The Christmas Music of John Denver

The Christmas Music of John Denver

Each decade seems to produce a dominant performer in the popular music of Christmas. In the 1970s that performer was John Denver. Born Henry John Deutschendorf, Jr in 1943, John Denver first rose to fame as the lead of The Mitchell Trio. As a late sixties folk-singing anti-government group The Mitchell Trio was slightly out of step with the times because they were clean-cut and wholesome. By 1969 Denver set out on his solo career. For Christmas Denver gave friends and family a demo recording of songs, some which he wrote himself. One he titled, “Babe, I Hate to Go”.Read more

John Denver Day

John Denver Day

Today is the 31st day of December, leaving just 359 days until Christmas, and on this day in 1943 one of the most popular Christmas icons of the 1970s was born. It is John Denver Day. His given name was Henry John Deutschendorf, Jr. but the world knew him as John Denver, an All-American boy with a love of nature, country roads and a blended folk, pop and country sound driven by an acoustic guitar and a lightweight tenor voice. Denver’s story in the music business is as American as he was. An army brat, Denver had a difficult timeRead more