John Denver to receive posthumous Hollywood star

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HOLLYWOOD (CNS) – John Denver will posthumously receive the 2,531st star
on the Hollywood Walk of Fame today, honoring a career of more than 30 years
that included such memorable songs as “Rocky Mountain High” and “Thank God
I’m A Country Boy.”

 
Denver’s son, Zak Deutschendorf, and his daughter, Jesse Belle Denver,
will accept the star at the 11:30 a.m. ceremony at 7065 Hollywood Blvd. The
band Trampled by Turtles will perform an acoustic version of Denver’s song
“Annie’s Song.”

 
The ceremony coincides with the opening of a monthlong exhibition of
Denver’s photographs at the Substrate Gallery in Hollywood, “Sweet, Sweet
Life: The Photographic Works of John Denver.”

 
Born Henry John Deutschendorf Jr. on December 31, 1943, in Roswell, New
Mexico, Denver began his artistic journey when he was given his grandmother’s
guitar when he was 11 years old. He eventually took guitar lessons and joined a
boys’ choir, which led him at age 20 to pursue his dream of a career in music.

 
He moved to Los Angeles in 1963 to be in the heart of the burgeoning
music scene. He was urged by friends to change his name, taking his stage name
from the capital city of his favorite state, Colorado. He would later settle in
Aspen, Colorado, and his love for the Rocky Mountains inspired many of his
songs.

 
Denver experienced his first major break in the music industry when he
was chosen from among 250 other hopefuls as lead singer for the popular
Mitchell Trio. He gained recognition when his song “Leaving On A Jet Plane”
was recorded by Peter, Paul and Mary, becoming their first and only Number 1
hit.

 
When the Mitchell Trio disbanded, Denver became a solo act, recording
such hit songs as “Take Me Home, Country Roads,” “Rocky Mountain High,”
“Sunshine On My Shoulders,” “Annie’s Song,” “Back Home Again,” “Thank God
I’m A Country Boy,” and “Calypso.”

 
Denver’s honors include a Grammy in 1997 for best children’s album for
“All Aboard!”; American Music Awards for favorite pop/rock male artist,
favorite country artist and favorite country album; Country Music Association
Awards for entertainer of the year and song of the year; and an Academy of
Country Music Award for album of the year.

 
Denver was killed in a 1997 plane crash at the age of 53.

 

Photo: Steve Broer
Photo: Steve Broer
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John Denver to receive posthumous Hollywood star
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John Denver will posthumously receive the 2,531st star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame today, honoring a career of more than 30 years that included such memorable songs as ``Rocky Mountain High'' and ``Thank God I'm A Country Boy.''
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