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On June 14, 2000.

On June 14, 2000, Paul Griffin died aged 62. He was musician (piano, keyboards), performed and recorded with hundreds of musicians including: King Curtis, Bob Dylan, Steely Dan, Don McLean, the Isley Brothers, Van Morrison, the Shirelles, Dionne Warwick. Dion DiMucci, George Benson, Tom Rush, Wilson Pickett, Michael Franks, John Denver, Peter, Paul and Mary, David Clayton-Thomas, Gloria Loring, Melba Moore, LaVern Baker, Janis Siegel, Solomon Burke, Jackie Lomax, Marlena Shaw, Roberta Flack, Donny Hathaway, John Lennon, Yoko Ono, Don Mclean, Carly Simon, Juddy Collins, Cheryl Lynn, Gloria Gaynor, Stephanie Mills, Donald Fagen,  Van Morrison, Paul Simon, Garland Jeffreys, Aretha Franklin, Bonnie Raitt and Laura Nyro.

On March 11, 2019.

On March 11, 2019, Harold Simon Belsky aka Hal Blaine died aged 90. He was musician (drums) regarded to be one of the most recorded studio drummers in the history of the modern music. He had more than 35,000 recording sessions in various music genres including big number of film and TV soundtracks. He worked with Shelley Fabares, The Crystals, Jan & Dean, The Beach Boys, Dean Martin, Lorne Greene, Gary Lewis & the Playboys, The Byrds, Sonny & Cher, Barry McGuire, Petula Clark, Nancy Sinatra, The Mamas & the Papas, Frank Sinatra, Johnny Rivers, The Supremes, The Association, Simon & Garfunkel, Tommy Roe, The 5th Dimension, Henry Mancini, The Carpenters, Neil Diamond, The Partridge Family, The Raiders, Barbra Streisand, John Denver, Captain & Tennille, Diana Ross, Sam Cooke, Van Dyke Parks, John Lennon, Lulu, Dennis Wilson, Paul Simon, Richard Harris, Glen Campbell, Emitt Rhodes, Art Garfunkel, Juice Newton, Michael Nesmith, Cher, Dusty Springfield, Aretha Franklin, J.J. Cale, José Feliciano, Bobby Darin, Rosanne Cash, Cass Elliot, Rodney Crowell, Dion DiMucci, Paul Anka, Barry Mann, Emmylou Harris, Jackie Lomax, Elkie Brooks, Helen Reddy, John Philips, Thelma Houston and Leonard Cohen. As leader Blaine released five albums.

On August 20, 2009.

On August 20, 2009, Lawrence William Knechtel died aged 69. He was a musician (keyboards, bass), a member of the Wrecking Crew, a collection of Los Angeles-based session musicians, and the band Bread. He recorded with big number of renowned artists including Elvis Presley, The Byrds, Barbra Streisand, The Beach Boys, The Doors, Cher, Simon & Garfunkel, Duane Eddy, The Mamas & the Papas, The Monkees, the Partridge Family, Paul Simon, Chet Baker, Jerry Garcia, Dave mason, Nancy Sinatra, Howard Roberts, Thelma Houston, Glen Campbell, Peter Allen, Barry Mann, Lalo Schifrin, Jimmy Webb, José Feliciano, Jackie DeShannon, Brian Cadd, Bobby Darin, Art Garfunkel, Stephen Bishop, David Clayton-Thomas, Billy Joel, Barry McGuire, Paul Young, Dolly Parton, Al Kooper, Johnny Rivers, John Denver, Chet Atkins, Helen Reddy, Joan Baez, Alen Roth, and Neil Diamond. Knechtel released two solo albums.

On June 22, 2019.

