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Achievements

 

John Denver's Lifetime Achievements

 

 

 

Achievements:

In a career that has spanned more than two decades, John Denver has earned international acclaim as a songwriter, performer, actor and humanitarian. Denver's popularity may be measured in record sales that few other artists have achieved, including 14 gold albums and 8 platinum albums in the U.S. alone. He has had many gold and platinum sales overseas as well. John's "Greatest Hits" album is still one of the largest selling albums in the history of RCA Records, with worldwide sales of over 10 million copies. John Denver is one of the top five recording artists in the sales history of the music industry.

 

 

 

1998

 

Grammy Winner

Congratulations John

 

Category 62
Best Musical Album For Children
All Aboard!
John Denver
John Denver, Roger Nichols & Kris O'Connor, producers
[Sony Wonder Records]

JOHN DENVER
Achievements and Credentials

I. RECORDING AWARDS

ASCAP TOP HITS
1969 - Leaving On A Jet Plane
1971 - Follow Me; Take Me Home, Country Roads
1973 - Rocky Mountain High
1974 - Back Home Again
1975 - Calypso; Fly Away, I'm Sorry, Thank God I'm A Country Boy
1976 - Looking For Space
1977 - Baby You Look Good To Me Tonight
1978 - How Can I Leave You Again
1981 - Take Me Home, Country Roads

PLATINUM ALBUMS (1 MILLION SOLD):
Back Home Again
Poems, Prayers and Promises
Rocky Mountain High
John Denver's Greatest Hits
An Evening With John Denver
A Christmas Together (John Denver and the Muppets)
I Want To Live
Spirit

PLATINUM SINGLES
Take Me Home, Country Roads

GOLD ALBUMS (1/2 MILLION SOLD):
Rocky Mountain High
Farewell, Andromeda
Aerie
Windsong
Back Home Again
Rocky Mountain Christmas
Poems, Prayers and Promises
John Denver's Greatest Hits
An Evening With John Denver
I Want To Live
A Christmas Together
Spirit
Some Days Are Diamonds

GOLD SINGLES:
Sunshine On My Shoulders
Back Home Again
I'm Sorry
Thank God I'm A Country Boy
Annie's Song
Perhaps Love (with Placido Domingo)

CANADIAN GOLD:
John Denver's Greatest Hits
A Christmas Together

AUSTRALIAN GOLD:
Rocky Mountain Christmas
An Evening With John Denver
Windsong
Rocky Mountain High
John Denver's Greatest Hits
Poems, Prayers and Promises
Back Home Again
Higher Ground

GERMAN GOLD:
The Best of John Denver

In 1981, John received a special RCA Award for his album "John Denver's Greatest Hits." It sold in excess of 10 million
copies in the United States, making it the biggest seller in
RCA history.

II. INTERNATIONAL RECORD SALES

AUSTRALIA

GOLD (Over 20,000 Units Sold):
Spirit
Rocky Mountain Christmas
Autograph
John Denver Live
An Evening With John Denver
Greatest Hits, Volume 2
Windsong
Poems, Prayers and Promises
Back Home Again

PLATINUM (Over 50,000 Units Sold):
Greatest Hits, Volume 2
Back Home Again
Some Days Are Diamonds

GERMANY

GOLD (Over 250,000 Units Sold):
Great Successes (a release of Greatest Hits Vols. 1 & 2)

PLATINUM (Over 500,000 Units Sold):
Great Successes

UNITED KINGDOM

GOLD (Over 100,000 Units Sold):
An Evening With John Denver
Rocky Mountain High
Windsong
Back Home Again
Live in London
Best of John Denver

PLATINUM (Over 300,000 Units Sold):
Back Home Again
Live in London
Best of John Denver

III. OTHER AWARDS

1974 - Cash box's #1 Album seller, #1 Artist
- ASCAP Award for Top Album of the Year

1974/75 - Record World's Top Male Recording Artist

1975 - ABC's Bi-centennial Music Award for Top Male
Vocalist by the National Press

- Finalist in 5 categories for Country Music Awards

- Country Music Entertainer of the Year
- Country Music Song of the Year (Back Home Again)
- People's Choice Award's Favorite Musical Performer
- AGVA Singing Star of the Year

1977 - People's Choice Award
- Poet Laureate of Colorado

1979 - U.S. Jaycee's Ten Outstanding Men of America Award
- Whale Protection Fund Service Award

1982 - Carl Sandburg's People's Poet Award

1985 - NASA Medal for Public Service
- Presidential "World Without Hunger Award" conferred
by President Reagan

