THANK GOD I’M A COUNTRY BOY – JOHN DENVER


Apr 19, 2004 (Updated Aug 2, 2006)


The Bottom Line John Denver was born “Henry John Deutschendorf Jr.” on 31 December 1943 in Roswell, New Mexico the son of a U.S. Air Force Colonel

Because his dad was in the Air Force they traveled around a lot and so he was raised in Arizona, Alabama, Oklahoma, Texas and Japan. John was given a vintage 1910 Gibson guitar at the age of 12 and he self teaches himself how to play it. In 1964 he began calling himself "John Denver" because of his fondness of the Rocky Mountains. He attended Texas Tech University in Lubbock, Texas where he majored in architecture but before the year was up he dropped out and moved to Los Angeles, California to pursue his interest in folk music. During the day he worked as a draughtsman in Los Angeles and at night he played folk music at different clubs. He begins recording demo tapes and decides to change his name after his favorite city Denver. He is first seen by "Randy Sparks" of "The New Christy Minstrels" and begins playing in his club called Ledbetters, which was near the UCLA campus.

In 1966 he meets "Annie Martell" in St. Peter, Minnesota. John auditions for "The Chad Mitchell Trio" along with 250 others and is selected to join them replacing founding member "Chad Mitchell". On 9 June 1967 he marries "Ann Martel" whom he had met at one of their concerts the previous year at her college, Gustavus Adolphus. In 1968 after being with the group for 2 ½ years and developing his songwriting skills he signs a solo recording contract with "RCA" records. In November 1969 he releases his first solo album titled "Rhymes And Reasons" where most of the songs are written by him and it peaks at #148 on the US chart. One of the songs on the album "Leaving On A Jet Plane" is released as a single by "Peter, Paul & Mary" and it becomes not only their only #1 hit but also their only gold selling single.

In 1970 he released "Take Me to Tomorrow" which peaks at #197 on the US album chart and "Whose Garden Was This" but it failed to chart. On 10 April 1971 his first single debuts on the chart titled "Take Me Home, Country Roads" with "Poems, Prayers And Promises" on the flip side eventually peaks at #2 on the pop chart and would peak at #50 on the country chart and became his 1st million selling record. In August his 3rd album "Poems, Prayers And Promises" debuts and it later peaks at #15 and becomes his first gold selling album. His last release of the year was "Friendly With You" that debuted on 6 November but it only peaked at #47. On 11 March 1972 he releases "Everyday" that was the "B" side of "Peggy Sue" by "Buddy Holly" in 1957 and it peaks for him at #81. He releases 2 more singles this year with the best of these being "Rocky Mountain High" that peaked at #9.

In November he also released an album of the same name that became his first ever top 10 album and peaked at #4 and is his second gold selling album. He also released "Aerie" this year as well and it peaked at #75 on the pop album chart and at #37 on the country album chart. He has 3 singles on the pop chart and 1 on the country chart in 1973 the biggest of these was "I'd Rather Be A Cowboy" that only makes it to #62. On 29 April he begins a weekly live series on BBC TV called "The John Denver Show". In June he has his first ever UK charting record in "Rocky Mountain High" that would peak at #11 on the album chart. "Poems, Prayers And Promises" is re-issued in the UK this month as well and it peaks at #19 on the album chart. This year he provides music for the Made for TV Movie "Sunshine" which starred "Cristina Raines", "Bill Mumy" and "Brenda Vaccaro".

He is also one of many songwriters that provides songs to the Movie Documentary "The Gospel Road" this year starring "Johnny Cash", his wife "June Carter-Cash" and "Robert Elfstrom". Other famous songwriters providing songs to this Movie were "Johnny Cash", "Joe South", "Kris Kristofferson" and "Larry Gatlin" of "The Gatlin Brothers". In September of this year his one and only album release this year is "Farewell Andromeda" that peaks at #16 in the US and is his 3rd consecutive gold selling album. In 1974 he composes music for the score of "The Bears And I" a "Walt Disney" production starring "Patrick Wayne", "Robert Pine"& and "Michael Ansara". This year is his biggest year to date with 4 singles on the pop chart, 3 of them selling gold and 2 of them going all the way to #1. Also this year Governor "John Vanderhoof" names John Colorado's Poet Laureate.

