John Denver

American musician (1943–1997)

Henry John Deutschendorf Jr. (December 31, 1943 – October 12, 1997) was an American musician and songwriter. He was of German and Irish ancestry. He was very popular in the 1970s. He died when the plane he was flying crashed in California.[1][2]

John Denver
John Denver in 1974.
Background information
Birth nameHenry John Deutschendorf, Jr.
Born(1943-12-31)December 31, 1943
Roswell, New Mexico, United States
DiedOctober 12, 1997(1997-10-12) (aged 53)
Monterey Bay, California, United States
GenresCountry, folk, pop
Occupation(s)Singer-songwriter, instrumentalist, record producer, composer, activist, actor
InstrumentsVocals, guitar, piano, keyboards, violin
Years active1962–1997
LabelsMercury, RCA, BMG, Windstar, Sony Wonder

Denver began his music career with folk music groups during the late 1960s. By 1974, he was one of America's best-selling performers, and AllMusic has described Denver as "among the most beloved entertainers of his era" [3][4]On 12 October 1997, John Denver died in a plane crash aged 53.

Studio albums change

  • John Denver Sings (1966)
  • Rhymes & Reasons (1969)
  • Take Me to Tomorrow (1970)
  • Whose Garden Was This (1970)
  • Poems, Prayers & Promises (1971)
  • Aerie (1971)
  • Rocky Mountain High (1972)
  • Farewell Andromeda (1973)
  • Back Home Again (1974)
  • Windsong (1975)
  • Rocky Mountain Christmas (1975)
  • Spirit (1976)
  • I Want to Live (1977)
  • John Denver (1979)
  • Autograph (1980)
  • Some Days Are Diamonds (1981)
  • Seasons of the Heart (1982)
  • It's About Time (1983)
  • Dreamland Express (1985)
  • One World (1986)
  • Higher Ground (1988)
  • Earth Songs (1990)
  • The Flower That Shattered the Stone (1990)
  • Different Directions (1991)
  • All Aboard! (1997)

Awards and recognition change

Academy of Country Music

  • 1974 Album of the Year for Back Home Again

American Music Awards

  • 1975 Favorite Pop/Rock Male Artist
  • 1976 Favorite Country Album for Back Home Again
  • 1976 Favorite Country Male Artist

Country Music Association

  • 1975 Entertainer of the Year
  • 1975 Song of the Year for "Back Home Again"

Emmy Awards

  • 1975 Emmy for Outstanding Variety, Music or Comedy Special for An Evening With John Denver

Grammy Awards

  • 1997 Best Musical Album For Children for All Aboard!
  • 1998 Grammy Hall of Fame Award for "Take Me Home, Country Roads"

Songwriters Hall of Fame

  • Inducted in 1996

Death change

On October 12th, 1997 Denver was piloting his own "experimental ultralight plane" off of Monterey Bay, California. He made an error in calculating his remaining fuel levels and fatally crashed directly into the ocean near Lover's Point, Pacific Grove, after the plane ran completely out of gas. After a thorough investigation completed by the National Aviation Services and supporting law enforcement, it was deemed that he was too confined within the limited space of his plane to successfully engage his reserve tank. Denver was 53 years old; his remains were cremated, and his ashes were scattered in the Rocky Mountains.

References change

  1. The Music of John Denver - John Denver | Songs, Reviews, Credits | AllMusic, retrieved 2020-04-22
  2. "Artist Biography - John Denver". 2001-02-21. Archived from the original on 2001-02-21. Retrieved 2020-04-22.
  3. "John Denver and Friends .......Rocky Mountain High WWW Page". Retrieved 2020-04-22.
  4. "404". Retrieved 2020-04-22. {{cite web}}: Cite uses generic title (help)