(1943 - 1997) born Henry John Deutschendorf, Jr., was an American folk singer-songwriter and folk rock musician who was oneof the biggest selling artists of the 1970s. Songs such as " Take Me Home Country Roads," "Leaving on a Jet Plane," and " Rocky Mountain High" are popular all over the world. He was named the Poet Laureate of his home state of Colorado in 1977. In his lifetime, he recorded and released some 300 songs, about half of which he had written. Denver's songs were suffused with a deep kinship with the natural world and has been commonly referred to and nicknamed "The Poet For the Planet".
About Annie's Song
"Annie's Song" was John Denver's second number one hit in the USA, occupying that spot for two weeks in July 1974. It also went to number one in the UK. It was written as an ode to his then-wife, Annie Denver (Annie Martel). The song has since become a wedding standard and an expression of love for many people, due to its grand imagery and the fact it could apply to anyone. The name Annie is not mentioned in the song.
This song appears on many John Denver compilation albums including the 36 track 2 CD compilation "Annie's Song: A Collection of His Finest Recordings" released in 2006. On October 12, 1997 Denver was killed when the Long-EZ aircraft he was piloting ran out of fuel just off the coast of California.
|The guitar arrangement|
The arrangement is by David Boddington, an Australian classical guitarist I met through my guitar teacher Jason Waldron. David wrote many such arrangements of popular songs which he made freely available to teachers and students he was associated with.
To my knowledge he never published them because of all the red tape involved with copyright permissions. That reminds me. I must track him down again to ask when he is likely to kill me for using this arrangement in the video.