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December 31, 1943
John Denver, born Henry John Deutschendorf, Jr., was an
American Country Music/folk singer-songwriter and folk rock musician.
The most popular country artist of the 1970s, and, indeed, one of the
greatest in history, he recorded and released some 300 songs, about half
composed by himself. He was named Poet Laureate of Colorado in 1977.
Songs such as "Leaving on a Jet Plane" (1967), "Take
Me Home, Country Roads" (1971), "Rocky Mountain High"
(1972), "Sunshine on My Shoulders" (1973), "Thank God I'm
a Country Boy" (1974), "Annie's Song" (1974), and
"Calypso" (1975) are popular worldwide. Denver has been
referred to as "The Poet for the Planet", "Mother
Nature's Son" (based on The Beatles song he covered) and "A
Song's Best Friend".
On October 12, 1997, Denver was killed when the Long-EZ aircraft he
was piloting crashed just off the coast of California at Pacific Grove,
shortly after taking off from the Monterey Peninsula Airport. He was 53.
Where are they buried?
- Holy Cross Cemetery, Colma, California
- Westwood Village Memorial Park Cemetery, Los Angeles, California
- Cremated, ashes scattered in the Rocky Mountains
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