By the early 70s, John Denver had solidified his role as a popular solo artist. Songs such as Rocky Mountain High, Annie’s Song, and Sunshine on My Shoulders topped the music charts. He also incorporated environmental, social, and political activism into his music.
John’s TV performances during the mid-70s also gained him recognition, including his 1975 Rocky Mountain Christmas special. He even won an Emmy Award in 1975 for his concert special An Evening With John Denver.