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

Also Known As: Henry John Deutschendorf Jr.

Sun Sign: Capricorn

Died At Age: 53

Born in: Roswell

Famous as: Singer-songwriter

Height: 1.76 m

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

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

awards: 1975 - Country Music Association Award for Entertainer of the Year
1975 - Primetime Emmy Award for Outstanding Variety; Music or Comedy Special - An Evening with John Denver
1976; 1975 - American Music Award for Favorite Pop/Rock Male Artist

1998 - Grammy Hall of Fame - Take Me Home; Country Road
1998 - Grammy Award for Best Musical Album for Children - All Aboard!
1975 - Academy of Country Music Award for Album of the Year - Back Home Again
1976 - American Music Award for Favorite Country Album - Back Home Again
1976 - American Music Award for Favorite Country Male Artist
1977; 1976 - People's Choice Award for Favorite Male Artist
1975 - Country Music Association Award for Song of the Year - Back Home Again
1976 - People's Choice Award for Favorite Musical Performer

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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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John Denver
Childhood & Early Life
  • On December 31, 1943 Henry John Deutschendorf Senior and Emma Louise Swope gave birth to a child in Roswell, New Mexico named Henry John Deutschendorf Junior, who was later known as John Denver. His father was a Lieutenant Colonel in the US Air Force and hence the family often moved from one city to another.
  • John Denver was gifted with a Gibson guitar, when he was only 2 years old, by his grandmother and that was how he was initiated into the world of music.
  • He continued to dabble in music throughout his teenage years and only joined a band when he started going to ‘Texas Tech University’ located in Lubbock to study architecture. The band that he was a part of was known as ‘The Alpine Trio’ and it was after joining that band that he adopted the moniker John Denver.
  • In the year 1963, Denver discontinued his studies at the ‘Texas Tech University’ and decided to try his fortune in the world of music in Los Angeles. Once in Los Angeles, it took him two years to find a folk group called ‘The Mitchell Trio’ and that was well and truly the tentative beginnings of a professional music career.
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Career
  • 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.
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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.
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Awards & Achievements
  • The ‘Country Music Association’ awarded John with the ‘Entertainer of the Year’ Award in the year 1975.
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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.
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