John Denver (1943-1997) was a popular American country and folk singer-songwriter, environmental activist and actor during the 1970s. His hits include "Annie's Song," "Sunshine on My Shoulders," "Thank God I'm a Country Boy," "I'm Sorry" (all #1s), "Rocky Mountain High" and "Take Me Home Country Roads." He also starred in Carl Reiner's 1977 comedy Oh, God!, opposite George Burns in the title role.
Denver died in a light plane crash off the California coast on October 12, 1997.
1979: Hosted ABC-TV special John Denver and the Muppets: A Christmas Together; also released an album of same title. Both the TV special and album include renditions of his self-penned Christmas songs "Alfie the Christmas Tree" and "A Baby Just Like You."
1990: Windstar Records reissues A Christmas Together album on CD.
1996: LaserLight releases a second reissue of A Christmas Together on CD, with proceeds going to Plant-It 2000, a charity endorsed by Denver.
2003: Rocky Mountain Holiday special is reissued on DVD by Columbia/Sony (The plane flying segment with Rowlf is cut in sensitivity to the nature of Denver's passing).