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I believe we are here for each other, not against each other

John Denver's acoustic country music is still held dear by many people around the world. As an American singer-songwriter, he captured the natural beauty and pioneering spirit of his home. Songs like the famous Take Me Home, Country Roads, and Rocky Mountain High all embody this feeling.

Denver was born in Roswell, New Mexico in 1943 as Henry John Deutschendorf Jr. He moved many times when he was a boy with his military family, but started his music career young, singing in choirs. In college, he performed in local folk bands with his trademark acoustic guitar. He changed his surname to Denver for his favourite state, (and because it would fit on a marquee more easily).

Solo success hit after years of travelling as a supporting act and writing lyrics for other performers. He won the American Country Music Association's Entertainer of the Year in 1975. With his down-home appearance and optimistic songs, he became a regular guest on television, too.

He died in a plane crash in 1997, pursuing his love of flying. The state of Colorado lowered their flags to half-mast upon hearing the news. After his funeral, his ashes were scattered in his beloved Rocky Mountains.

John Denver is remembered for his contribution to music and for his passionate advocacy for environmental and humanitarian causes.