The John Denver Estate marks the twentieth anniversary of Denver’s untimely death on October 12 with a slew of new releases and programs including a new single, an album release, two museum exhibits and new availability of Denver’s 1994 autobiography.
The never heard before single “The Blizzard” is available via all major streaming services. Billboard premiered the single today listen HERE and read the full Billboard piece HERE. Denver recorded a version of the Judy Collins track in the early ’90s and sent her a demo of his interpretation. The John Denver Estate unearthed the master recording in 2016 and are releasing it as a tribute to Denver on this anniversary.
On December 1, John Denver: The Windstar Greatest Hits will be made available on vinyl and digital services, with a blue vinyl edition sold exclusively at Cracker Barrel Stores. This greatest hits package features eleven of Denver’s most beloved songs including “Calypso,” “Annie’s Song” and “Take Me Home, Country Roads.” These versions were re-recorded by Denver in the ’90s.
Additionally, Denver’s 1994 biography Take Me Home is now available on Kindle and paperback, while the Audible.com audiobook is read by Denver himself, and The Woody Guthrie Center, in conjunction with The Grammy Museum, is hosting an exhibit of Denver memorabilia. The exhibit includes stage costumes, handwritten lyrics, personal photographs among other items and is running through early 2018. Additional information is HERE.
For fans travelling through The Denver International Airport, Denver will be the subject of an exhibition curated alongside the Colorado Music Hall of Fame. The exhibition runs through mid-October 2017; for more information see HERE
John Denver, the two-time Grammy Award-winning singer songwriter (and five-time Grammy Awards host) and Poet Laureate of Colorado, released 23 studio albums in his lifetime. He is best known for the beloved songs “Leaving on a Jet Plane,” “Take Me Home, Country Roads,” “Sunshine On My Shoulders,” “Annie’s Song” and “Rocky Mountain High,” which is the state song of Colorado. Denver is the 53rd highest selling artist worldwide with over 35 million records sold and seven Billboard Top Ten Albums in the U.S. His catalogue continues to sell thousands of units per week. He has had seven multiplatinum, thirteen platinum and 20 gold U.S. Certified albums, and was the subject of the critically acclaimed tribute album John Denver: The Music Is You. Among his numerous awards and recognitions, Denver was instrumental in championing environmental causes and space exploration.