Today's piece of Lost Jewelry from the Vaults at Oldiez 93 for Friday, April 18th, 2014 comes from John Denver!

On January 6th, 1973, "Rocky Mountain High" entered Billboard's Top 40 and climbed its way up to #9, spending twelve weeks in the chart.  The song was banned in many markets as the title was misunderstood as a drug reference when it was talking about the feeling of experiencing the beauty of the Rocky Mountains.

John Denver, born Henry John Deutchendorf on December 31st, 1943 in Roswell, New Mexico.  He died at the controls of a light plane off the California coast on October 12th, 1997 at the age of 53.  John had been with the Chad Mitchell Trio from 1965 to 1968 and wrote "Leaving On A Jet Plane" which was a #1 hit for Peter, Paul & Mary in late 1969.  John also starred with George Burns in 1977's "Oh God!"

John scored fifteen Top 40 hits between 1971 and 1982, including four #1s and six Gold Records.