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CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
October 23, 1997
My daughter Christine and I had tickets to a John Denver concert at the Forum in 1978. Imagine her heartbreak when she was stricken with a critical illness and had to go to the hospital instead. I sent a message to him and told him of her plight. The next day, bless his heart, he phoned the ICU ward and definitely cheered her up. He sang, they chatted and laughed and it was one of the happiest moments of her short life. He did this without publicity, showing what a truly caring and decent person he was. PAULINE POST Santa Barbara
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June 13, 2013 | Chris Erskine
Oy, camping! My backpack is the size of a Honda Fit. It has 54 pockets, 27 zippers and a functioning spleen. It weighs as much as a 9-by-12 rug with a dead Soprano rolled up inside. To shed it at the end of a long hike is the sweetest thing imaginable. We have backpacked eight miles into the wilderness, no world record but nothing to sneeze at either, eight miles straight up a broken escalator. Eight miles from the nearest bucket of ice or cheeseburger, medium rare. Me, I get too far from cheeseburgers and I start to panic a little, my breath coming in short, troubled bursts.
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ENTERTAINMENT
October 22, 2012 | By Mikael Wood
Fifteen years after John Denver's death in a plane crash, ATO Records announced Wednesday that it was preparing a tribute album to the late singer-songwriter best known for gentle folk-pop hits such as " Rocky Mountain High " and " Take Me Home, Country Roads . " "The Music Is You: A Tribute to John Denver," due out in February, will include contributions by a bevy of respectful rootsy-indie types, including Lucinda Williams, Brandi Carlile,...
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October 22, 2012 | By Mikael Wood
Fifteen years after John Denver's death in a plane crash, ATO Records announced Wednesday that it was preparing a tribute album to the late singer-songwriter best known for gentle folk-pop hits such as " Rocky Mountain High " and " Take Me Home, Country Roads . " "The Music Is You: A Tribute to John Denver," due out in February, will include contributions by a bevy of respectful rootsy-indie types, including Lucinda Williams, Brandi Carlile,...
NEWS
June 23, 1998 | From Associated Press
Low fuel, a hard-to-reach handle to switch gas tanks and modifications to his homemade airplane may have figured in the crash that killed singer John Denver last year, federal investigators said Monday. The National Transportation Safety Board, wrapping up the fact-finding phase of its investigation into the Oct. 12 crash, also confirmed that Denver lacked an aviation medical certificate--a requirement for a valid pilot's license--at the time of the crash.
NEWS
May 24, 1990 | From Times staff and wire service reports
John Denver received a standing ovation from the group he has blamed for threats to the planet--corporate executives. The singer, songwriter and activist mixed song, poetry and a save-the-Earth message in an address Tuesday to corporate real estate executives and developers at the Industrial Development Research Council's 1990 World Congress.
ENTERTAINMENT
March 30, 1998
A "John Denver Memorial Earth Tribute" will be held on April 23 at 8 p.m. at the Mint nightclub, 6010 W. Pico Blvd. in Los Angeles. The event will celebrate the late singer and environmentalist's life and music and will feature "The Rocky Mountain High Revue," performers Phil Christie, Kyle Vincent, Rocky Gaines and others, plus guest environmental speakers, video footage and surprise guests. Admission is $10. Proceeds will benefit the Alliance for Survival, peace and environmental groups.
NEWS
April 21, 1989 | From Times wire service s
John Denver's 1931 Waco biplane, caught by a gust of wind, crashed on landing at the Holbrook Airport, but the singer walked away unhurt, police said today. Denver's vintage airplane sustained "extensive damage" in the crash Thursday, but the entertainer did not need medical treatment, Police Chief Lester James said. Denver was alone in the plane and trying to land at Holbrook Airport for refueling on a flight from Carefree, Ariz., to Santa Fe, N.M. "When he attempted to set down, a gust of wind apparently blowing from the west caught the aircraft," James said.
ENTERTAINMENT
August 3, 1992 | JEAN ROSENBLUTH
Tousle-haired country boy John Denver dished up a comprehensive selection of songs from his nearly three decades of performing at the Greek Theatre on Friday. But despite their differences in age, almost all the tunes shared a single-minded fixation with rural splendor and environmental concerns. Denver threw the words mountain and wind into his three-hour appearance almost as often as President Bush would manage to say trust or Bill Clinton change .
