a United States Army Air Forces pilot then stationed at Roswell AAF, and his wife, Erma Louise (Swope). Denver's Irish Catholic and German maternal grandmother was the one who imbued Denver with his love of music.
In his autobiography, Take Me Home, Denver described his life as the eldest son of a family shaped by a stern father who could not show his love for his children.
Their version of the song hit number one on the Billboard Hot 100. Although RCA did not actively promote Rhymes & Reasons with a tour, Denver himself embarked on an impromptu supporting tour throughout the Midwest, stopping at towns and cities as the fashion took him, offering to play free concerts at local venues.
(Ironically, this was the only single to hit number one for the group.) Denver's composition also made it to the U. No.2 spot in February 1970, having also made No.1 on the U. When he was successful in persuading a school, college, American Legion hall, or local coffee-house to let him play, he would spend a day or so distributing posters in the town and could usually be counted upon to show up at the local radio station, guitar in hand, offering himself for an interview.
Denver recorded two more albums in 1970, Take Me to Tomorrow and Whose Garden Was This, including a mix of songs he had written and cover versions of other artists' compositions.
His next album, Poems, Prayers, and Promises (released in 1971), was a breakthrough for him in the U.
Denver appeared in several films and television specials during the 1970s and 1980s.
He learned to play well enough to perform at local clubs by the time he was in college.
He is also the nephew of singer Dave Deutschendorf of The New Christy Minstrels.
Because Denver's father was in the military and his family moved often, it was difficult for him to make friends and fit in with other children of his own age.
Attending high school in Fort Worth was a distressing experience for Denver.
In his third year of high school, he borrowed his father's car and ran away to California to visit family friends and begin his music career.