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1 posted on 01/13/2018 9:46:22 AM PST by SamAdams76
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He died in a plane crash.


2 posted on 01/13/2018 9:47:16 AM PST by VermithraxPejorative
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Far out!


4 posted on 01/13/2018 9:50:35 AM PST by EveningStar (I am a Non-Cultist Trump Supporter.)
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I was a big John Denver fan back in the day. One of my favorites was "Calypso," which was almost a sea chanty. That was before the crew of that ship became a bunch of whale-saving queers, but the tune is memorable.

He had a lot of other good music. "Farewell, Andromeda" and "Cold Nights in Canada," for example.

He was heavily into "est," the self-actualization system devised by Werner Erhard, and it seemed to work for him ... for a while. He fell out of favor and started drinking, divorced his wife (the subject of "Annie's Song") and hit a low point.

But he was rebuilding his life when he crashed into the Pacific Ocean in an experimental aircraft. He was the son of an Air Force father and loved to fly.

9 posted on 01/13/2018 9:52:38 AM PST by IronJack (A)
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I remember watching his Christmas specials as a kid. Beautiful scenery and wonderful music. He had an easy unforced voice like James Taylor.


11 posted on 01/13/2018 9:53:05 AM PST by SunTzuWu
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I wasn’t a fan, but I saw him at the Forum in the late 70’s. It was an amazing concert. The concert was in the round. His band took a break but he continued to play and sing until they returned.


13 posted on 01/13/2018 9:54:02 AM PST by Yogafist
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My mom loved John Denver. Dad got her one of those big console record / cassette tape players stereo system around 1980 and she literally wore out John Denver's greatest hits cassette (that and Johnny Cash, an interesting combination...). I heard the songs so much growing up, at one point I could have told you the lyrics for every song and what order they were played on the cassette
14 posted on 01/13/2018 9:54:46 AM PST by apillar
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Not a favorite of mine, but he could write. Rocky Mountain High, Thank God I’m A Country Boy, Country Roads, Fly Away (with ONJ), Calypso and my favorite of his set Shanghai Breezes. All big bits off the top of my head with no Internet search.


15 posted on 01/13/2018 9:54:56 AM PST by Dr. Sivana (There is no salvation in politics.)
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No, but I remember Henry John Deutschendorf, Jr.


16 posted on 01/13/2018 9:55:58 AM PST by Jim W N
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17 posted on 01/13/2018 9:56:12 AM PST by b4its2late (A Liberal is a person who will give away everything he doesn't own.)
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“Oh, God! I’m an ocean buoy!”


18 posted on 01/13/2018 9:56:27 AM PST by Redleg Duke (Build Kate’s Wall! Never Forget!)
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I met him in the late 60s when he was a student at Texas Tech in Lubbock, TX. My aunt was the choir director at Pioneer Methodist Church in Lubbock and John sang in her choir. He was also a regular at her dinner table and always brought his guitar for after dinner. He was a nice guy and always had time to talk with the kids....red


19 posted on 01/13/2018 9:57:04 AM PST by rednek (.45 acp........a lot like 9mm.......except for adults.)
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“Almost heaven, West Virginia.
Blue Ridge Mountains, Shenandoah River.
Life is old there, older than the trees
Younger than the mountains, blowing like a breeze.”


20 posted on 01/13/2018 9:57:13 AM PST by D_Idaho ("For we wrestle not against flesh and blood...")
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Yes.


21 posted on 01/13/2018 9:57:22 AM PST by ColdOne ((I miss my poochie... Tasha 2000~3/14/11~ Best Election Ever!)
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Saw him live at the old fieldhouse at the U of U in 70. The place was packed. What a voice.

Rocky Mountain High!


22 posted on 01/13/2018 9:57:23 AM PST by glock rocks (... so much win!)
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he had come to the Monterey Peninsula in order to buy and a very efficient and novel looking experimental plane called a longEZ.

he had briefly visited Clint Eastwood, who lives in Carmel, in that time. In his final flight he buzzed the house of Clint Eastwood several times in fact.

this particular plane had a jury-rigged fuel tank switching system and switching the tanks involved manipulation of valve that was Far Behind the Pilot’s head.

the body movement required would likely result in stronger pressure by one leg forward. this meant he unwittingly pushed the tail rudder strongly, a risk that he had been apprised of by the previous owner.

he crashed into the ocean off of Pacific Grove California.

his head came off and they never found it.


24 posted on 01/13/2018 9:58:40 AM PST by gaijin
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As a young man, I used to make fun of John Denver

Then I met my (future) wife, who loved his music. So for the sake of our relationship, I did not give voice to my (unfounded) opinions.

Then my opinion of him began to change.

A perfect of example of why the Bible instructs that if you want to improve your thinking, first control what comes out of your mouth.


25 posted on 01/13/2018 9:58:53 AM PST by PGR88
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He was a born-again Christian who got off the track in the “EST” cult in the seventies-eighties.

I thought some of his songs were pretty good although somewhat repetitious themes.

I was looking for the image of John Denver as a scoop of melting ice cream but couldn’t find it.


28 posted on 01/13/2018 10:00:04 AM PST by Jim W N
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Grew up in Denver in the late 60s and early 70s He was a fixture. He died in the plane crash long after his recording career was over


29 posted on 01/13/2018 10:00:11 AM PST by Mom MD ( .)
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He didn’t drop off the face of the earth, he dropped to the face of the earth.
Take me home country roads is a great song.


33 posted on 01/13/2018 10:02:09 AM PST by hardspunned
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"Annie's Song" and "Country Roads" are his two best in my mind, but I've always loved this haunting tune:

Whose Garden Was This?

35 posted on 01/13/2018 10:02:22 AM PST by Alberta's Child ("Go ahead, bite the Big Apple ... don't mind the maggots.")
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