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I appreciate him more than I did when he was with us. CSB, one of his uncles was the HS music teacher in our small town. He was telling all of us how great his nephew was and how he was going to be a bigshot. Yeah, yeah, sure thing Bob. A couple years later, boom, there it is.

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21 minutes ago, 4th&Five said:

Almost Heaven, West Virginia...yeah, I'm stumped as to why they'd use that.

I think the part in question was what John Denver's connection to West Virginia was as the song writer, not why WVU would use that song, which is pretty obvious.

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My parents we big John Denver fans in the early 70s. He had some gteat tunes. Country Roads, Rocky Mountain High, Annie’s Song, Poems Prayers Promises, Calypso, Back Home Again, The Eagle and the Hawk.

Serious early 70s hippie shit for sure.

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On 10/14/2022 at 10:25 AM, jimmyjazz said:

I never really understood the "West Virginia" angle.  I don't think he ever lived there.

Trvia answer:  he attended Texas Tech

And he wrote some of his first big hits (Annie's Song, Country Roads, Leaving on a Jet Plane) while living in Edina, MN with his first wife, Annie Martell.

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Before he was famous he wrote Leaving On A Jet Plane, which is a pretty amazing song. He probably made a few bucks o that one.

Yeah, first songs I learned on guitar from the hippie giving me lessons at the music store were John Denver tunes. I dug him back in the day, and he seemed like a pretty cool dude. 

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I remember them playing "Thank God I'm a Country Boy" during the 7th inning stretch at Arlington Stadium back in the late 70s/early 80s.  I could stomp the bleachers as hard as I wanted and make a ton of noise and no one chastised me.  It was awesome watching the peanut shells bounce with the whole crowd going.  So if for nothing else, I always have that. 

But man he was a hell of a song writer.  

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Never understood his music fully until I hung out in his part of Colorado. Sunshine on my shoulders makes perfect sense in that part of Colorado, especially at elevation. Even in the summer the cold mornings, cold nights, add winters and those summer afternoons when the sun is blessing you with its rays are a god send.  I became a pay attention fan only a few years ago as opposed to a casual fan as before. Incredible music, highly underrated in the cannon of the greats.

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On 10/14/2022 at 10:25 AM, jimmyjazz said:

Trvia answer:  he attended Texas Tech

More trivia: He had a dorm room that was either a few doors down, or the same one (conflicting stories) as John Hinckley Jr, obviously separated by a decade or more.  In the 90s, a friend had the same dorm room as Hinckley, and was arrested by the Secret Service, so that dorm room is jinxed.  Advantage: John Denver.

Also, I know a shitload of people who have bought John Denver albums, but have never known a single living person who bought a John Mayer album.  Advantage: John Denver,

Also, John Hinckley Jr’s YouTube channel has a few tens of thousands of subscribers, and his music videos have been watched around a million times. John Denver Youtube channels have millions of subscribers across multiple channels, and his more popular songs have tens of millions of views.  Advantage: John Denver.

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