Throwback Blog – How Jim (almost) Met John Denver

31 January 2020

People still ask if Jim had ever met John Denver…..

It is still one of our most frequently asked questions (right after “Is that his REAL hair?”)

So here is the story of how Jim (almost) met John Denver.  It’s a throwback blog because I wrote this in 2012.  The question still comes up, so here is a repeat of the story:

Jim and Anne Curry

Anne writes:  As long as I’ve known Jim (almost 40 years now) I’ve known that the one person he most wanted to meet in the world was John Denver. It’s a common question we get at every one of our concerts, and we’ve met so many people and heard so many stories of how they met John and how nice he was to them. Jim has never met John, but not for the lack of trying.

The summer after Jim graduated from high school, he bought tickets to see a John Denver concert nearby in Houston, TX. Somehow he obtained a precious backstage pass….this was his chance to meet John! Jim went to the concert with a girlfriend and two other friends from high school. Being a gentleman, Jim handed the pass to the afore mentioned girlfriend and said, “We’ll take turns, you can go first.”

But she didn’t return to share the backstage pass.

Jim and his two other friends found themselves waiting for her in the parking lot after the concert. They were an hour away from home, and they didn’t know if they should leave her there, and how they were going to explain to this girl’s parents how they lost her in Houston. After about a half hour, she finally found them in the parking lot. She was overjoyed and full of stories about how she met John Denver and the entire band, and how nice everyone was, and what a wonderful time she had…..

Not too long after that Jim moved to California to resume a relationship with me. The rest is history, MY history. I kind of think it’s possible that if this girl had not been selfish, Jim might have been able to realize his dream to meet John Denver. But then again, he might have stayed with that girl in Texas instead of dumping her for being selfish.

Thank you John Denver, for changing my life.


  1. Posted by: Karen Chambers

    I don’t know whether to laugh or cry! Thank you for sharing. I feel pretty certain that Jim does know John – through his music. And John certainly knows Jim! Thanks for keeping the music alive!

  2. Posted by: Anne

    Hi Karen Chambers, I hope you are laughing, that’s my goal! I think you are right about knowing John through his music, what better way to get to know someone! Thanks for your kind words.

  3. Posted by: Russ Ligeikis

    Anne and Jim –

    Thanks for coming back to North Georgia (maybe someday y’all will make it to the friendly confines of Walhalla – SC – Performing Arts Center). I know you’ll have two repeat customers since Toccoa isn’t that far. Leesa has had a rough time since losing her dad on December 18th and will finally have something to look forward to. I may save the news until February 14th when I see her next.

  4. Posted by: Anne

    Hi Russ, We are sorry to hear about Leesa’s dad, what a sad Christmas indeed. Sending our love to you both – hope to see you in Toccoa!

  5. Posted by: Judi Flanders

    I wish you were coming to Rochester, New York. I saw you here before and it was great!

  6. Posted by: Anne

    Hi Judi, I’m sure we’ll be back, don’t give up on us, we are trying!!

  7. Posted by: Detra Morton

    So So excited to see you and Jim on the calendar for GREENSBORO NC! We’ll be there!
    Detra and Bryan

  8. Posted by: Anne

    We will be happy to see you there Detra and Bryan!

  9. Posted by: Michel Emrich

    We have been traveling this winter again in AZ. I knew you were going to be in Yuma but wasn’t sure we would be in that direction for your concert. As it turned out we did get to Yuma but unfortunately missed you by one day. Hoping to see you sometime during the coarse of the year either in WI or somewhere south next winter. Keep up the great job of keeping Johns music alive. You do it so well I’m sorry that Jim wasn’t able to meet John. He certainly was gracious to me when I did.

  10. Posted by: Ruth Guy

    Great story Anne!! Hi to both of you! Hope you are coming to Ontario Canada, sorry to tell you I lost my good friend Maureen last March 13, 2019.. but she will be there in Spirit.

  11. Posted by: Anne

    Hi Ruth, I was so sorry to hear that you lost your friend Maureen, she will be missed for sure! We will try to get as close to you as we can someday.

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"It was a real trip down memory lane. ... Jim Curry was over there sounding like John Denver. A couple of times I closed my eyes and went back 15 years. It was strange and cool at the same time.". . .

Pete Huttlinger
Played guitar for John Denver, Nashville, TN

"The physical resemblance is amazing: the voice is unbelievable. If John Denver were alive today, he'd want to hear his songs performed by Jim Curry."

Christina Chanes Nystrom
City News


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