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November 18, 1997

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

October 12, 1997

John Denver, an avid amateur pilot who loves flying experimental aircraft, is the victim of a fatal plane crash. The airplane he flies has a fuel selection valve behind the pilot's head, forcing him to balance on the right rudder in order to switch tanks. That day, Denver leaves the airport with less fuel than he should have. He hits the right rudder when attempting to switch tanks, causing him to plow into the Pacific Ocean. Denver was the aircraft's sole occupant.More

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.

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.

March 9, 1979

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

March 22, 1977

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

October 18, 1975

John Denver's LP Windsong hits #1.

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."

August 10, 1974

John Denver's Back Home Again LP hits #1.

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 28, 1971

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

December 31, 1943

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

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