He had even briefly considered using "Massachusetts" rather than "West Virginia" as both four-syllable state names would have fit the song's meter.
Today, the landscape around Clopper Road has changed drastically due to development and little resembles the countryside scenery that once surrounded it. To Danoff, the lyric " t he radio reminds me of my home far away" in the bridge is quintessentially West Virginian, an allusion to listening during his '50s childhood days to the program Saturday Night Jamboree , broadcast from Wheeling, West Virginia , on WWVA from his home far away, in Springfield, Massachusetts.
Danoff had some other West Virginia associations to draw from as well. And the Bee Gees , of course, had a hit record called Massachusetts , but what did I know? After Tuesday the 29th's post-Christmas reopening night Cellar Door engagements ran from Tuesday to Sunday and this booking was for two weeks , the three headed back to the couple's apartment for an impromptu jam.
On the way, Denver's left thumb was broken in a collision. He was rushed to the ER, where the thumb was put in a splint. By the time they got back to the apartment, he was, in his own words, "wired, you know. But when Danoff and Nivert ran through what they had of the song they had been working on for about a month, planning to sell to Johnny Cash , Denver "flipped.
Taffy got out an encyclopedia to learn a little more about West Virginia, and the first thing that came upon was the Rhododendron , the state flower, so she kept trying to work the word Rhododendron into the song. The geographical features named in the first verse of the lyrics - Blue Ridge Mountains , Shenandoah River - which are more prominent in the state of Virginia than in West Virginia, can be found in Jefferson County, West Virginia. When they finished, on the morning of Wednesday, December 30, , Denver announced that the song had to go on his next album.
The resulting ovation is said to have been five-minute-long and was certainly one of the longest in Cellar Door history. The next day was Denver's 28th birthday. They recorded it in New York City in January Original pressings credited the single to "John Denver with Fat City". It broke nationally in mid-April but moved up the charts very slowly. His response: "No! Keep working on it! As of January , the song has also sold 1,, downloads since it became available digitally.
The song is the theme song of West Virginia University and it has been performed during every home football pregame show since This performance marked the dedication of the current West Virginia University Mountaineer Field and the first game for head coach Don Nehlen. The song is played for other athletic events and university functions, including after football games, for which the fans are encouraged to stay in the stands and sing the song along with the team.
This version was a chart success in Europe, reaching number one in Scotland, number two in Germany and Ireland, and the top 10 in Austria, Denmark and the United Kingdom.
The band performed the song live on Top of the Pops. Their cover of the song was influenced by Ray Charles' rendition, since the two versions share more similarities regarding the structure, melody and tone than they do with the original version.
The song, which plays a part in the plot of the film, is humorously renamed "Concrete Roads" and reflects on Honna's character's hometown in western Tokyo. The Olivia Newton-John version also plays during the opening of the film. If you don't like it, just send it back for a full refund. Check out thousands of independent 5 star reviews about us We're always on the phone to answer questions and help with any orders, Monday through Saturday.
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