It had to happen one day – it would be John Denver’s turn to feature on seventiesmusic. I heard him at a party the other night. I was with a musician friend whose wife’s name is Annie. Jokingly I asked if my friend ever sang “Annie’s Song” to her. While not answering the question she did admit that it was her all-time favourite song.
There followed some discussion about John and the general opinion was, despite seeming to be a little weird, John had produced some amazingly good songs (and some amazingly bad ones – Grandma’s Feather Bed = case in point!).
So, here’s this week’s blast from the seventies past – John Denver and his 1974 hit, Annie’s Song
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- John’s real name was Henry John Deutschendorf, Jr.
- Perhaps some of John’s eccentricities could be explained by the fact that he was born in Roswell, New Mexico.
- By the time John was 21 he had established himself as one of the most popular artists of the 70s – he released approximately 300 songs, about 200 of which he composed. He sold over 33 million records including twelve gold and four platinum albums.
- John won two Grammy Awards and, in 1996, was inducted into the Songwriters Hall of Fame.
- John also became a spokesperson for various political and environmental causes during the 70s and into the 80s. This included an interest in oceanography (remember Calypso? His 1975 ode to environmental activist Jacques Cousteau); campaigning for Jimmy Carter (1976); and support for a number of charitable causes for the environmental movement, the homeless, the poor, the hungry, and the African AIDS crisis.
- John died when his personal aircraft crashed on October 12, 1997. He was 53.
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- Annie’s Song was written by John Denver and released in June 1974. It was his second #1 US single following his 1973 hit, Sunshine on My Shoulders. It reached #1 in the UK also – John’s only #1 UK hit. A number of John’s songs became hits in the UK but for other artists.
- John wrote Annie’s Song for his wife at the time, Annie Martell Denver. Annie said of the song:
It was written after John and I had gone through a pretty intense time together and things were pretty good for us. He left to go skiing and he got on the Ajax chair on Aspen mountain and the song just came to him. He skied down and came home and wrote it down… Initially it was a love song and it was given to me through him, and yet for him it became a bit like a prayer.
- Annie’s Song was covered as an instrumental by Irish flutist, James Galway – it became his only hit.
- Annie’s Song lyrics.
annie’s song – john denver – 1974 – video
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