John Denver & Cass Elliot Leave on a Jet Plane

Every once in a while someone will ask me about JOHN DENVER, (born: Henry John Deutschendorf Jr.) who had a string of hits in the Folk/Rock genre in the 70's, including ROCKY MOUNTAIN HIGH, and TAKE ME HOME COUNTRY ROADS, among others. I did meet John once when we happened to be visiting the same radio station, and we chatted for a bit; my answer to what he was like usually goes something like this: (He was a great singer/songwriter and the salt of the earth, but kind of "Goofy.")

Then they'd ask goofy in what way, and it was hard to explain. But Scott found this clip of John on a Get Out the Vote TV Show, along with Mama Cass. They engage in a little repartee, and I think you'll see what I was talking about. John and Cass sing a duet of: LEAVING ON A JET PLANE, which he wrote, but was made famous by the trio: PETER, PAUL AND MARY.

John Denver died tragically in 1997 at age 54, when the experimental plane he was flying crashed into Monterey Bay. Apparently a switch that would exchange fuel tanks didn't work and his plane went down. Here's the clip from the Get Out the Vote Show with John and Cass harmonizing in color and good sound. @therealdonrocks [if !supportLineBreakNewLine] [endif]A version of this post originally appeared on The Don Rocks Facebook page. For more stories like these every day, join us on Facebook and Twitter.

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