- On Air
- Music News
- Calendar of Events
- Support WERS
- About WERS
John Denver was one of the most beloved and acclaimed singer-songwriters to emerge from the folk-music scene of the late 1960s and 1970s. A groundbreaking artist in every respect, he was among the first artists to express environmental messages in his music, the first American artist to tour the USSR since the beginning of the Cold War, and also the first American artist to tour mainland China. His unabashedly emotional songwriting and championing of environmental causes produced numerous number one and top ten hits on the Billboard Hot 100, Country, and Adult Contemporary charts throughout the 1970s, including “Leaving On A Jet Plane” (which was recorded by Peter, Paul and Mary and became their first and only number one hit), and “Take Me Home Country Roads.”
Despite his untimely death 15 years ago, Denver’s music continues to have a lasting impact today, as shown in the eclectic collection of artists assembled for The Music Is You: A Tribute to John Denver. These include My Morning Jacket, Blind Pilot, Edward Sharpe and the Magnetic Zeros, Kathleen Edwards, Dave Mathews, Brandie Carlile and Emmylou Harris. The tribute album will be released this Tuesday, April 2, and will honor Denver’s philanthropic legacy by having a portion of the proceeds go on to benefit The Wilderness Society in his name.
Celebrate years of John Denver with us today at 5PM at WERS!