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He soon did have someone to love, as he met Ann Martell and followed her on a skiing trip to Aspen. On the departure of Chad Mitchell, the Chad Mitchell Trio floundered and, through a series of misfortunes, Denver found himself with debts of $40,000.
The public warmed to his million- watt smile, his cowboy shirts, his granny glasses, his Dutch haircut, his valiant attempts at juggling and his catchphrase, "Far out".
Denver nearly joined the Byrds but instead became part of the popular Chad Mitchell Trio, and in 1967, they recorded his composition, "Leavin' on a Jet Plane".
Denver wrote it in Washington "not so much from feeling that way for someone, but from the longing of having someone to love".
He was giving a concert with Bill and Taffy Danoff, who played him a song they were writing, "Take Me Home, Country Roads".
Denver finished it and asked RCA to add it to the album.
Henry John Deutschendorf Jr (John Denver), singer, guitarist, songwriter: born Roswell, New Mexico 31 December 1943; married first 1967 Ann Martell (one adopted son, one adopted daughter; marriage dissolved 1983), second Cassandra Delaney (one daughter); died Monterey Bay, California 12 October 1997.
It is surprising to discover that John Denver only had one UK Top 30 hit, "Annie's Song".
Despite numerous tours and television appearances, the British public ignored all his other US No 1s - "Sunshine on My Shoulders", "Back Home Again", "Thank God I'm a Country Boy", "Calypso" and "I'm Sorry".
In the same way that the British public never latched on to surf records, maybe his Johnny-One-Note theme of the Rocky Mountains was too alien to us.
Most of us thank God we're city boys - and if we had all followed John Denver into the wilderness, there would have been no wilderness at all.
He was born Henry John Deutschendorf, the son of an air force pilot, in Roswell, New Mexico, on New Year's Eve 1943.
It was a joyous song about how he had been born again in the summer of his 27th year.