On June 22, 2019, Jerry Kirby Carrigan died aged 75. He was a musician (drums) and record producer. He first achieved widespread recognition as a member of the original Muscle Shoals Rhythm Section in Muscle Shoals, Alabama, and later as a session musician in Nashville, regarded as one of the creators of the Nashville sound known as “Countrypolitan”. He has recorded with Elvis Presley, Joan Baez, Johnny Cash, Charley Pride, Paul Anka, John Denver, Jerry Lee Lewis, Waylon Jennings, Bobby Bare, Ray Stevens, Kenny Rogers, Willie Nelson, Levon Helm, Dolly Parton, Leon Russell, Ronnie Hawkins, George Jones, Henry Mancini, Al Hirt, Johnny Mathis, and the Boston Pops Orchestra. In 2009 Carrigan was inducted into the “Nashville Cats”, by the “Country Music Hall of Fame”; in 2010 he was inducted into the “Alabama Music Hall of Fame”, and in 2019 Carrigan was inducted into the “Musicians Hall of Fame and Museum”.

On September 15, 1972.

On September 15, 1972, “RCA” label released “Rocky Mountain High”, the sixth John Denver album. It was recorded in 1972, and was produced by Milton Okun.


  • John Denver – 6 & 12-string acoustic guitars, vocals, arrangements
  • Gary Chester– drums, percussion
  • Eric Weissberg– banjo, steel guitar
  • Bill Danoff, Martine Habib, Bruce Innes, Mike Kobluk, Taffy Nivert– backing vocals
  • Richard Kniss – double bass, arranger
  • Frank Owens – piano
  • Paul Prestopino – acoustic guitar, autoharp
  • Mike Taylor – acoustic guitar
  • Pupils of the Whitby School, Greenwich, Connecticut – backing vocals

Track listing:

  1. Rocky Mountain High – John Denver, Mike Taylor
  2. Mother Nature’s Son – John Lennon, Paul McCartney
  3. Paradise – John Prine
  4. For Baby (For Bobbie) – John Denver
  5. Darcy Farrow – Steve Gillette, Tom Campbell
  6. Prisoners – John Denver
  7. Goodbye Again – John Denver
  8. Season Suite: Summer – John Denver, Mike Taylor, Dick Kniss
  9. Season Suite: Fall – John Denver, Mike Taylor, Dick Kniss
  10. Season Suite: Winter – John Denver, Mike Taylor, Dick Kniss
  11. Season Suite: Late Winter, Early Spring (When Everybody Goes To Mexico) – John Denver, Mike Taylor, Dick Kniss
  12. Season Suite: Spring – John Denver, Mike Taylor, Dick Kniss


In August 1967.

In August 1967, “Mercury” label released “Spanky and Our Gang”, the debut Spanky and Our Gang album. It was recorded in 1967, and was produced by Jerry Ross.


  • Elaine “Spanky” McFarlane – lead vocals
  • Nigel Pickering – rhythm guitar, vocals
  • Paul “Oz” Bach – bass guitar, vocals
  • Malcolm Hale – lead guitar, trombone, vocals
  • John “The Chief” Seiter – drums

Track listing:

  1. Lazy Day – George Fischoff, Tony Powers
  2. (It Ain’t Necessarily) Bird Avenue – Michael P. Smith
  3. Ya Got Trouble(In River City) – Meredith Willson
  4. Sunday Will Never Be the Same – Terry Cashman, Gene Pistilli
  5. Commercial – Michael P. Smith
  6. If You Could Only Be Me – Roger Atkins, Carol D’Errico
  7. Making Every Minute Count – John Morier
  8. 5 Definitions of Love – Bob Dorough, Dan Greenburg, Monte Ghertler
  9. Brother, Can You Spare a Dime? – Jay Gorney, Edgar Yipsel “Yip” Harburg
  10. Distance – Raymond Gilmore, Joe Renzetti
  11. Jet Plane – John Denver
  12. Come and Open Your Eyes (Take a Look) – Jo Mapes

In June 1973.

In June 1973, “RCA” label released “Farewell Andromeda”, the seventh John Denver album. It was recorded at “RCA Studio D” in New York City, and was produced by Milton Okun.


