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Fly Away

by

John Denver



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This was one of Denver's bigger hits when his career was at his peak. It's a song about loneliness and the longing to escape from it, which is what the title refers to. (thanks, Mike - Santa Barbara, CA)
Olivia Newton-John sang backup on this.
Denver was an avid amateur pilot, and he died when the plane he was flying crashed on October 12, 1997, in Pacific Grove, California. Reports indicate that Denver didn't have enough fuel in his main tank when he left the airport, and probably hit the right rudder when he tried to switch to the backup tank, crashing into the Pacific ocean. (thanks, Bertrand - Paris, France)
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Comments (5):

"Fly Away" entered Billboard's Hot Top 100 chart on December 6th 1975; and on that very same day Olivia Newton-John also entered the Top 100 chart with "Let It Shine"...
"Fly Away" peaked at #13 (for 2 weeks) on January 18th, 1976 and spent 12 weeks on the Top 100; while "Let It Shine" reached #30 (for 2 weeks) on January 11th, 1976 and stayed on the chart for 9 weeks...
R.I.P. Mr. Denver, born Henry John Deutschendorf, Jr., (1943 - 1997) and Ms. Newton-John celebrated her 65th birthday three months ago on September 26th, 2013.
- Barry, Sauquoit, NY
Didn't John Denver write "Leaving on a Jet Plane?" I think Peter, Paul, and Mary recorded it. I always liked this song--I thought he and Olivia Newton John had a beautiful sound together.
- Carolyn, Knoville, TN
Such a lovely, sad song. "Where are my days, where are my nights, where is the Spring?" What lonley person did not wonder this?
No one did such, deep thought provoking songs like John Denver did. He loved flying and the sea, (as do I) and died in both. I miss him.

Olivia, you are lovely too and thanks for keeping John's memory alive.
- Skyforme, Va;;ey Center, CA
For some, like myself, it's hard to choose a John Denver favorite...but this one is up there near the top of the list.
- Micky, Los Angeles, CA
Actually this is more of a duet.
The title is ironic, considering the way Denver died (in an airplane).
- Charles, Charlotte, NC
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