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Died On This Date (October 12, 1997) John Denver / Popular ’70s Singer-Songwriter

Posted by themusicsover on October 12, 2009

John Denver (Born Henry Deutschendorf)
December 31, 1943 – October 12, 1997

John Denver was an American folk rock singer-songwriter who released several pop hits during the ’70s.  His 300-strong catalog of popular songs included “Leaving on a Jet Plane,” “Take Me Home Country Roads,” “Rocky Mountain High,” “Annie’s Song,” and “Thank God I’m a Country Boy,” and “Sunshine on My Shoulder.”  Denver also had a strong presence on television and film during the height of his career.  He was featured in a handful of Muppet specials, hosted the Grammy’s five times, and sat in for Johnny Carson on the Tonight Show several times. In 1977, he starred alongside George Burns in the popular comedy, Oh God!.    In later years, Denver devoted most of his time to various humanitarian causes.  He was also a licensed pilot and flying enthusiast.  On October 12, 1997, John Denver died when the experimental aircraft he was piloting crashed shortly after take off from a Central California coast airport.   Witnesses say the plane made a sudden dive into the ocean, leading experts to conclude that he likely accidentally pushed the right rudder pedal while maneuvering in the seat.  Denver was 53 when he died.

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2 Responses to “Died On This Date (October 12, 1997) John Denver / Popular ’70s Singer-Songwriter”

  1. cheryl said

    hey this is so sad this guy john denver died on my birthday october 12 1997 wow that was so sad

  2. MJ said

    Wow, he died on my birthday too… 🙁

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