Wednesday, January 16, 2013

"Dancing with the Mountains" by John Denver

Song#:  0217
Date:  06/21/1980
Debut:  99
Peak:  97
Weeks:  3
Genre:  Pop, Crossover Country

Pop Bits:  Denver's second single from his "Autograph" album didn't do much to revive his popularity. Although he would go on to have a couple Top 10 country chart hits, he would not return to the pop Top 10 again and by 1984 the pop chart entries would stop.

ReduxReview:  I don't mind this song too much. It almost comes off as Dan Fogelberg-lite. By this time I was not into Denver at all, but this tune was one of his better 80s efforts.

ReduxRating:  5/10

Trivia:  Denver's music was polarizing in the country community. Many thought him a lightweight and not truly a country artist. In 1975, Denver was a nominee for Entertainer of the Year at the annual Country Music Association awards (CMA's). Charlie Rich, who had won the previous year, was to present the award. However, when Rich opened the envelope and saw Denver's name, Rich (in apparent protest to Denver's win) pulled out a lighter and set fire to the envelope right on stage. Rich's career took a direct hit as a result and he was also blacklisted permanently from the CMAs.


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