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December 31, 1943

John Denver is born Henry John Deutschendorf Jr. in Roswell, New Mexico.

August 28, 1971

John Denver's first hit, "Take Me Home Country Roads," peaks at #2 on the Hot 100.

March 30, 1974

John Denver's "Sunshine On My Shoulders" hits #1 in the US. The song first appeared on his 1971 album Poems, Prayers & Promises; it came to prominence after featuring in the made-for-TV movie Sunshine in 1973.

August 10, 1974

John Denver's album Back Home Again hits #1 in America.

September 27, 1975

John Denver's "I'm Sorry" hits #1, giving him his second chart-topper of the year, following "Thank God I'm A Country Boy."

October 18, 1975

John Denver's album Windsong hits #1 in America.

March 22, 1977

The John Denver TV special Thank God, I'm A Country Boy airs on ABC.

March 9, 1979

ABC airs the John Denver And The Ladies special, featuring Tina Turner, Valerie Harper, Cheryl Tiegs, Erma Bombeck and Cheryl Ladd.

July 30, 1986

RCA releases John Denver from his contract, possibly over his new single, "What Are We Making Weapons For?," which he recorded with the Russian singer Alexandre Gradsky. RCA had recently been acquired by General Electric, which was a top military contractor.

August 21, 1994

John Denver crashes his 1963 Porsche into a tree near his home in Aspen, Colorado, exactly one year after a previous arrest for driving while impaired.

October 12, 1997

John Denver, an avid amateur pilot who loves flying experimental aircraft, dies at 53 when the plane he is flying crashes into the Pacific Ocean.More

November 18, 1997

John Denver's last recording, The Unplugged Collection, is released.

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