John Denver Biography

John Denver, a famous American singer-songwriter and activist, is remembered for songs like Take Me Home, Country Roads and Annie's Song. To know more about his childhood, career, profile and timeline read on

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Birthday: December 31, 1943

Nationality: American

Famous: Quotes By John Denver Composers

Died At Age: 53

Sun Sign: Capricorn

Also Known As: Henry John Deutschendorf Jr.

Born in: Roswell

Famous as: Singer-songwriter

Height: 5'9" (175 cm), 5'9" Males

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Spouse/Ex-: Annie Martell, Cassandra Delaney

father: Lt. Col. Henry John Deutschendorf Sr.

mother: Erma Louise Swope

children: Anna Kate Denver, Jesse Belle Deutschendorf, Zachary John Denver

Died on: October 12, 1997

place of death: Pacific Ocean

U.S. State: New Mexico

Cause of Death: Accident

Diseases & Disabilities: Depression

Founder/Co-Founder: Windstar Foundation, Windstar Records, The Hunger Project

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education: Texas Tech University, Arlington Heights High School

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American singer John Denver is rated among one of the most influential voices in music that has emerged in the last century and to this day his songs are popular in most parts of the English speaking world. It is often said that during the 1970s John Denver was peerless as far as musical appeal was concerned and that had a lot to do with the fact that his songs spoke about things that were vibrant and varied like country life, nature or about his own thoughts on love. After the swinging 60s, Denver ushered in a new era of music and went on to become one of the most loved music stars in the entire United States and indeed in most parts of the world. However, what set him apart from plenty of singers of the era was the fact that he was also an activist and this side of his personality shone through in his songs. In addition to that, he was a singer who wrote and composed his songs on his own, other than on occasions when he participated in group efforts with other singers or music groups. Last but not the least; Denver had also featured in movies which went on to become quite famous due to his presence. Read on to know more about his life

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Childhood & Early Life
  • It as in the year 1969 that John Denver took his most important career decision and decided to abandon being part of different bands. Instead he decided to be a solo performer and his very first album was hence produced. It was titled ‘Rhymes & Reasons’.
  • The biggest turning point in his career came in the year 1969 when the song ‘Leaving on a Jet Plane’ was released and became a smash hit instantly. Interestingly, the song had been recorded two years prior to its release.
  • Denver released two albums; ‘Take Me to Tomorrow’ and ‘Whose Garden Was This’ in the year 1970. A year later his next album became another huge hit thanks to the song ‘Take Me Home Country Roads’ and sold a million copies.
  • Throughout the 1970s John produced one hit after another under the guidance of his manager and producer Jerry Weintraub. Some of the smash hits included ‘Sunshine on my Shoulders’, ‘Annie’s Song’, ‘Thank God I’m a Country Boy’, among singles.
  • The talented singer also became a known face on television during his career and became a guest in the hugely popular ‘The Muppet Show’ in 1974. Three years later he starred in the film ‘Oh God’ and although it wasn’t a hit it showed that Denver was an extremely marketable brand.
  • Along with author Werner Erhard and physicist Robert Fuller, this renowned artist successfully established ‘The Hunger Project’ in the year 1977 and it was only the beginning of his future work as an influential peace activist.
Major Works
  • John Denver’s most famous work in his career has to be his first smash hit that is still regarded as his best production ever. The song is ‘Leaving on a Jet Plane’ and it is still considered among the best songs that have ever been composed on farewell and travel.
Awards & Achievements
  • The ‘Country Music Association’ awarded John with the ‘Entertainer of the Year’ Award in the year 1975.
Personal Life & Legacy
  • Denver got married to Annie Martell in the year 1968. The couple had two children; a son named Zachary and a daughter named Anna Kate. However the marriage culminated in divorce twelve years later.
  • This renowned singer married for the second time in the year 1988 to Cassandra Delaney, an actress from Australia. The couple had one daughter named Jesse Belle but this relationship also ended in a divorce.
  • Denver was killed under tragic circumstances on October 12, 1997 when he could not control his aircraft while trying to fly it as an experiment at ‘Pacific Grove Peninsula’ in California.


Primetime Emmy Awards
1975 Outstanding Special - Comedy-Variety or Music An Evening with John Denver (1975)
Grammy Awards
1998 Best Musical Album for Children Winner

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