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Calypso by John Denver

Album: WindsongReleased: 1975Charted:
  • This song is about the ship Calypso, which was bought by Jacques-Yves Cousteau and converted to an oceanographic ship. Cousteau wanted to understand "The silent world" better, in order to protect it. "To live on the land we must learn from the sea" - Cousteau was the first to do research on pollution and its effects on the sea and received many honors for his accomplishments. John Denver cared deeply about nature and this song was a tribute to both Calypso and her captain and their valuable work. Here's a picture of Calypso and more information. >>
    Suggestion credit:
    Marthe - Amsterdam, Netherlands
  • Denver wrote the chorus to this song when he was on board the Calypso. He struggled to complete the song, spending months trying to write classical-sounding verses to a sea shanty chorus. He was about to abandon the song when he got the idea for the words when he was skiing. Denver got off the slopes quick and jumped in his Jeep, where he drove home to get his ideas on paper and complete the song.
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On August 10th 1975, "I'm Sorry" b/w "Calypso" by John Denver entered Billboard's Hot Top 100 chart at position #64; and on September 21st, 1975 it peaked at #1 {for 1 week} and spent 18 weeks on the Top 100...And on November 2nd, 1975 it also reached #1 {for 1 week} on Billboard's Hot Country Singles chart...It also peaked at #1 {for 2 weeks} on September 14th, 1975 on Billboard's Adult Contemporary Tracks chart...To top it off, it reached #1 on the Canadian RPM 100 chart and the Canadian Adult Contemporary chart...R.I.P. Mr. Denver, born Henry John Deutschendorf, Jr., {1943 - 1997}.Barry - Sauquoit, Ny
I remember seeing John Denver in an interview where he talked about only having the chorus of the song and struggling with the verses. Then one day the rest all came pouring out. Very cool.Tina - Springfield, Il
This song hit #1 according to a recent AT 40 count dowwn I listened to on satellite radio. Casey said so!Paul - Detroit, Mi
I love, love LOVE this song! it is the best in JD's entire catalogue in my opinion. Know what's really awesome though? The Calypso is being restored and will sail again according to what I saw at the Cousteau society's website1Sabrina - Corvallis, Or
Many years ago Jacques-Yves-Cousteau and the Calypso where anchored at Mount Vernon (George Washington's home) on the Potomac River in Virginia during the week of Cousteau's birthday. John Denver flew out to sing "Calypso" for Cousteau's birthday.Michael - Woodbridge, Va
Royalties for this song go to the Jacques-Yves-Cousteau foundation.Robert - San Francisco, Ca
One of the best he ever recorded. Unbelievable, unearthly sound.Ekristheh - Halath, United States
I simply love this song.It is like a fresh rose blooming in the morning.John Denver brings out the spirit of the sailor and the sea in a most honest fashion.This song also gives you a feeling that when you do what you love , you will become the best of the best.Muralidhar - Chennai, India
I love John's yodeling! The abrupt alernating changes to the falsetto really make this tune a cult hit, consequently adding an uber-awesome dimension to the Denver mystique.Leya Qwest - Anchorage, Ak
It is a very sweet song, that really makes me feel good, a nice melody. Two thumbs up!Ryan - Chattanooga, Tn
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