John Denver: A Song’s Best Friend

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Airs Sunday, Dec. 11 at 9:30 p.m.


One of the world’s best-known and best-loved performers, John Denver earned international acclaim as a songwriter, performer, actor, environmentalist and humanitarian. His music has spanned three decades, 30 albums, outlasted countless musical trends, and garnered numerous musical awards and honors. Today, millions of fans, old and new, enjoy the work of this extraordinary performer.

"John Denver: A Song’s Best Friend" is a touching look at the man and his legacy, focusing on his most famous songs, with background and insight from those closest to him. The program features interviews with his ex-wife Annie, producer and arranger Milt Okun, manager Hal Thau, conductor and composer Lee Holdridge, and band members Pete Huttlinger and John Somers.

In selections from his popular 1970s television specials, and rare footage from concerts including Sing Australia! (1984 and 1994) and Red Rocks (1973 and 1982), Denver performs cherished classics including “Sunshine On My Shoulders,” “Country Roads,” and “Rocky Mountain High,” as well as other beloved favorites including “Perhaps Love,” “Thank God I’m a Country Boy,” and “This Old Guitar.”