His first #1 hit "Sunshine On My Shoulders" debuts on 26 January followed by "Annie's Song" a tribute to his wife that debuts on 1 June and stays at #1 for 2 weeks. He releases 2 albums also this year and both of them peak at #1 in the US. They were "John Denver's Greatest Hits" followed by "Back Home Again" which also peaked at #3 in the UK. "John Denver's Greatest Hits" stayed at #1 in the US for 3 weeks, sold over 10 million copies and remained on the album chart for over 3 years. On 6 March 1975 a new situation comedy titled "Sunshine" as a result of the 1973 made for TV Movie of the same name debuted on NBC TV starring "Cliff DeYoung", "Bill Mumy", "Meg Foster" and "Elizabeth Cheshire". The title theme song was "Sunshine On My Shoulders" sung by "John Denver". The show ended very abruptly due to poor ratings on 19 June.

He had another great year in 1975 with 5 singles on the chart and 2 of these "Thank God I'm A Country Boy" and "I'm Sorry" that both peaked at #1 and both sold over a million copies. In April his newest album "An Evening With John" which is a live double record set previously recorded at the Universal Amphitheater during his sold-out 1974 US concert tour peaks at #2 in the US at #31 in the UK and is another gold seller. On 19 May John wins outstanding TV special for the ABC TV "An Evening With John Denver" at the 27th annual Emmy awards. On 20 September he appears live on the debut show on ABC TV on "Saturday Night Live With Howard Cosell". In October "Windsong" becomes his next album release and next #1 US hit record and gold seller. On 6 December "Fly Away" a duet with "Olivia Newton-John" debuts on the singles chart and peaks at #13.

At this time he began his own record label called "Windsong" and his first signed artist was "The Starland Vocal Band" who would have a #1 hit with their debut single "Afternoon Delight" in 1976. His very first Christmas single debuted on the US pop chart on 13 December and peaked at #58 titled "Christmas For Cowboys". On 27 December his first holiday album titled "Rocky Mountain Christmas" would peak at #14 and sells gold. He had 4 singles on the top 100-pop chart in the US in 1976 with the biggest of these being "Looking For Space" that topped out at #29. Also this year John Purchased 1,000 acres in Snowmass, Colorado, for an environmental school and learning center called "Windstar". In January 1977 he releases a double album set comprised of "Windsong" and Rocky Mountain Christmas" called "The John Denver Gift Pack" peaks at #138 in the US.

On 31 January he wins Favorite Male Artist Pop/Rock, Favorite Male Artist Country and Favorite Album Country for "Back Home Again" at the 3rd annual American Music Awards. On 3 February he performs with "Frank Sinatra" at the Beverly-Hilton Hotel in Beverly Hills, California at a fundraiser for Israel. In March he begins a one-week concert at the London Palladium which is also recorded for future release along with "John Sommers" and "Steve Weisberg" on guitar, "Dick Kniss" on bass, "Hal Blaine" on drums and "Lee Holdridge" on arrangements. On 29 March an ABC TV special called "John Denver And Friend" airs. In April 2 previously released albums "The Very Best Of John Denver" and "Windsong" peak at #7 and #14 respectively in the UK.

In May his album "Live In London" recorded in March and only released in the UK peaks at #2 there. In July he performs an entire week of concerts and donates all the proceeds to 30 different charities. In September "Spirit" peaks at #7 in the US and at #9 in the UK on the album charts. In December Newsweek Magazine proclaims John "The Most Popular Singer In America". Also this year he has 2 singles on the US pop chart with the best of these being "My Sweet Lady" that peaked at #32. On 22 March John is joined by "Johnny Cash", "Glen Campbell" and "Roger Miller" for his newest ABC TV special "Thank God I'm A Country Boy". In April "John Denver's Greatest Hits, Volume 2" is released and peaks at #6 in the US and at #9 in the UK selling platinum.

