy recordings

o 5.2 Windstar Records

* 6 Important songs

* 7 External links

Early years

John Denver was born in Roswell, New Mexico. His father, Henry Deutschendorf, SR., was an officer of air forces and flight instructor. Denver was born when his father was at the Roswell Army Air Field. Grew up in numerous bases of the American Southwest. Denver entered high school in Fort Worth, Texas and later at Texas Tech, where he was a member of the Delta Tau Delta fraternity.

Their introduction into the world of music came to the age of twelve when his grandmother gave him a guitar 1910 Gibson. Began performing in local clubs while still in college. In 1964 he left College and moved to Los Angeles, California to join the Chad Mitchell Trio, a folk group. Left the group, by then known as Denver, Boise and Johnson, in 1969 to start a solo career.

This year released their first LP, Rhymes and Reasons. During the four years following albums like Whose Garden Was This, Take Me to Tomorrow and Poems, Prayers and Promises he established himself as a star of American popular song.


Denver had a successful career as a singer and composer, and a younger actor – his most notable film made in 1977, career was Oh, God!. In 1994, he wrote an autobiography entitled Take me home. Moved to Aspen, Colorado chasing his first successful solo with Leaving on a Jet Plane.

Denver is not only known as a singer, it is for his humanitarian work. He worked extensively on conservation projects and helped create the Arctic National Wildlife Refuge in Alaska. He also founded his own environmental group named Windstar Foundation. Denver also had much interest in the causes and solutions of hunger, and visited Africa in the 1980s to witness firsthand the suffering caused by hunger and to work with African leaders behind a solution. Denver testified alongside Frank Zappa and Dee Snider in a matter of censorship at a hearing of the PMRC in 1985.

After a pleasant experience in The Muppet Show, recorded two other special with dolls: John Denver and the Muppets: A Christmas Together (1979) and John Denver and the Muppets: Rocky Mountain Holiday (1982). Defying all conventional labels, John Denver occupied a unique place in American music: a composer whose immense popular work who inhabited the natural world. Songs like Take Me Home, Country Roads, Leaving on a Jet Plane or Rocky Mountain High are famous throughout the world. The characteristics of their songs are: a sweet melody, an elegant guitar accompaniment and a genuine belief in their lyrics. He was one of the few Western singers known beyond Europe, including Africa, India and Southeast Asia.

In the months immediately prior to his death in a plane crash in 1997 at the age of 53 was recording an episode of Nature Series, focused on natural wonders, the inspiration of his most beloved songs. The result is a poignant and melodic film posted his recent travels to the wilderness and contains your Yellowstone, Coming Home, composed song while sailing on the Colorado River with his son and her small daughter.


Denver had two passions in life: the music and fly. As an experienced pilot, Denver had its own Lear Jet, gliders and flew in acrobatic planes and sometimes an F-15. This passion for air cost Denver life when fell into the sea in its recently acquired Long-EZ Rutan on 12 October 1997.

The mishap occurred during a solo flight crashed in the vicinity of a beach of the Pacific Ocean, near Pacific Grove, California.

Your flight had started it at 17: 12 UTC Time in the Pacific, and the tragedy was estimated occurred at 17: 28 UTC, about 15 to 16 minutes after take-off.

The media published versions contrary to the cause of the accident, where they were in fact multiple causes serious mishap (which is common in air accidents), and ultimately a pilot by not adequately prepare flight on an airplane pilot error or unfamiliar to him to try switching to the right tank error and inadvertently placing the aircraft in a steep terrain.

The accident report highlighted the following factors:

* Denver began flight knowing that the tanks were low fuel but neglected to fill them, thinking that it would be a one-hour journey.

* The fuel selector was located in a place little common, difficult to reach by the pilot.

* The fuel selector had no marks, and was based on the instinct of the pilot.

* Views of gasoline were nonlinear and not marked, giving as a result did not have the intuition of fuel measure.

