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Old 07-28-2017, 08:09 AM
 
Location: The Jar
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Yep. That's right. This coming October will mark 20th anniversary of John's death. Where'd the time go?

This thread is open. Say what you want and feel.

Feel free to share your memories of the singer/songwriter.

But most of all, remember to be kind!
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Old 07-28-2017, 11:11 AM
 
Location: Colorado
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Singing about the Rocky Mountains in Colorado made us want to move here. We did,
liked it and stayed.....due to a John Denver song we've been here since 1981......
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Old 07-28-2017, 11:50 AM
 
Location: The Jar
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Singing about the Rocky Mountains in Colorado made us want to move here. We did,
liked it and stayed.....due to a John Denver song we've been here since 1981......
How about that! Far out!
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Old 07-28-2017, 11:54 AM
 
Location: Des Moines Metro
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Wow! Has it really been 20 years? If anyone had just asked me, I would've said about 8 or 9 years. Yes, where does the time go?

And I can remember the last concert of his that I went to like it was last month. It's still hard for me to believe he's gone.
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Old 07-28-2017, 12:03 PM
 
Location: Island of Misfit Toys
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Always loved his songs. The thing I remember most was his testimony before congress about the PMRC non-sense, including Al Gore because of his awful and very misguided wife. For Denver to be there with Frank Zappa and Dee Snider said a lot about him. He didn't need to take that stand as it would not have affected him but he did. He was a good guy and a true artist.
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Old 07-28-2017, 01:28 PM
 
Location: Texas
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My favorite song of his would be "Sunshine On My Shoulders".
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Old 07-28-2017, 05:13 PM
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Location: Ontario
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Great talent.

Though like most artists, he had a peak of 5 years or so..
in John Denver's case, 1971-1976 approx.
From "Country Roads" to "Calypso" ...
Most of his "classic" songs are from that era when he could do no wrong.

He first big break was before that though, writing "Leaving on a Jet Plane".
Initially just a song on Peter, Paul, and Mary's 1967 album "1800".
Two years later they released it as a single (not sure why waited 2 years)'
it topped the billboard chart suddenly bringing a lot of attention to John Denver.

I love 12 string guitar and Denver mostly played 12 string, love the sound.
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Old 07-28-2017, 05:36 PM
 
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^^^Great trivia for those who might not know!!
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Old 07-29-2017, 07:16 AM
 
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Great talent.

Though like most artists, he had a peak of 5 years or so..
in John Denver's case, 1971-1976 approx.
From "Country Roads" to "Calypso" ...
Most of his "classic" songs are from that era when he could do no wrong.

He first big break was before that though, writing "Leaving on a Jet Plane".
Initially just a song on Peter, Paul, and Mary's 1967 album "1800".
Two years later they released it as a single (not sure why waited 2 years)'
it topped the billboard chart suddenly bringing a lot of attention to John Denver.

I love 12 string guitar and Denver mostly played 12 string, love the sound.

Actually ,no.He was struggling and his first big break came when Chad Mitchel left the Mitchel trio and John was his replacement.(I think it was Chad)

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/The_Chad_Mitchell_Trio


https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=-3E1ZyHFOjA
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Old 07-29-2017, 01:58 PM
 
Location: In the house we finally own!
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Back in the mid 80s, my cousin and I went to a free "No Nukes" concert on the lawn around the Denver capitol building. There were thousands of people there, so we were nowhere near the stage, in fact, we were on the other side of the building, so we couldn't even see it. John Denver was one of the performers.

When he started to sing, I got chills. Hearing him on a record or on the radio was nothing compared to hearing him live. He had the most crystal clear, true and beautiful voices I have ever heard before or since that day. I could have stayed there and listened to that magical sound for days!

His funeral was held in a church not too far from where I lived, and I very much wanted to go, but was not able to attend. Rock on, John! Your voice is now joined with the choir of angels!
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