1990 - National Wildlife Federation Conservation
Achievement Award

- International Center for Tropical Ecology World
Ecology Award

1993 - Albert Schweitzer Music Award

 IV. TELEVISION SPECIALS

1974 - The John Denver Special
- A Family Event

1975 - An Evening With John Denver

1976 - Rocky Mountain Christmas
- Host of the Emmy Awards

1977 - Thank God I'm A Country Boy

1978 - John Denver and Friends
- Rocky Mountain Reunion

- John Denver in Australia
- Grammy Awards - Host

1979 - Grammy Awards - Host

1980 - The Higher We Fly

1981 - John Denver and the Muppets: A Christmas Together
- John Denver and George Burns: Two of A Kind
- Music and the Mountains

1982 - Grammy Awards - Host

1984 - Rocky Mountain Holiday
- John Denver's Annual Celebrity Pro/Am Ski Tournament

1986 - Leftovers
- The Christmas Gift

1987 - Foxfire (Hallmark Hall of Fame)

1988 - Higher Ground
- John Denver's Christmas in Aspen

1989 - "An Evening At The White House" (PBS)

1990 - Christmas in Washington - Host
The Muppets Celebrate Jim Henson

V. AWARDS FOR TELEVISION SPECIALS

ROCKY MOUNTAIN REUNION:
Western Heritage Center's National Cowboy Hall of Fame Award for Most Outstanding Factual Documentary

Freedom Foundation at Valley Forge - George Washington Award for Best Documentary of the Year

CINE Golden Eagle Award selected for its excellence to
represent the USA in international motion picture events
abroad

American Film Festival New York City Blue Ribbon Award for Best Educational Film

Denver International Film Festival Award for outstanding
achievement in film making for 1979

Best Outdoor Travel and Recreational film, awarded by Michigan
Outdoor Writer's Association in 1979-80 at the National
Outdoor Travel Film Festival

THE HIGHER WE FLY:
Earl D. Osborn Award for outstanding excellent on the subject of aviation, presented by the Aviation/Space Writer's
Association

ROCKY MOUNTAIN CHRISTMAS
1975/76 National Academy of Television Arts and Sciences Emmy
Award for the best musical variety special of the season

 VI. FEATURE FILMS

1977 - "Oh God!" (with George Burns)
1993 - "Walking Thunder"

VII. BOARD OF DIRECTORS AND ADVISORY BOARDS SERVED ON

- Presidential Commission on World and Domestic Hunger,
under President Carter's Administration

- The Windstar Foundation (Founder, Board of Directors)

- The Cousteau Society

- The Hunger Project (Founder, Board of Directors)

- National Space Institute

- World Federalists Association

- Friends of the Earth

- est

- The Kushi Foundation

- Human/Dolphin Foundation

- Music Associates of Aspen

- Aspen Center for Environmental Studies

- The Challenger Center

- Plant-It 2000

VIII. SPEECHES

- Temple University, for a course on The Psychology of
Responsibility: "Ending Hunger, You and Me"

- Kansas State University, on world hunger

- National Association of Wheat Growers Convention in San
Francisco, on world hunger

- International Transactional Analysis Association in Aspen
(Keynote Speaker): "You and Me, the Transformation of
Survival"

- Arlington Heights High School Speech

- MENC National Convention in Miami Beach

- Aspen, Colorado "On Being Human"

- World Federalist Association: "Message to the Next
Civilization"

- First Presbyterian Church in Boston, on the value of
macrobiotics

- Club 20 in Grand Junction, Colorado

- The National Press Club in Washington, D.C.: "You and Me, The Transformation of Survival"

- Aspen High School Commencement

- Association for Humanistic Psychology; Aspen, Colorado
"Education for the Future: My View"

- San Francisco, California; talk to the est staff

- NASA - Marshall Space Center: Werner Von Braun Dinner

- Windstar Foundation's annual "Choices For the Future"
Symposium

- Throughout the United States, Japan, and Australia: "Higher Ground" environmental presentations on behalf of the Windstar Foundation

IX. VIDEOS

- "Let Us Begin" (What Are We Making Weapons For?)" duet with Alexandre Gradsky recorded at Moscow's Melodiya Studios. This was the first time a Soviet and an American artist performed together in a music video.

- "Don't Close Your Eyes Tonight"

- "Flying For Me"

- "Country Girl in Paris"

- "High, Wide and Handsome"

- "Raven's Child"

X. NASA SUPPORT

- Master of Ceremonies at the Goddard Dinner, Washington, DC

- Attended launch of Apollo/Soyuz, Sts 1,2, and landing of
Alt 1, Sts 1

- NASA medal normally reserved for space flight designers and engineers

- Passed NASA's physical examination to determine mental and physical fitness needed for travel

- Flew and landed Space Shuttle simulator

 

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