In October he made his Film debut in the Movie "Oh,God!" also starring "George Burns", "Teri Garr", "Donald Pleasence", "Paul Sorvino", "Dinah Shore", "David Ogden Stiers", "Ralph Bellamy" and many others. He has only 2 songs on the pop singles chart in 1978 with the biggest of these being "I Want To Live" that stopped at #55. The album of the same name that was released last year reaches it peak at #45 in the US and at #25 in the UK this year. In July "James Galway" has a #3 UK singles hit with an instrumental version of "Annie's Song". In 1979 he has two hits on the US country singles chart the best of these was a 2-sided hit "What's On Your Mind" backed by "Sweet Melinda" that peaked at #47. On 9 January John sings "Rhymes And Reasons" at "The Music For UNICEF Concert" at the United Nations in New York City and donates all the royalties from the song to UNICEF.

The following night NBC TV airs "A Gift Of Song The Music For UNICEF Concert". John begins a 2-year association with the Presidential Commission On World And Domestic Hunger as well as becomes a member of The Wilderness Society, Friends Of Earth and The World Wildlife Fund. On 3 March the album "John Denver" peaks at #25 in the US and would later peak at #68 in the UK. In April he begins his first tour of the UK in over 3 years, which includes four sellout dates at Wembley Arena in Wembley, London, England. In 1980 he returns to the US pop chart with 2 singles the best of which was "Autograph" that would peak at #52. In January his newest holiday album recorded with the Muppets titled "A Christmas Together" peaks at #26 in the US.

The album "Autograph" is released in April and peaks at #39 in the US. He has 2 more singles on the US pop chart in 1981 with the best of these being "Some Days Are Diamonds (Some Days Are Stone)" that would peak at #36. The album of the same name is his only release this year and it peaks at #32 in the US. In 1982 he has 3 singles on the pop chart in the US the best one was "Shanghai Breezes" that peaks at #31. He releases 2 albums this year "Perhaps Love" that peaks at #17 in the UK and "Seasons Of The Heart" that peaks at #39 in the US and becomes his last gold selling record. He also divorces his wife "Annie Martell" this year. In 1983 he has one single on the US country chart in "Wild Montana Skies" a duet with "
"Emmylou Harris" that peaks at #14.

He records his newest album "It's About Time" in Miami, Florida along with the group "The Wailers" and the group "The I-Trees" and it would peak at #61 in the US and at #90 in the UK. In October shortly after their 15th Wedding Anniversary John and his wife Ann separate and later divorce. In December John appears with the Muppets on a ABC TV special "John Denver And The Muppets: A Rocky Mountain Holiday". In February 1984 he writes and sings "The Gold And Beyond" the theme song for the 1984 Winter Olympics and performs it on TV on the slopes of Sarajevo. This month he also opens and exhibition of his photographs which he had taken over a 15-year period of Rocky Mountain landscape and wildlife at Manhattan's Hammer Galleries in New York City.

In September he travels to Africa on a fact-finding mission for The Hunger Project and he writes and records "Africa Sunrise" which is included on his newest album "Dreamland Express" that would peak the next year at #90 on the US chart. He also appeared in "Rock & Roll Call" a Documentary with "Helen Reddy", "Diana Ross", "Sonny & Cher", "Wayne Newton" and "Neil Diamond". On 10 November "Love Again" a duet with French singer "Sylvie Vartan" makes its US singles chart debut peaking at #85 and becomes his final charting pop song. In December a UK TV advertised only album titled "The John Denver Collection" peaks at #20 there. He had only one charting single in 1985 on the US country chart with "Dreamland Express" that peaked at #9. The album of the same name peaked at #90 in the US in September.