  • John Denver — guitar, vocals
  • Eric Weissberg— banjo, steel guitar
  • Jan Camp Garrett — mandolin, vocals
  • Victor Garrett — bass, vocals
  • Lawrence Gottlieb— steel guitar, vocals
  • Lee Holdridge— string arrangements
  • Michael Holmes — piano
  • Richard Kniss — bass
  • Herb Lovelle— drums
  • George Marge — woodwind
  • Frank Owens — piano
  • Paul Prestopino — guitar, autoharp
  • John Sommers — banjo, guitar, mandolin, vocals
  • Toots Thielemans— harmonica
  • Don Wardell — Executive Producer
  • Bryan Bowers — autoharp
  • Chip Taylor, Steve Chapin, Bill Danoff, Taffy Danoff, Steve Mandell, Martine Habib, Campden Street Choir — vocals
  • Kris O’Connor – assistant producer
  • Acy R. Lehman – art director
  • Mark English – cover art


All tracks by John Denver; except where noted.

  1. I’d Rather Be a Cowboy (Lady’s Chains)
  2. Berkeley Woman – Bryan Bowers
  3. Please, Daddy (Don’t Get Drunk This Christmas) – Bill Danoff, Taffy Nivert
  4. Angel from Montgomery – John Prine
  5. River of Love – John Sommers
  6. Rocky Mountain Suite (Cold Nights in Canada)
  7. Whiskey Basin Blues
  8. Sweet Misery – Hoyt Axton
  9. Zachary and Jennifer
  10. We Don’t Live Here No More – Bill Danoff
  11. Farewell Andromeda (Welcome To My Morning)

On October 12, 1997.


On October 12, 1997, Henry John Deutschendorf, Jr. aka John Denver died aged 53. Being musician, singer-songwriter, record producer, activist, actor and humanitarian, he was one the most popular and best selling American artists of the 1970s. In his career, Denver recorded more than 300 songs, with total sales of over 33 million copies, with twelve Gold and four Platinum albums. His best known and most popular songs are”Take Me Home, Country Roads”, “Annie’s Song”, “Rocky Mountain High” and “Thank God I’m a Country Boy”.

On October 9, 1978.


On October 9, 1978, Jacques Romain Georges Brel died aged 49. He was a Belgian singer, songwriter and actor, widely considered a master of the modern chanson. He recorded most of his songs in French and in Dutch, but he became a major influence on English speaking songwriters and performers such as David Bowie, Alex Harvey, Leonard Cohen, Marc Almond and Rod McKuen. The English translations of his songs were recorded by many famous performers including Ray Charles, Nina Simone, Frank Sinatra, Judy Collins, John Denver, the Kingston Trio,  Scott Walker and Andy Williams. Having sold over 25 million records worldwide, Brel is the fourth best-selling Belgian recording artist of all time.


On April 6, 1971.


On April 5, 1971, “RCA” label released “Poems, Prayers & Promises”, the fourth John Denver album. It was recorded in 1970 – 1971, and was produced by Milton Okun and  Susan Ruskin. The album contains contains “Take Me Home, Country Roads”, which would become Denver’s signature song.


  • John Denver – 6 & 12-string acoustic guitars, vocals
  • Eric Weissberg– banjo, steel guitars
  • Mike Taylor– acoustic guitar
  • Richard Kniss – double bass
  • Taffy Nivert– vocals (as “Fat City”)
  • Bill Danoff– vocals, guitar (as “Fat City”)
  • Frank Owens – piano
  • Gary Chester– drums, percussion
  • Don Wardell – Executive Producer

Track listing:

  1. Poems, Prayers and Promises – John Denver
  2. Let It be – John Lennon and Paul McCartney
  3. My Sweet Lady – John Denver
  4. Wooden Indian – John Denver
  5. Junk – Paul McCartney
  6. Gospel Changes – Jack Williams
  7. Take Me Home Country Roads – Bill Danoff, Taffy Nivert, John Denver
  8. I Guess He’d Rather Be in Colorado Bill Danoff and Taffy Nivert
  9. Sunshine on My Shoulders – John Denver, Richard Kriss, Mike Taylor
  10. Around & Around – John Denver
  11. Fire and Rain – James Taylor
  12. The Box – Kendrew Lascelles