"John Denver" (December 31, 1943 – October 12, 1997), born "Henry John Deutschendorf, Jr.", was an American folk singer-songwriter and folk rock musician who was one of the biggest selling artists of the 1970s. In his lifetime, he recorded and released some 300 songs, about half of which he had written, and served as the Poet Laureate of Colorado.
Denver's songs were suffused with a deep and abiding kinship with the natural world. Songs such as "Take Me Home, Country Roads," "Leaving on a Jet Plane," "Thank God I'm A Country Boy," and "Rocky Mountain High" are popular all over the world. Often singing and writing folk songs about the western lifestyle, the human condition, and planet Earth, he was named the Poet Laureate of his home state of Colorado in 1977. His songs are characterised by sweet melodies, elegant guitar-strumming, and his soulful rendition of the lyrics. < need source for this: He was one of the few western singers widely known in the non-European world including Africa, India and Southeast Asia. --> Denver has been commonly referred to and nicknamed "The Poet For the Planet", "Mother Nature's Son" (based on The Beatles song he renditioned) and "A Song's...
|Alias||John Deutschendorf, Henry Deutschendorf|
|Born||December 31, 1943, Roswell, New Mexico|
|Died||October 12, 1997, Pacific Grove, California|
|Occupation||Singer-songwriter, instrumentalist, recording industry|
|Instrument||Vocals, guitar, violin|