John Denver: A Celebration

John Denver

John Denver was and still is my favorite singer….it is hard to believe that it has been 17 years now since he died in that plane crash off the coast of Monterey, California. However, I choose to remember him not with sadness, but with a celebration of his career. In doing so, I thought that I would share a few video clips that I’ve enjoyed over the years.

Here is a clip of John with Cass Elliot in a duet of “Leaving on a Jet Plane” on The Midnight Special  on August 19th, 1972:

I’ve posted this next clip before here but I like it so much that I just have to share it again….John and Doris Day from 1975 singing a medley of “Sunshine” songs:

Next up is the video for “Don’t Close Your Eyes Tonight” from 1985….I always enjoyed the sexiness of this one:

John worked very well with the Muppets and I love this performance of “Grandma’s Feather Bed”….”Grandma” even appears near the end:

Here’s a nice duet of “September Song” with John and Frank Sinatra:

John’s final song was called “Yellowstone, Coming Hone”….he did record it but it was never released (it was played at his memorial in Aspen)…but there is an audio recording of him singing it at his last concert in Houston, TX on October 4th, 1997:

I can’t think of a better way to end this celebration of John Denver than with a performance of my very favorite of all his songs….”Perhaps Love”. This was the very first time I heard this beautiful song….this clip is from the special that MSNBC aired after John died but it originally aired on Tomorrow on December 3rd, 1980 (despite what it says on the screen):

 

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