On this day in 1997, John Denver died when the handmade experimental airplane he was pilotying ran out of gas and crashed off the coast of Monterey Bay, CA. The 53 year old performer had 15 song on Billboards top 40 pop chart at the time of his death. Of these 15, 10 reached the number one position on either the Adult Contemporary or Country charts.

Music History Monday: October 12

On this day in 1997, John Denver died when the handmade experimental airplane he was piloting ran out of gas and crashed off the coast of Monterey Bay, CA. The 53 year old performer had 15 songs on Billboards top 40 pop chart at the time of his death. Of these 15, 10 reached the number one position on either the Adult Contemporary (AC) or Country (C) charts.

His number one songs include the singles, “Sunshine on My Shoulders”  (#1-AC), “Annie’s Song” (#1-AC), “Back Home Again” (#1- AC), “Sweet Surrender” (#1-AC) ,”Thank God I’m a Country Boy” (#1- C), “I’m Sorry” (#1- AC/C), and “Looking for Space” (#1- AC)

In addition to his success as a musician, John Denver was also an involved activist calling attention to environmental issues, lending his support to space exploration and testifying before congress against censorship in music.

Much of his life was spent in Colorado, a state with so much love for Denver that it adopted “Rocky Mountain High” as one of its state songs in 2007, and named him Poet Laureate of the state in 1974.

Join us today as we celebrate this beloved singer/songwriter, John Denver, and all of the wonderful melodies he gifted us.

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