On 19 September 1985 senatorial hearings are held regarding pornography in music, and what steps the senate might take to fix this problem. The hearings are at the behest of the Parents' Music Resource Center (PMRC), co-founded by "Tipper Gore", wife of Senator "Al Gore". Three musicians come to speak on behalf of artists, "Frank Zappa", "Dee Snider", and John. Denver's testimony most famously includes describing how his song "Rocky Mountain High" was dropped from radio stations because it was assumed to be about drug use. In 1986 he meets "Cassandra Delaney", in Sydney, Australia.

He had one single on the US country chart in 1986 with "Along For The Ride ('56 T-Bird)" that would eventually peak at #57. On 10 June he appears along with many other artists to celebrate the "Nitty Gritty Dirt Band's" 20th anniversary at the Red Rocks Stadium in Denver, Colorado. On 30 July "RCA" records drops John from his contract with them. It is believed that the new owner of "RCA", General Electric that is a top military contractor had taken exception to his song "Let Us Begin (What Are We Making Weapons For?)" that was a duet with Soviet singer "Alexandre Gradsky" recorded in a Moscow studio. In December he appears in the Made for TV Movie "The Christmas Gift" along with "Jane Kaczmarek", "Gennie James", "Michael K. Osborn" and others.

He next appears in another Made for TV Movie "The Leftovers" with "Richard McGonagle", "Jason Presson", "Matthew Laurance", "Cindy Williams" and others. In 1987 he appears in the Movie "Fire And Ice" with "John Eaves", "Suzy Chafee", "Steve Link" and others. He next appears in the Made for TV Movie "Foxfire" with "Jessica Tandy", "Hume Cronyn", "Gary Grubbs" and "Harriett Hall". In November he joins the original members of "The Chad Mitchell Trio", "Chad Mitchell", "Mike Kobluk" and "Joe Frazier" for a reunion concert at the behest of the World Folk Music Association. This concert would be released in 1998 on DVD titled "Chad Mitchell Trio Reunion: Mighty Day".

In December he appears in Christmas TV specials with "Julie Andrews" and again with "The Muppets". He also stars in his own special "A Rocky Mountain Christmas". In 1988 he returned to the country singles chart on "Windstar" records with "Country Girl In Paris" but it was only on the chart for 2 weeks stalling at #96. He starred in another Made for TV Movie "Higher Ground" with "Meg Wittner", "Matthew Walker", "Venus Terzo" and others. In August Aviation Week & Space Technology magazine reported that John had been asked by the Soviet Union to launch him to the Mir Space Station for 10 million dollars. On 12 August John marries Australian singer and actress "Cassandra Delaney".

In October his first album in 3 years on "Windstar" titled "Higher Ground" is released and it peaks at #49 on the country chart. In December he records "And So It Goes" with the "Nitty Gritty Dirt Band" and it would peak at #14 on the country chart the next year and become his last charting single. John walks away uninjured from his 1931 biplane after it had spun around while taxiing at a northern Arizona airport. In July he hosts the NBC TV special "In Performance At The White House" a concert filmed before President and Barbara Bush. In November 1990 "The Flower That Shattered The Stone" is released and would peak at #185 on the US pop album chart. The album was dedicated to his one-year old daughter "Jesse Belle Denver".

"Earth Songs" is released in November which is an album focusing on the ecology but it fails to make the charts. On 19 December his newest holiday special is on NBC TV titled "Christmas In Washington". His only release in 1991 was “Different Directions” but it also failed to make any of the charts. On 10 December he files for divorce from his second wife and asks for a temporary restraining order to keep her from entering his house in Apsen, Colorado. On 13 December his next special is on CBS TV called “John Denver’s Montana Christmas Skies”.

In June 1992 he attends a press conference with the Dalai Lama at the “Earth Summit” in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil. On 27 December he performs at a benefit concert at the Wheeler Opera House in Aspen, Colorado to raise money to fight the state’s new anti-gay ordinance. On 21 August 1993 John is arrested for drunken driving. He appears in court on 24 September and agrees to a benefit concert for Tipsy Taxi and to perform 25 hours of public service in exchange for having the charge of driving under the influence reduced to driving impaired and also pays a 50 dollar fine. He also divorces his wife "Cassandra Delaney" this year. In January 1994 the Ford Motor Corporation Introduced the new "Windstar", a minivan that gets 17 mpg city, 24 mpg highway. On May 1 John becomes the first US pop star to ever perform in Vietnam when he gives a concert at Hanoi’s Opera House.