* It is likely the aircraft left tank fuel to consume during the first hour of flight.

* Denver should have loosened his harness and twisted body to achieve the fuel selector.

* To do this is likely that Denver inadvertently pisara right rudder.

* With pressed rudder pedal, the aircraft would have precipitated into a steep terrain.

* Denver was concerned to try to change to another tank and recover energy from the engine. To do this did not detect the Bank to which approached.

* The aircraft fell into the Ocean before Denver could regain control.

The accident of Denver has helped change the security systems in small aircraft. The life of Denver was honored in the Presbyterian Church of faith in Aurora, Colorado, on 17 October 1997.

Related artists

Denver began his career with the Chad Mitchell Trio; his distinctive voice could be heard in the songs that would sing just like Violets of Dawn. He recorded three albums with Mitchel Trio, replacing Chad Mitchell as leader of the group. Their Denver, Boise and Johnson Group launched a single before he began his solo career. Bill Danoff and Taffy Nivert appear as singers and composers of many Denver albums before the Starland Vocal Band formed in 1976. Albums of the band were published with the Denver Windstar seal. The first successful solo Denver was Leaving on a Jet Plane, which was recorded by Peter, Paul and Mary. This was the greatest success of the group. Denver recorded songs of Tom Paxton, Eric Andersen, David Mallet and many other folk scene, as well as with tenor Plácido Domingo.


In 1969 – chronological order 1991 (publications in the United States)

RCA Records

* Rhymes & Reasons – 1969 †

* Take Me To Tomorrow – 1970

* Whose Garden Was This? -1970

* Poems, Prayers, and Promises – 1971 †

* Aerie – 1972

* Rocky Mountain High – 1972 †

* Farewell – 1973

* Greatest Hits – 1973 ††

* Back Home Again – 1974 †

* An Evening with John Denver (live) – 1975

* Windsong – 1975 †

* Rocky Mountain Christmas – 1975 †

* Spirit – 1976

* Greatest hits vol. 2-1977

* I Want To Live – 1977

* John Denver (JD) – 1978

* To Christmas Together (with The Muppets) – 1979

* Autograph – 1980

* Some Days Are Diamonds – 1981

* Seasons of the Heart – 1982

* It’s About Time – 1983

* Rocky Mountain Holiday (with The Muppets) – 1983

* Greatest hits vol. 3-1984

* Dreamland Express – 1985

* One World – 1986

Windstar Records

* Higher Ground – 1989

* Earth Songs – 1990

* The Flower That Shattered the Stone – 1990

* Christmas, Like a Lullaby – 1990

* Different Directions – 1991

†Álbumes considered his most important works. ††El first Greatest Hits was historically important because it contained new recordings of several of its most successful themes.

Important songs

* “Leaving On a Jet Plane” (1969) first made success by Peter, Paul and Mary.

* “Take Me Home, Country Roads” (1971) – written by Denver with Bill and Taffy Nivert. Became the anthem de facto of West Virginia, although not officially.

* “Sunshine On My Shoulders” (1971), written by Denver with Dick Kniss and Mike Taylor.

* “Rocky Mountain High” (1972), written by Denver with Mike Taylor. The song became the anthem de facto Colorado.

* “Annie’s Song”, written in 1974, for his wife Annie. It is very popular among amateurs Sheffield United, who made his unofficial anthem. Melody reminiscent of the officer.

* “For Baby (For Bobby)”

* “Thank God I m a Country Boy” (1974), written by John Sommers – gained popularity among fans of the Baltimore Orioles.

* “Matthew”

* “Calypso” (1975) – musical tribute to Jacques-Yves Cousteau and his crew. Winning money was donated to the Cousteau Society.

* “Perhaps Love” (1981) – Duet recorded with Plácido Domingo.

* “Don’t Close Your Eyes Tonight” (1985)

* “Starwood in Aspen”

* “Aspenglow”

* “Rhymes and Reasons”

All are written by John Denver less scored exceptions.

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