Artist Countdown: John Denver Top 40 Hits 2pm ET @RadioMax

john-denverHenry John Deutschendorf, Jr. (December 31, 1943 – October 12, 1997), known professionally as John Denver, was an American singer, songwriter, activist, and humanitarian. He was one of the most popular acoustic artists of the 1970s. After traveling and living in numerous locations while growing up in his military family, Denver began his music career in folk music groups in the late 1960s. His greatest commercial success was as a solo singer, starting in the 1970s. Throughout his life, Denver recorded and released approximately 300 songs, about 200 of which he composed. He performed primarily with an acoustic guitar and sang about his joy in nature, his enthusiasm for music, and his relationship trials. Denver’s music appeared on a variety of charts, including country and western, the Billboard Hot 100, and adult contemporary, in all earning him twelve gold and four platinum albums with his signature songs “Take Me Home, Country Roads“, “Annie’s Song“, “Rocky Mountain High“, and “Sunshine on My Shoulders“.

Denver further starred in films and several notable television specials in the 1970s and 1980s. In the following decades, he continued to record, but also focused on calling attention to environmental issues, lent his vocal support to space exploration, and testified in front of Congress to protest against censorship in music. He was known for his love of the state of Colorado, which he sang about numerous times. He lived in Aspen, Colorado, for much of his life, and influenced the governor to name him Poet Laureate of the state in 1974. The Colorado state legislature also adopted “Rocky Mountain High” as one of its state songs in 2007. Denver was an avid pilot, and died in his personal aircraft at the age of 53. (Source: Wikipedia)

1 I’m Sorry
2 Thank God I’m a Country Boy
3 Annie’s Song
4 Back Home Again
5 Fly Away (with Olivia Newton-John)
6 Sweet Surrender
7 Take Me Home, Country Roads
8 How Can I Leave You Again
9 Like a Sad Song
10 Looking for Space
11 Sunshine on My Shoulders
12 Some Days Are Diamonds (Some Days Are Stone)
13 Rocky Mountain High
14 It Makes Me Giggle
15 My Sweet Lady
16 Wild Montana Skies (with Emmylou Harris)
17 Dreamland Express
18 Baby, You Look Good to Me Tonight
19 Friends with You
20 Anthem-Revelation
21 It Amazes Me
22 Shanghai Breezes
23 I Want to Live
24 Autograph
25 I’d Rather Be a Cowboy
26 Everyday
27 Seasons of the Heart
28 Goodbye Again
29 Farewell Andromeda (Welcome to My Morning)
30 Love Again (with Sylvie Vartan)
31 Calypso
32 Garden Song
33 And So It Goes (with Nitty Gritty Dirt Band)
34 Hard Life, Hard Times (Prisoners)
35 Perhaps Love (with Plácido Domingo)
36 The Cowboy and the Lady
37 Dancing with the Mountains
38 Don’t Close Your Eyes, Tonight
39 For You
40 Along for the Ride (’56 T-Bird)

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