On 21 August exactly one year when he was last arrested his 1963 Porsche convertible is involved in an accident as it leaves the road and he is once again charged with driving under the influence. In March 1995 the DUI charges against John are set aside. The judge rules that trying him would amount to double punishment or double jeopardy due to his previous administrative hearing to suspend his driver's license. On 13 June his newest album on "Legacy" records titled "The Wildlife Concert" a 2-CD set is released and it peaks at #104 on the pop album chart. In May 1996 "Rhino" records releases a 2-CD set titled “The Rocky Mountain Collection” but it fails to chart. In October “RCA” records releases a compilation CD “Reflections: Songs Of Love And Life” but it too fails to make the charts. In March 1997 a different collection of songs are on the UK only release titled “The Rocky Mountain Collection” and it peaks at #19 there. He received his 1st ever Emmy award this year for his album titled "All Aboard!" in the category of "Best Musical Album For Children". The Federal Aviation Administration disqualifies John Denver for an avation medical certificate, citing his drinking problem. An aviation medical certificate is required for a valid pilot's license.

On 12 July his drunk driving trial finally ends with a hung jury. The jury reported they were deadlocked 3-3 late Saturday, and a hearing was slated for August 19th to decide the next steps to take in the case. John testified in his own defense, saying he didn't feel he was driving under the influence or while impaired when his antique yellow Porsche slammed into a cluster of trees in his exclusive Aspen neighborhood in August 1994. A test showed his blood alcohol level at .128, above the state's legal definition of being under the influence. His defense attorney argued the singer suffers from a thyroid condition that affects how the body metabolizes alcohol and makes the blood alcohol test unreliable.

In August "RCA" releases a 4-CD set called “The Country Roads Collection” and it peaks at #33 on the US country album chart. He would have 4 albums on the country album chart this year 3 of which also made the pop album chart the best of these was "The Best Of John Denver Live" that peaked at #8 on the country chart and at #52 on the pop album chart. He appeared in “Walking Thunder” this year along with “James Read”, “David Tom” and others.

On 12 October after having played 18 holes of golf at the Spyglass Hill Golf Course in Pebble Beach, California John is killed when his single engine Long-EZ experimental plane which he had only bought 2 days earlier crashes shortly after take-off from Monterey Peninsular airport. He crashes into the Monterey Bay approximately 100 yards off the coast of California at around 5:30 PM. Unfortunately, the person who had constructed the plane opted to locate the fuel tank selector valve behind the pilot's left shoulder. In order for Denver to reach back and switch tanks, he had to let go of the flight controls. At which point, the aircraft plunged 500 feet into the Pacific Ocean.

In November "River North" records releases "A Celebration Of Life/The Last Recordings" that had been recorded in September of the previous year and it peaks at #139 on the US pop album chart. In 1998 there were 2 albums of his on the country chart with the biggest seller being "Greatest Country Hits" that peaked at #36. In 1999 there were 2 more albums on the country chart with the best of these being "The Best Of John Denver" that peaked at #38. In 2000 a made for TV Movie called "Take Me Home: The John Denver Story" was aired with highlights of his musical career. Also appearing in the Movie was his first wife Annie, "Gerald McRainey"8, "Brian Markinson" and others. From 2001 up until 2004 there have been 3 other compilation albums by him on the country chart the best being "Christmas In Concert" in 2001 that peaked at #60.

