Music / John Denver

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You fill up my senses,
Like a night in a forest,
Like the mountains in springtime,
Like a walk in the rain,
Like a storm in the desert,
Like a sleepy blue ocean,
You fill up my senses,
Come fill me again.
"Annie's Song"

John Denver (December 31, 1943 October 12, 1997) was an American singer and songwriter whose music was a mixture of country, folk, western and folk rock influences. He was also an actor and later in life (inspired by his love of nature) an advocate for the environment. One of the best selling artists of the The '70s in the USA, his success waned somewhat in the eighties and nineties but he retained a solid fanbase. He also earned the respect of Dee Snider (of Twisted Sister), amongst others, by confounding expectations during his testimony at the PRMC hearings in 1985. The committee obviously expected Denver to side with them, Denver being seen as a non-rebellious "safe" artist with a very wholesome image and non-threatening persona and music. Denver, very politely but nevertheless forcefully, rebuked the committee's attempts to censor music, stood up for artistic freedom and pointed out that his own song, "Rocky Mountain High" (about his love of nature and the "high" he got from being outdoors in the stunning Rocky Mountains), had in fact been banned on certain radio stations as a drug promoting song.

Denver's personal life was darker than his music - he was married and divorced twice and came close to choking his first wife during their breakup but fortunately came to his senses before any harm was done. He also had issues with alcohol in The '90s, twice being arrested for driving under the influence. Denver continued to write, record and perform the music he loved until his untimely death in a private plane crash in 1997. As usual The Other Wiki has an extensive article covering his life and career - [1].

Signature songs:

  • "Annie's Song" - [2]
  • "Thank God I'm a Country Boy" - [3]
  • "Take Me Home, Country Roads" - [4]
  • "Rocky Mountain High" - [5]
  • "Leaving on a Jet Plane" - [6]

Tropes

  • Ace Pilot: Denver was a skilled pilot who could fly both jets and piston engined aeroplanes, his fatal crash was attributed to his unfamiliarity with the experimental plane he was flying, an inadequate fuel load and awkwardly placed fuel tank controls.
  • The Alcoholic: Denver had problems with alcohol in The '90s and was technically disqualified from flying when he died in a plane crash.
  • Berserk Button: Denver was so enraged by the breakdown of his first marriage he took a chainsaw to their marital bed and sawed it completely in half.
  • Breakup Breakout: Denver was a member of folk group The Chad Mitchell Trio for a couple of years in The '60s but went on to far greater success as a solo artist.
  • Military Brat: Denver's father was a USAF pilot and he moved frequently in his youth.
  • Nature Lover: Denver loved the outdoors and nature and many of his songs were about the beauty of the wilderness.
  • Screw This, I'm Out of Here!: After one move too many, Denver stole his father's car and drove to California to join family friends. His father flew out to retrieve him.
  • Stage Name: His real name was Henry John Deutschendorf, Jr., he changed it to John Denver (after the capital city of Colorado where he lived for much of his life) after it was pointed out "Deutschendorf" would be hard to fit on a marquee.
  • What Do You Mean, It's Not Symbolic?: The aforementioned chainsaw/bed incident.
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