Happy Birthday John Denver!

31 December 2022

December 31 is John Denver’s Birthday! He was born in 1943 so today he would have been 79 years old! Here is a video of John at 51. This is one of the best videos made of John at an “older” age (the Wildlife Concert- 2 years before he died) When you watch it, imagine what he would have looked like and sounded like 28 years older!

I know he would still be perfect! To me, John’s voice improved with age, his breath control seemed effortless and his tone mellowed. John shines with confidence and is obviously very comfortable performing for a live audience – something learned from years of experience.

Happy Birthday John Denver!  May your legacy live on and on.

Watch John Denver, 51 years old sing “Take Me Home, Country Roads”

Jim Burton is playing the dobro, Alan Deremo is playing bass. Pat Hawk (Alan’s wife) is singing harmony, Pete Huttlinger on banjo, Chris Nole on piano and Machito Sanchez on drums.

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  1. Posted by: Charles Stevens

    Saw him (with just his guitar and a piano) , 5 months before his accident he sounded great

  2. Posted by: Anne

    We saw the same tour! I was so impressed at his ability to hold an audience with just himself and instruments and so happy that we were able to see him before he passed.

  3. Posted by: Darrin

    That performance was stellar. I could listen to it over and over. Sadly, I never saw John Denver before he was gone. But happily I get to hear the wonderful Jim Curry, preserving the legacy. You were amazing, playing with the orchestra at the Ontario show band. Thank you! It was so very special.

  4. Posted by: Anne

    Thank you Darrin! I enjoyed performing with the Ontario Show Band!

  5. Posted by: Noreen Schell

    My husband and I absolutely love the Wildlife Concert. We have the 2-cd set and we watch the DVD at home regularly. I also watch it on YouTube when I am working out at the gym. I also got both the cd and the DVD for my husband’s sister and her husband. The songs in the concert was so beautifully performed and the quality of the video is just so stunning.

    With so many wonderful songs in that concert, it is difficult to pick favorites, but if you held a gun to my head, I would say that it goes without saying that “Take Me Home, Country Roads and Rocky Mountain High are on my list, along with “For You”, “Rhymes & Reasons”, Eagles and Horses”, and “This Old Guitar”. The last two songs went up on my list because they are my husband’s favorites.

    We have been blessed to see Jim Curry and his band in concert twice in Sarasota, FL (in 2021 and 2023), and God-willing, we will see them again on 9/30/23 in Ocala, FL. I love Ann’s voice, the orchestration of the music, and some instruments that I am not used to hearing.

  6. Posted by: Anne

    Hi Noreen, Thank you for the nice letter! Yes the Wildlife concert is a wonderful DVD! We are glad you are enjoying our concerts in Florida – see you in September!

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"I cannot wait for our market to hear Jim’s voice; it truly is spot-on and a beautiful tribute to John’s music."

Lori Kirby, Marketing Director
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"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."

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