Iconic singer and actor John Denver made his last public performance on October 5, 1997, a week before he was killed.
A video posted to YouTube shows the legendary musician, who was also a known activist, singing his hit songs, “Boy From The Country” and “Amazon”, at the Selena Auditorium in Corpus Christi, Texas.
The man named Mike who recorded and uploaded the video wrote that he was one of the several cameramen allowed to record Denver’s performance of the first two songs.
“His people warned us NOT to shoot continuous, only to roll for about 20 seconds, then stop 10. I ignored them and rolled straight. When one of the guys noticed I had done so, they kicked me out halfway into the second song,” wrote the owner of YouTube channel, sotvomike.
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The singer’s fans left kind words for him in the comments.
“To quote from the documentary about him, ‘John represented America at its best and healthiest.’ I can't imagine my childhood without his songs, his music, or his voice,” commented Siyuan Ma.
Matt Bruce admired Denver for his activism. He wrote: “John Denver did his best to warn us. A world without wild animals is not a world to live in. ”
“R.I.P John Denver! You´ll never be forgotten as person and musician!” David Allen wrote.
Denver died in a plane crash on October 12, 1997 in Monterey Bay, California.
ONE-OF-A-KIND COUNTRY ARTIST
He was known for writing and recording some of country music’s most beloved songs including “Take Me Home, Country Roads,” “Annie’s Song,” “Rocky Mountain High,” “Thank God I’m A Country Boy,” and “Sunshine on My Shoulders.”
Denver started as a member of a folk-music group called “The Alpine Trio” while studying architecture at Texas Tech University.
He later decided to drop out of college to move to Los Angeles where he started performing in folk clubs. In Los Angeles, he joined the folk group Denver, Boise, and Johnson.
He went solo in 1969, releasing an album with RCA Records.
One of his iconic songs, “Take Me Home, Country Roads,” was recently performed by rising star and ventriloquist Darcy Lynne Farmer.
Lynne sang a duet of John Denver's classic song, Take Me Home, Country Roads, with her puppet, Katie.