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Monday, June 11
John Denver

This post from Sista caused me to remember how much I really like John Denver.

Oh hush, I can hear you, you know.

I grew up when he was popular, and, was still around when he was considered a joke.

And now, it's possible that many of you don't even know who he was.

How sad.

His music was, and, still is absolutely beautiful.

If you're not familiar with it, you should be.

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The movie, "Sunshine" that featured his songs was one of the biggest tearjerkers around!

I loved John Denver...and still smile when I hear one of his songs on the radio.

Posted by: Cheryl | June 11, 2007 4:10 PM

I remember John Denver. :) I grew up listening to his music. Annie's Song was one of my faves. Din' he get busted for mailing or receiving through the mail some Mary Jane?

I grew up with John Denver. My Dad was in the military and we moved traveling across the country several times. We always had one of the many John Denver tapes playing. I play John Denver for my baby in hopes to pass some of the tradition on to her. She often calmly listens or falls asleep.

I remember John Denver and his music. He was great in GOD and we use to play his stuff after we got done playing softball at the bowling alley (a friend would do the DJ thing there). I think he was on a TV show too, but I don't remember the name of it.

Posted by: formerborodad | June 11, 2007 6:55 PM

John Denver is my guilty pleasure! My sister is 10 years older than me, and I remember being itty bitty listening to his music with her. My favorite song was always Grandma's Feather bed, but to this day, Annie's Song makes this punk rock mamma swoon! My husband thinks I'm a cheeseball, but I jusut can't help it. His music always makes me smile!

Posted by: Jill | June 11, 2007 7:36 PM

John Denver is my guilty pleasure! My sister is 10 years older than me, and I remember being itty bitty listening to his music with her. My favorite song was always Grandma's Feather bed, but to this day, Annie's Song makes this punk rock mamma swoon! My husband thinks I'm a cheeseball, but I jusut can't help it. His music always makes me smile!

Posted by: Jill | June 11, 2007 7:36 PM

...see, I'm so verklempt I hit "post" too many times!

Posted by: Jill | June 11, 2007 7:39 PM

It's good. JD, that is.

I did a blog post today.

I hope you and the Busy Family are well...

Two of my 5 favorite songs are by John Denver: Country Roads and Sunshine. :)

My very first "rock" concert was John Denver. We had awful seats way up in the nose-bleed section and my mom took us (and STAYED with us!!). But it is still one of my fondest memories and his songs still move me. I remember being so sad when he died, even though by then he had become something of a joke. I always enjoyed his music. Sunshine and Rocky Mountain High were my favs.

Posted by: carolyn | June 11, 2007 9:32 PM

My mom was a huge fan and therefore so was I back in the 70s. My mom loves to tell the story about how I thought he was saying "Lesley Ginger" instead of West Virginia and that I liked him so much that I didn't mind that he got my middle name wrong.

I still misunderstand song lyrics all the time.

Posted by: Lesley | June 11, 2007 9:38 PM

I have always loved John Denver despite massive peer pressure. :)

Guilty here too. I love 'Annie's Song' and 'Rocky Mountain High'.

Remember how in the 70's John Denver was EVERYWHERE?! He even won CMA's Entertainer of the Year, much to the chagrin of some Nashville folks.

My husband is a huge fan, and we went to see him in concert once at our local fair. I am not quite as fond of his music, although there are some songs that I like.

Both husband and I love John Denver. At our wedding 9 years ago, we had someone sang "Annie's Song".

I am still a John Denver fan, but please don't tell anybody.

On second thought, he was GOOD! A sweet gentle man who could write beautiful songs and sing them well.

Okay, go ahead and tell on me. I'm kind of proud, actually.

I start to say "I can't stand John Denver then get humming Granma's Feather Bed and am forced to admit, he was pretty cool...

Ha!

Last night we were flipping around the TV channels, and I said, "Can't you find something cool?" Just then, John Denver's face appeared. "Oh, the irony!" sez me. If you're looking for "cool" and John Denver shows up, that's just too funny.

(Funnier still might have been the fact that I kept watching and melted when "Sunshine" started playing, but we don't talk about such things.)

I have incredibly fond memories of John Denver singing with the muppets in my home every year for christmas.

I loved his music, but I kept it a secret because he sometimes veered toward a "country" sound and I would never, EVER admit that I like anything that even remotely resembles country music. EVER!

John Denver defined an entire generation of people. Who can go to the mountains and not think "Rocky Mountain High"?

I liked some of his songs, but I just got so tired of him. And if I never heard "Thank God I'm a Country Boy" again, it will be fine by me.

I used to have a Doonesbury cartoon where Duke (who lived next door to JD and couldn't stand him) was shouting, "Why don't you change your name to Akron and move to Ohio!?"

I remember John Denver! It has been years since I have even thought about him though.

I love John Denver!!! And our new state song "Rocky Mountain High" is one he is famous for.

If I say I knew of John Denver and would sing Rocky Mountain High in the shower... would that reveal how old I am?? ha ha.

Thank you Busy Mom for sharing that. I just spent a lovely few minutes reminiscing about John Denver and looking for my two favourites, Annie's Song and Perhaps Love on You Tube.

The version of Annie's Song that I listened to was so fabulous I almost cried.

Posted by: Lisa | June 12, 2007 8:30 PM

We are closet John Denver fans. As in we have some old vinyl albums (gasp!) in the closet.

Seriously, though, I can't listen to him if I'm PMSing or drinking. It's a huge cryfest.

My husband has also been known to have some deep thoughts while listening to John Denver.

My wife is a big John Denver fan.

Me. Sadly to say, have never been. Not even his more popular stuff.

I have always figured that you have to live south of West Virginia (or Colorado) to be a John Denver fan.

Though I will begrudgingly admit that way back when I actually like, "Oh, God" (But even that was more because of George Burns than John Denver)

I had a third grade boy's uncle come in for our "music sharing day" and play guitar for us. When he began to play Country Roads myself and *one* other student joyfully sang along. We sang and bonded while the rest of the class stared at us in horror. He moved onto other songs he thought the kids might know while we shouted out requests for Annie's Song. We were ignored...:(

Delurking to say I loved John Denver and (whispering...) still do.

In fact, as life would have it, I was singing Leavin' On A Jet Plane to my son in an elevator this very day. And when the doors opened and people outside stared in, I just looked at my son and said, "Aren't you a lovely little singer?"

Well thanks a lot Busy Mom. I just spent an hour looking at John Denver videos which overlapped into another hour of the Carpenters videos and that reminded me of another famous duo, Donny and Marie and... well, now my bathroom will remain dirty for one more day. Sigh...

I was just thinking about JD the other day! I love him and was thinking I should down load some songs!

I'm a JD fan through and through and have just about everysong he's ever done and still listen to him on a regular basis. Good music (well there are a couple....) andit tops a lot of the junk that's out there, then and now!

Posted by: Judy | June 16, 2007 9:23 PM

I'm a JD fan through and through and have just about everysong he's ever done and still listen to him on a regular basis. Good music (well there are a couple....) andit tops a lot of the junk that's out there, then and now!

Posted by: Judy | June 16, 2007 9:24 PM

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Somthing is going on-i have been missing him lately too.Thats how i found this blog.Looking for pics I love his music and always have. I guess somtimes you don't know what you have until its gone.snif