JOHN Denver - one of the world's premier folk artists - plunged the world into mourning when he was killed in a plane crash on this day in 1997.

The bespectacled musician began his career in groups but found success as a solo artist singing about one of the greatest loves of his life - the wonders of nature.

The son of a military pilot, Denver was shipped from army base to army base across the US in the late 1940s and early 50s.

What was you favourite John Denver song?

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Take Me Home, Country Roads

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Shanghai Breezes

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Rocky Mountain High

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Some Days Are Diamonds (Some Days Are Stone)

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Sunshine on My Shoulders

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Thank God I'm a Country Boy

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Annie's Song

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Other

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Due to the nomadic lifestyle, Denver found it hard to settle and find friends before his father was again shipped off to another base.

However, he found some semblance of peace when he received his first guitar at the age of 11.

Denver began performing with various folk groups but in 1969, he made a career-defining decision and began performing as a solo artist, releasing his first album Rhymes & Reason.

However, it was his song, "Leaving on a Jet Plane", which went No.1 for fellow folk group Peter, Paul and Mary, that started to make people sit up and take notice.

But his next album, Poems, Prayers, and Promises, had people rushing to his sell-out shows as it became his breakthrough album, spurred on by the success of the single "Take Me Home, Country Roads".

John Denver was one of the world's great poets and folk artists.
John Denver was one of the world's great poets and folk artists. Sony Music

Denver quickly built a massive following as his music, mainly of his deep love with nature, struck a chord across the world.

His songs were so distinct and intoxicating that in 2007, Colorado State, where Denver lived most of his life, adopted "Rocky Mountain High" as one of its two state songs.

But Denver wasn't content just to let his music spread his message; he also became outspoken in politics, championed environmental issues, fought for artist's rights and focused on humanitarian causes.

His love of nature though was only superseded by his passion for flying, collecting a fleet of planes that included vintage aircraft and experimental planes.

But the freedom of flight that had ensnared him would ultimately steal away one of his generation's greatest poets.

On October 12, 1997, Denver's experimental Adrian Davis Long-EZ plane crashed into Monterey Bay off the coast of California. The cause of the crash was found to be a fuel problem. He was 53.  


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