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John Denver

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Rocky Mountain High

“Rocky Mountain High” was written by John Denver while camping with friends in Colorado, during the Perseid Meteor Shower which happens every August. The song reportedly took 9 months to complete and serves as one of the two official state songs of Colorado. The song is considered a major piece of 1970’s pop culture and briefly faced some controversy as the U.S FCC deemed it to promote drug abuse. As a result, many radio stations banned the song until Denver explained the “high” was innocent and did not refer to any drug use, but, rather described the sense of peace he found in the Rockies.