‘Almost heaven, West Virginia

Blue Ridge Mountains, Shenandoah River

Life is old there, older than the trees

Younger than the mountains, growin' like a breeze . . .’

Given above is a part of the famous song ‘Take Me Home, Country Roads’ (or simply known as ‘Country Roads’) by John Denver. ‘Country Roads’ was released as a single performed by Denver on 12th April 1971, peaking at number two on Billboard's US Hot 100 singles for the week ending 28th August 1971. The song was a success on its initial release and was certified Gold by the RIAA (Recording Industry Association of America) on 18th August 1971, and Platinum on 10th April 2017. The song became one of John Denver's most popular and beloved songs. It has continued to sell, with over 1.6 million digital copies sold in the United States.

The song has a prominent status as an iconic symbol of West Virginia, which it describes as ‘Almost Heaven’. In March 2014, it became one of the four official state anthems of West Virginia.

Born on 31st December 1943, John Denver was an American singer, songwriter, activist, and humanitarian whose greatest commercial success was as a solo singer. Denver began his music career with folk music groups during the late 1960s. Starting in the 1970s, he was one of the most popular acoustic artists of the decade and one of its best-selling artists. By 1974, he was one of America's best-selling performers.

John Denver passed away on 12th October 1997, aged 53.

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