NEWS
October 13, 1997 | ALAN ABRAHAMSON, TIMES STAFF WRITER
The pilot of a small plane owned by singer John Denver was killed Sunday afternoon when it crashed into Monterey Bay, a U.S. Coast Guard spokesman said, but the identity of the pilot was not yet known. Coast Guard Petty Officer Steve Aitkins said late Sunday that a lifeguard had recovered the pilot's body. Denver, 53, is a licensed pilot and has a vacation home in Monterey. "They cannot make an ID from the body," Aitkins said late Sunday.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
December 8, 2011 | Times staff and wire reports
Dobie Gray, a smooth balladeer and soul singer who scored his biggest hit in the early 1970s with "Drift Away," has died. He was 71. Gray, who had cancer, died Tuesday at his Nashville home, said Charlie Andrews, his attorney. Before he adopted the name of Dobie Gray — a nod to sitcom character Dobie Gillis — the singer recorded under other names before breaking through with 1965's "The 'In' Crowd," which became a top 20 hit. He also had success that year with "See You at the Go-Go.
ENTERTAINMENT
August 9, 2011
The classic 1987 film "Dirty Dancing" is going to be remade, adding songs from the 1960s and brand new compositions to some of the original music, Lionsgate said Monday. The beloved coming-of-age movie, starring the late Patrick Swayze as smoldering dance teacher Johnny Castle in a forbidden romance with teenager Jennifer Grey as Frances "Baby" Houseman, will be modernized for a new generation, producers said. Kenny Ortega, the film's original choreographer and the director of the Michael Jackson concert movie "This Is It" and "High School Musical," will direct the new version, which has not yet been cast.
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January 11, 2009
I enjoyed Reed Johnson's social commentary in Sunday's Calendar ["Scarcity Culture," Jan. 4] except for his use of the term "mind-numbing soft rock" when referring to the 1970s. I understand why he used the phrase, but I didn't much like it. First, what numbs your mind may excite mine. Second, it's hard to make a serious case that society's ills can be laid at the feet of the Little River Band or John Denver. Jon Konjoyan Toluca Lake
ENTERTAINMENT
December 6, 2006 | David C. Nichols, Special to The Times
Musing on his career, the late John Denver said, "My purpose in performing is to communicate the joy I experience in living." That viewpoint adorns "Back Home Again: A John Denver Holiday Concert" at the Rubicon Theatre in Ventura. This entrancing revue by Randal Myler and Dan Wheetman could not be more sincerely entertaining, thanks to dulcet singers Jim Newman and Gail Bliss and a festive band.
BUSINESS
November 20, 2003 | James Bates, Times Staff Writer
The late singer John Denver's heirs are entitled to a federal tax refund to the tune of $594,674 instead of paying back taxes of about $1.5 million, according to U.S. Tax Court records. Documents filed this month in Washington, D.C., show that Denver's two adult children, Zachary J. Deutschendorf and Anna Kate Deutschendorf, successfully fought Internal Revenue Service efforts to collect the money.
ENTERTAINMENT
April 29, 2000 | RACHEL FISCHER, SPECIAL TO THE TIMES
In Sunday's CBS movie, "Take Me Home: The John Denver Story," actor Chad Lowe paints a portrait of folk singer John Denver as a man more comfortable in the public role of all-American superstar than in the private role of all-too-human husband to Annie Martell Denver ("Sex and the City's" Kristin Davis).
ENTERTAINMENT
October 10, 1988 | DON HECKMAN
Faaar out! John Denver makes a comeback. Well, not exactly. His program Friday night at the Greek Theatre (the first show of his three-night engagement) was more an energetic retrospective and impassioned polemic than it was a pop music ritual of revival. Denver's apple-cheeked image, his warmly communicative stage manner and his high, airy-sounding tenor singing voice were as effective--and, in some senses, even better--than ever.
ENTERTAINMENT
October 20, 1999 | SHAUNA SNOW
TV & MOVIES John Denver Biopic: CBS is planning a two-hour TV movie on the life of the late John Denver to air later this season. The movie, from Granada Entertainment USA, will star Chad Lowe in the title role, with "Sex and the City" star Kristin Davis playing Denver's first wife, Annie Martell, who inspired Denver's No. 1 hit "Annie's Song." "Take Me Home: The John Denver Story" will be adapted from the late singer's 1994 autobiography, "Take Me Home."
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