Sweet Surrender JOHN DENVER





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Published on Dec 6, 2011

A trip down memory lane through the 1970's would not be authentic if it did not include at least one song by the late great John Denver. He was such an integral part of the soundscape of my youth. His heartfelt, wholesome look and sound was a warming influence for this youthful spirit that was troubled as a child. Pop music in all its forms helped to create a happier existence for me.

Denver was a lot of things to a lot of people. A Country star, a folk singer, a humanitarian, an environmentalist before it was fashionable to be one, He conquered several mediums during his career - film, television, but is best remembered for his pop and country hits during the 1970's and early 80's. He dominated the hit parades for most of the early part of the decade, and his trademark blonde hair, rimmed glasses and squeaky clean image made him a favourite across the generations.

"Rocky Mountain high", "Take me home country roads", "Back Home Again", "Calypso", "Thank God I'm A Country Boy" and "Annie's Song" were just a few of the many hits he charted with and received airplay for long after the records left the Top 40. Like the Eagles and Fleetwood Mac, his songs were staples on easy listening and Classic Pop playlists over the years.

In Australia, he too was a firm favourite, having toured here and also achieved strong album and single sales. My introduction to John's music was the 1974 classic "Back Home Again".

I have chosen "Sweet Surrender" as my chosen tribute to him, as it seems to be a forgotten gem, and is quintessential John Denver - a little bit pop, a little bit country, a little bit folk and both catchy but inspiring with its indomitable spirit - so John Denver. Enjoy!!


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