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It was released as a single performed by Denver on April 12,peaking at number 2 on Billboard ' s Яйца - XS Project - Запасное Колесо Hot singles for the week ending August 28, It has continued to sell, with over 1. The song has a prominent status as an iconic symbol of West Virginia, which it describes as "almost Heaven".
In Marchit became one of the four official state anthems of West Virginia. Danoff from Springfield, Massachusetts has stated he had never been to West Virginia before co-writing the song.
According to a radio interview with Nivert, the road is close to Washington, D. To pass the time en route, Danoff had made up a ballad about the little winding roads they were taking. 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 and little resembles the countryside scenery that once surrounded it. According to Danoff, the part of the song that is quintessential West Virginia is the verse referring to the radio. Danoff had some other West Virginia associations to draw from as well.
He became friends with actor Chris Sarandona Beckley native who was once married to actress Susan Sarandonas well as a group of hippies from a West Virginia commune who used to sit in the front row of the little clubs in which his band used to play. And the Bee Geesof course, had a hit record called Massachusettsbut what did I know? Fat City opened for him. After the Tuesday post-Christmas re-opening night Cellar Door engagements ran from Tuesday to Sunday and this booking was for two weeks, the three headed back to Bill's place for an impromptu jam.
On the way, Denver's left thumb was broken in an automobile accident. He was taken to the hospital, where a splint was applied.
By the time they got back to the house, he was, in his own words, "wired, you know. Danoff and Nivert then told him about the song that they had been working on for about a month. Originally, Danoff and Nivert had planned to sell the song to popular country singer Johnny Cashbut when Denver heard the song and decided he had to have it, the duo who wrote the original lyrics decided not to make the sale. They sang the song for Denver and as he recalled, "I Take Me Home Country Roads - Various - Country Sunshine (8-Track Cartridge).
The bridge to the song was still missing, so the three of them, began finishing the song in the living room of Danoff's apartment.
Taffy got out an encyclopedia to learn a little more about West Virginia, and the first thing that came up was the Rhododendronthe 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 MountainsShenandoah 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, Denver announced that the song had to go on his next album. The song's first public performance was on December 30,during Denver's set, with the singers reading the words from a folded piece of paper. This resulted in a five-minute ovation, one of the longest in Cellar Door history.
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 Januarythe song has also sold an additional 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 Take Me Home Country Roads - Various - Country Sunshine (8-Track Cartridge) 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 (I Thought I Heard A) Heartbeat - The Inmates - Shot In The Dark 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 Take Me Home Country Roads - Various - Country Sunshine (8-Track Cartridge) song live on Top of the Pops. 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. A cover version of the song, a collaboration between Copilot Music and Sound and the vocal group Spankwas commissioned for and featured in both the teaser and full E3 trailers for the video game, Fallout 76whose plot events are set in West Virginia.
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