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Tribute: John Denver

John Denver (Henry John Deutschendorf Jr.) was an award-winning musician, a successful actor, and an esteemed humanitarian. This page is a Tribute to Denver's numerous accomplishments. The facts of Denver's life are amazing, and the events of his death are equally intriguing. He was killed in a plane crash on 12 October 1997, when the mono wing Long EZ he was piloting crashed into the Pacific Ocean. He was 53. Read the National Transportation Safety Board's (NTSB) executive summary and factual report, which details the bizarre events of the fatal plane crash. John Denver was cremated, and his ashes scattered over the Rocky Mountains in Colorado.

John Denver in his plane

John Denver in his mono wing Long EZ.

Greatest Hits

"Back Home Again"

"Take Me Home, Country Roads"

"Thank God I'm a Country Boy"

"Rocky Mountain High"

"Annie's Song"

"Sunshine on My Shoulders"

"Leaving on a Jet Plane"

John Denver

Awards

1974
Cashbox's #1 Album seller, #1 Artist
ASCAP (American Society of Composers, Authors and Publishers) Award for Top Album of the Year
Academy of Country Music Awards - Album of the Year, "Back Home Again"
1974/1975
Record World’s Top Male Recording Artist
1975
ABC’s Bi-centennial Music Award for Top Male Vocalist by the National Press
Country Music Song of the Year, "Back Home Again"
People’s Choice Award - Favorite Musical Performer
AGVA (American Guild of Variety Artists) Singing Star of the Year
Country Music Association Award - Song of the Year, "Back Home Again"
Country Music Association Award - Entertainer of the Year
Emmy Award - Outstanding Variety, Music Or Comedy Special - "An Evening with John Denver"
American Music Award - Favorite Pop/Rock Male Artist, 1975
1976
American Music Award - Favorite Pop/Rock Male Artist
American Music Award - Favorite Country Male Artist
American Music Award - Favorite Country Album, "Back Home Again"
1977
People’s Choice Award
Poet Laureate of Colorado
1979
Named one of the Ten Outstanding Young Men of America by the United States Junior Chamber ("Jaycees")
1982
Carl Sandburg’s People’s Poet Award
1985
NASA Distinguished Public Service Medal
1993
Albert Schweitzer Music Award
1996
Induction into Songwriter’s Hall of Fame
1997
Grammy Award - Best Musical Album For Children, "All Aboard!"
1998
Grammy Hall of Fame Award, "Take Me Home, Country Roads"
2007
"Rocky Mountain High" named the state song of Colorado

John Denver

Activist

John Denver helped create the Arctic National Wildlife Refuge in Alaska. He also founded his own environmental group, the Windstar Foundation. ("Windstar is Educating about the Environment to all ages on a World Wide Level.") Denver visited Africa to witness the suffering caused by starvation and to work with African leaders towards a solution. In 1985 alone, he participated in the original Farm Aid, testified in front of Congress against censorship during the Parents Music Resource Center (PMRC) hearings, and he toured Russia, returning two years later to perform at a benefit for the victims of the Chernobyl disaster. In October 1992, he toured China. Denver also released "Homegrown", a collection of his greatest hits, to raise money for charities helping the homeless.

John Denver

Thespian

Denver appeared in several films and made dozens of television appearances. For a complete listing, view his entry in the Internet Movie Database. Selected popular appearances are given below.

"Oh, God!" (1977) with George Burns and Terri Garr. Denver plays Jerry Landers.

"The Christmas Gift" (1986, television) with Jane Kaczmarek and Kurtwood Smith. Denver portrays George Billings.

"Foxfire" (1987, television) with Jessica Tandy and Hume Cronyn. Denver plays Dillard Nations.

Denver appeared as himself in the following television productions:

"The Merv Griffin Show" (two appearances, 1970 and 1976)

"The Midnight Special" (1972)

"The Tonight Show Starring Johnny Carson" (fifteen appearances, 1972-1990)

"The John Denver Show" (1973)

"Rocky Mountain Christmas" (1975)

"An Evening with John Denver" (1975)

"The John Denver Special" (1976)

"The Muppet Show" (1979), episode #4.1

"John Denver and the Muppets: A Christmas Together" (1979)

"Rocky Mountain Holiday with John Denver and the Muppets" (1982)

Six episodes (1982-1996) of "The Today Show"

"The Muppets Celebrate Jim Henson" (1990)