My favorite CD of many I own by him is "LOVE AGAIN: GREATEST & LATEST" that was released on 5 December 2000 on "BMG" records. The songs on this CD are listed below in the order, as they appear followed by the length of each song and then my rating of each:

1. Annie’s Song 3:11 – 5
2. Perhaps Love – 2:43 – 4 with “Placido Domingo”
3. Dreamland Express – 3:16 – 3
4. Rocky Mountain High – 4:11 – 5
5. Seasons Of The Heart – 3:57 – 4
6. Whispering Jesse – 3:23 – 3
7. Take Me Home, Country Roads – 3:16 – 5
8. For You – 4:43 – 3
9. Windsong – 4:03 – 4
10. Leaving On A Jet Plane – 3:42 – 5
11. I’m Sorry – 3:26 – 5
12. Back Home Again – 4:46 – 5
13. Sunshine On My Shoulders – 4:55 – 5
14. Thank God I’m A Country Boy – 3:05 – 5
15. Christmas For Cowboys – 2:13 – 4
16. Love Again – 2:38 – 4 with “Sylvie Vartan”

TOTAL POINTS: 69 POINTS DIVIDED BY 16 SONGS = 4.31 OR 4 1/4 STARS

Rating Key:
5 –Great
4 – Very Good
3 – Good
2 – Fair
1 – Poor
0 – This song does not belong here!

Billboard US Top 100 Pop Singles for “JOHN DENVER”


1. Take Me Home, Country Roads – Debut on 04/10/71, Peaked at #2 (GOLD)
2. Friends With You – Debut on 11/06/71, Peaked at #47
3. Everyday – Debut on 03/11/72, Peaked at #81
4. Goodbye Again – Debut on 07/22/72, Peaked at #88
5. Rocky Mountain High – Debut on 11/25/72, Peaked at #9
6. I’d Rather Be A Cowboy – Debut on 05/26/73, Peaked at #62
7. Farewell Andromeda (Welcome To My Morning) – Debut on 09/15/73, Peaked at #89
8. Please, Daddy (Don’t Get Drunk This Christmas) – Debut on 12/22/73, Peaked at #69
9. SUNSHINE ON MY SHOULDERS - Debut on 01/26/74, Peaked at #1 (GOLD)
10. ANNIE’S SONG - Debut on 06/01/74, Peaked at #1 for 2 weeks (GOLD)
11. Back Home Again – Debut on 09/21/74, Peaked at #5 (GOLD)
12. Sweet Surrender – Debut on 12/28/74, Peaked at #13
13. THANK GOD I’M A COUNTRY BOY - Debut on 03/22/75, Peaked at #1 (GOLD)
14. I’M SORRY - Debut on 08/16/75, Peaked at #1 (GOLD)
15. Calypso – Debut on 10/11/75, Peaked at #2 for 4 weeks
16. Fly Away – Debut on 12/06/75, Peaked at #13 with “Olivia Newton-John”
17. Christmas For Cowboys – Debut on 12/13/75, Peaked at #58
18. Looking For Space – Debut on 03/06/76, Peaked at #29
19. It Makes Me Giggle – Debut on 05/08/76, Peaked at #60
20. Like A Sad Song – Debut on 09/11/76, Peaked at #36
21. Baby, You Look Good To Me Tonight – Debut on 12/25/76, Peaked at #65
22. My Sweet Lady – Debut on 03/12/77, Peaked at #32
23. How Can I Leave You Again – Debut on 11/26/77, Peaked at #44
24. It Amazes Me – Debut on 03/04/78, Peaked at #59
25. I Want To Live – Debut on 04/29/78, Peaked at #55
26. Autograph – Debut on 02/23/80, Peaked at #52
27. Dancing With The Mountains – Debut on 06/21/80, Peaked at #97
28. Some Days Are Diamonds (Some Days Are Stone) – Debut on 06/13/81, Peaked at #36
29. The Cowboy And The Lady – Debut on 10/31/81, Peaked at #66 written by “Bobby Goldsboro”
30. Perhaps Love – Debut on 01/16/82, Peaked at #59 with “Placido Domingo”
31. Shanghai Breezes – Debut on 03/06/82, Peaked at #31
32. Seasons Of The Heart – Debut on 07/31/82, Peaked at #78
33. Love Again – Debut on 11/10/84, Peaked at #85 with “Sylvie Vartan”

