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John Denver
Born: December 31, 1943 in Roswell, NM
Years Active: 60 ‘s, 70 ‘s, 80 ‘s, 90 ‘s

Biography:
One of the most popular recording artists of the 1970s, country-folk singer/songwriter John Denver’s gentle, environmentally conscious music established him among the most beloved entertainers of his era; wholesome and clean-cut, his appeal extended to fans of all ages and backgrounds, and led to parallel careers as both an actor and a humanitarian…

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Discography:

On Being Human
  Christmas Story
2007 Rocky Mountain High [Bonus Track]
2007 Back Home Again [Japan Bonus Tracks]
2006 Christmas Together [Laserlight 2006]

All Releases >> Filmography:

1999

Lady Liberty: A Musical Salute to America and Freedom
1998 Chad Mitchell Trio Reunion: Mighty Day
1997 Nature: John Denver – Let This Be a Voice
1997 Walking Thunder

One of the world’s best-known and best-loved performers, John Denver earned international acclaim as a songwriter, performer, actor, environmentalist and humanitarian. John’s music has spanned three decades, outlasted countless musical trends, and garnered numerous music awards and honors, including a 1996 Induction into the Songwriter’s Hall of Fame, and in 1993, the prestigious Albert Schweitzer Music award.The son of a U.S Air Force officer, John’s artistic journey began after the family moved to Tucson, where at age eleven, he was given his grandmother’s guitar. John eventually took up guitar lessons and joined a boy’s choir, which led him at age 20 to take matters into his own hands and pursue his dream of a career in music.In 1963 he struck out on his own, moving to Los Angeles to be in the heart of the burgeoning music scene. It was during this time that Henry John Deutschendorf Jr. was urged by friends to change his name if a recording career was to be in his future. His friends suggested the name John Sommerville, but he ultimately took his stage name from the beautiful Rocky Mountain capital city of Colorado, his home state. John Denver experienced his first major break in the music industry when he was chosen from 250 other hopefuls as lead singer for the popular Mitchell Trio. Two years and three albums later, John had honed his considerable vocal talent and developed his own song writing style. He soon gained recognition when his song Leaving On A Jet Plane was recorded by Peter, Paul and Mary, becoming their first and only Number One hit.Less than two years later, after the trio disbanded, John himself was climbing up the Pop charts with songs like “Take Me Home, Country Roads,” “Rocky Mountain High,” “Sunshine On My Shoulders,” “Annie’s Song,” “Back Home Again,” “Thank God I’m A Country Boy,” and “Calypso,” –solidifying his position as one of the top stars of the decade.Denver’s concert tours reached millions globally. The world embraced John – captivated by each new release, including 14 gold albums and 8 platinum albums in the U.S as well as numerous gold and platinum sales overseas  A separate and unique version of the song was recorded in Moscow as a duet with the well-known Soviet singer Alexandre Gradsky. That recording was the first time a Soviet artist was allowed to perform on a record with a major American singer. The powerful video of “Let Us Begin” moved viewers around the world.“I thought that I might be able to do something to further the cause of East/West understanding. (This) seemed like a good time to see the face behind all the propaganda. The Russians say that the first swallow of spring won’t make the weather for the whole season, but it can mark the turn toward a warmer climate. I tried to be that swallow.”The success of his visit paved the way for a concert tour of the USSR in 1986. These were the first performances by an American artist since the cold war began – an unprecedented cultural exchange between the United States and the Soviet Union. He returned to the USSR in 1987 to do a benefit concert for the victims of Chernobyl..  John was also the first artist from the West to do a multi-city tour of Mainland China, in October 1992. He was somewhat astonished to discover how popular and well known his songs were with the Chinese. “Country Roads,” he was told, “is the most famous song written in the West.” John also contributed his talents to the benefit of many charitable and environmental causes and has received numerous civic and humanitarian awards over the years.Today, millions of fans, old and new, enjoy the work of this extraordinary performer. 30 albums and three decades after he began, John Denver’s music is as relevant as ever. His humanitarian work continues to strengthen our global village, and his dynamic celebration of life, spirit and nature is a powerful inspiration to us all. 

RECORDING AWARDS
ASCAP TOP HITS
1969 – Leaving On A Jetplane
1971 – Follow Me, Take Me Home, Country Roads
1973 – Rocky Mountain high
1974 – back Home Again
1975 – Calypso, Fly Away, I’m Sorry, Thank God I’m A Country Boy
1976 – Looking For Space
1977 – Baby You Look Good To Me Tonight
1978 – How can I Leave You Again
1981 – Take Me Home Country Roads (re-release)
Platinum Albums (1 Million Sold):
Back Home Again
Poems, Prayers and Promises
Rocky Mountain High
John Denver’s Greatest Hits
An Evening With John Denver
A Christmas Together (John Denver and the Muppets)
I Want To Live
Spirit 

In 1981, John received a special RCA Award for his album “ John Denver’s Greatest Hits”, which sold in excess of 20 Million copies in the United States alone, and is still one of the largest selling albums in the history of RCA. INTERNATIONAL RECORD SALES

AUSTRALIA
GOLD (Over 20,000 units sold):
Spirit
Rocky Mountain High
Author
John Denver Live
An Evening With John Denver
Greatest Hits Volume 2
Windsong
Poems, Prayers and Promises
Back Home Again
PLATINUM (Over 50,000 units sold):
Greatest hits Volume 2
Back Home Again
Some Days Are Like Diamonds
GERMANY
GOLD (Over 250,000 units sold):

Great Successes (a release of Greatest Hits Vols. 1&2)

PLATINUM (Over 500,000 units sold):
Great Successes

UNITED KINGDOM
GOLD (Over 100,000 units sold):

An Evening With John Denver
Rocky Mountain High
Windsong
Back Home Again
Live in London
Best of John Denver

PLATINUM (Over 300,000 units sold):
Back Home Again
Live in London
Best of John Denver

MUSIC & WRITING AWARDS
Among the numerous tributes and awards listed below, John Denver was the recipient of the prestigious Albert Schweitzer Music Award in 1993, given to him “For a life’s work dedicated to music and devoted to humanity.” It was the first time a non-classical music artist had been so honored. In 1996 he was inducted into the national Academy of Popular Music’s Songwriter’s Hall of Fame.1974
Cashbox’s #1 Album seller, #1 Artist
ASCAP Award for Top Album of the Year

1974/75

Record World’s Top Male Recording Artist
1975
ABC’s Bi-centennial Music Award for Top Male Vocalist by the National Press
Finalist in 5 categories for Country Music Awards
Country Music Song of the Year (Back Home Again)
People’s Choice Award’s Favorite Musical Performer
AGVA Singing Star of the Year
1977
People’s Choice Award
1977
Poet Laureate of Colorado
1982
Carl Sandburg’s People’s Poet Award
1993
Albert Schweitzer Music Award
1996
Induction into Songwriter’s Hall of Fame



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