It's been a big year for John Denver, even though he's been dead since 1997. Last April, the mop-topped troubadour who was born Henry John Deutschendorf was one of the first inductees in the Colorado Music Hall of Fame; the other, Red Rocks, wasn't available for comment, either. Last month, Denver was one of four people added to the Denver & Colorado Tourism Hall of Fame.
Record Store Day, coming up April 21, will be marked by the release of a series of seven-inch vinyl records with various artists covering John Denver songs. The John Denver -- The Music Is You series includes "Leaving on a Jet Plane" covered by Priscilla Ahn (Japanese electronica remix); "Take Me Home, Country Roads" by Sea of Bees; and "Leaving on a Jet Plane," by Slightly Stoopid.
Denver was touted for bringing international attention to Colorado Ski Country, as well as for composing "Rocky Mountain High," now one of two official state songs. And as the nomination letter from fan/musician Jim Salestrom notes, "John Denver loved skiing and was very accomplished even with the challenge of lacking a few toes on his left foot."
Now we know how he hit those high notes.
See John Denver skiing -- and singing -- here:
Get more info about JD in our post "John Denver: Five things you may not know."