SOME SONG LYRICS

ANNIE'S SONG
You fill up my senses
Like a night in a forest
Like the mountains in springtime
Like a walk in the rain
Like a storm in the desert
Like a sleepy blue ocean
You fill up my senses
Come fill me again

Come let me love you
Let me give my life to you
Let me drown in your laughter
Let me die in your arms
Let me lay down beside you
Let me always be with you
Come let me love you
Come love me again

SUNSHINE ON MY SHOULDERS
Sunshine on my shoulders makes me happy
Sunshine in my eyes can make me cry
Sunshine on the water looks so lovely
Sunshine almost always makes me high

If I had a day that I could give you
I'd give to you the day just like today
If I had a song that I could sing for you
I'd sing a song to make you feel this way

Sunshine on my shoulders makes me happy
Sunshine in my eyes can make me cry
Sunshine on the water looks so lovely
Sunshine almost always makes me high

If I had a tale that I could tell you
I'd tell a tale sure to make you smile
If I had a wish that I could wish for you
I'd make a wish for sunshine for all the while

TAKE ME HOME, COUNTRY ROADS
Almost heaven, West Virginia
Blue Ridge Mountains
Shenandoah River -
Life is old there
Older than the trees
Younger than the mountains
Growin¡¯ like a breeze

Country Roads, take me home
To the place I belong
West Virginia, mountain momma
Take me home, country roads

All my memories gathered ¡®round her
Miner¡¯s lady, stranger to blue water
Dark and dusty, painted on the sky
Misty taste of moonshine
Teardrops in my eye

Country Roads, take me home
To the place I belong
West Virginia, mountain momma
Take me home, country roads

I hear her voice
In the mornin¡¯ hour she calls me
The radio reminds me of my home far away
And drivin¡¯ down the road I get a feelin¡¯
That I should have been home yesterday, yesterday

THANK GOD I'M A COUNTRY BOY
Well, life on the farm is kinda laid back
Ain't much an old country boy like me can't hack
It's early to rise, early in the sack
Thank God, I'm A Country Boy

Well a simple kinda life never did me no harm
A raisin' me a family and workin' on a farm
My days are all filled with an easy country charm
Thank God I'm a country boy

When the work's all done and the sun's settin' low
I pull out my fiddle and I rosin' up the bow
The kids are asleep so I keep it kinda low
Thank God I'm a country boy

I'd play "Sally Goodin'" all day if I could
But the Lord and my wife wouldn't take it very good
So I fiddle when I can, work when I should
Thank God, I'm a country boy

Well, I got me a fine wife, I got me old fiddle
When the sun's comin' up I got cakes on the griddle
Life ain't nothin' but a funny, funny riddle
Thank God I'm A country boy

Well I wouldn't trade my life for diamonds or jewels
I never was one of them money hungry fools
I'd rather have my fiddle and my farmin' tools
Thank God I'm a country boy

Yeah, city folk drivin' in a black limousine
A lotta sad people thinkin' that's a mighty keen
Son, let me tell ya now exactly what I mean
I thank God I'm a country boy

JAGUARDOG'S FINAL THOUGHTS

First off let me say I'm very sorry this posting was so very long as I try to limit them to 6 pages in MS Word and this one went 8. He did have a very long career as far as having a lot of charting singles and albums. I owned at one time 8 of his singles and 4 of his albums but now I have only a few CD's by him. His music was considered amiable, cheerful, earnest, good-natured, laid-back, light, mellow, reflective, romantic, sentimental and sweet.

God Bless Mr. "John Denver" and may he forever Rest In Peace.

Up next I am thinking on doing another 2 for the price of one posting depending on what I can find on these 2 artists. I hope you liked this review of "John Denver" and his career and I hope you drop by again real soon.

NOTE:
I wish to thank New member “whispjesse” for providing me with additional information and corrections to bring this review/posting more up to date and accurate.

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