release - 1974
album art - Frank Mulvey / Gribbitt!
Henry John Deutschendorf Jr. (December 31, 1943 – October 12, 1997), known professionally as John Denver, was an American musician, singer-songwriter, record producer, activist, actor, and humanitarian. Denver began his music career in folk music groups in the late 1960s. His greatest commercial success was as a solo singer, starting in the 1970s.
He recorded and released approximately 300 songs, about 200 of which he composed, with total record sales of over 33 million. His most popular songs are Take Me Home, Country Roads, Annie's Song, Rocky Mountain High, and Thank God I'm a Country Boy. Denver was an avid pilot and died at the age of 53 in a single-fatality crash of his personal experimental aircraft.