Here’s to the late, great John Denver.
His estate is celebrating the 50th Anniversary of his beloved song “Rocky Mountain High” this week, which was the iconic title track from his 1972 album.
It became one of his most popular and signature songs, and is officially recognized as a state song of Colorado as of 2007.
It was actually written while Denver was camping in the Rocky Mountains during the Perseid Meteor Shower, as a way of expressing his love and wonder for his adopted state.
And in honor of the big anniversary, his estate has teamed up with Sony Legacy to digitize the archives of a concert special filmed in 1974 at Colorado’s famous Red Rocks Amphitheater, and it will air on PBS in spring 2023.
The show featured his biggest hits from the 70’s, and of course, many from his aforementioned Rocky Mountain High album, which was his sixth studio album at the time and his first Top 10 album in the U.S., peaking at #4 on the country charts.
I’m a sucker for vintage footage and never-before-seen videos like this, and I already know seeing John Denver in his prime performing at the stunning venue that is Red Rocks Amphitheater will be nothing short of incredible.
A specific date for when exactly it will air in the spring of 2023 is forthcoming.
His estate is reissuing the beloved record and title track on a limited edition blue vinyl to commemorate the milestone, as well.
“Rocky Mountain High”