Below are members of Johns band over the years. If you click on their photos most of them
have links to their pages. Or the source when the information has come from.
John Sommers has some pretty cool photos on his page. He sure is a larrikin. More band members
 coming over the next few days
. The fonts used are off the original pages this is why they are all a bit different.
Most of the Photos are off their pages, Thank you to all of you for the use your photos.

 

 

Anne Denver
Vocals on "Aerie"
David Spinozza
Guitar and Electric guitar
Paul Griffin
June 14, 2000
Age 62 
 Organist and Pianist


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Annie Denver, John's first wife and mother to their two children Zachary and
Anna Kate sang vocals
on the album "Aerie"
John wrote :

You fill up me senses like a night in a forest
Like the mountains in springtime, like a walk in the rain
Like a storm in the desert, like a sleepy blue ocean
You fill up my senses come fill me again.

Come let me love you, let me give my life to you
Let me drown in your laughter, let me die in your arms
Let me lay down beside you, let me always be with you
Come let me love you, come love me again.


David played with John in the early years. David was in the original
 Blues Brothers Band
David was a member of
the Saturday Night Live Band Between1980-1982

One on-line discography lists over two hundred albums Griffin has played keyboards on: Sixties New York pop like the Shirelles' "Tonight's the Night," "Mama Said," and "Soldier Boy." Neil Diamond and Van Morrison's first hits for Bert Berns. Folk rock albums by Eric Andersen, Tom Rush, Peter, Paul & Mary's Album 1700 and Late Again ; Judy Collins' Judith . Debut albums by John Denver and Carly Simon. Bonnie Raitt's Streetlights . Jazz records by George Benson, Quincy Jones, and Nina Simone. Albums by John Lennon, Yoko Ono, Stephen Bishop and Blues Traveler.

Sadly David passed away in 2000




Hal Blaine

Drums and Percussion

Glen D. Hardin

Piano and Keyboards
John Sommers
Accoustic guitar,Banjo,Fiddle,Mandolin,
and Background vocals

 

 

 

Hal Blaine may well be the most prolific drummer in rock and roll history. He's certainly played on more hit records than any drummer in the rock era, including 40 #1 singles and 150 that made the Top Ten. Eight of the records he played on won Grammys for Record of the Year. Blaine, who was born Harold Simon Belsky in 1929, became a professional drummer in 1948 and joined teen idol Tommy Sands' band in the late Fifties. He was the most in-demand session drummer in Los Angeles during the Sixties and early Seventies, and a list of musicians he played with reads like a who's who of popular music.
DrummerWorld.com
He was with The Crickets for 11 years before going on to spend 8 years with Elvis, then moved on to Emmylou Harris, John Denver,& Southern Pacific, as well as doing studio work for Frank Sinatra, Bing Crosby, and countless others. He has continously recorded on many of The Crickets albums.

But Sommers never counted on John Denver to intervene in his small-town plans. Sommers, of course, knew of Denver, who was living in Aspen in the early '70s but was quickly rising to the ranks of a national musician. Sommers, though, had never met Denver when the singer showed up at a Liberty gig. Denver arrived in time to hear Liberty play “The River of Love,” a Sommers composition that was the only original tune in the band's repertoire at the time.

"He came up and introduced himself and said he loved the song and wanted to record it," said Sommers. "We said, 'Yeah, sure.' That was the first conversation I had with him.




Herb Pedersen
Banjo,Acoustic guitar
and Background Vocals
James Burton
 Electric and Acoustic guitars, Dobro

Jerry Scheff

Electric, bass

 

 

 

Herb began his career in Berkeley, California in the early 60's playing 5 string banjo and acoustic guitar with people like David Grisman, Butch Waller, David Nelson, and Jerry Garcia. Herb has done well in adding his talents to the recordings of many folk and country music artists of today. <>He had established a pattern of remaining loyal over several years to artists with whom he enjoyed working, and began to play this time with John Denver.
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Burton quickly landed jobs as a side musician for a diverse cast including: Buffalo Springfield, the Monkees, Elvis Presley's band (from 1969 until Presley's death in 1977), Gram Parsons, Joni Mitchell, Judy Collins, John Denver, Buck Owens, and Merle Haggard (with the latter two he was an important catalyst in the fine-tuning of the Bakersfield sound).
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The early eighties were spent once again rebuilding my recording career. Some of my old pals James Burton, Glen D. Hardin, Jim Horn and Hal Blain had been working with John Denver for a few years. Emery Gordy had been playing bass for John and when he left, I moved in... John was a very gracious and generous person in material ways, and I worked with him on and off until 1993






Dick Kniss

 Bass, Guitar
Steve Weisberg
Electric and Acoustic guitars, Electric and Acoustic Dobros,
Pedal stell guitar and
Background vocals


Emory Gordy, Jr.

 Bass ,Guitar


 

 

Born in Portland, Oregon in April of 1937, the adaptable Mister Kniss (he played almost eight years with John Denver, co-authoring John's hit "Sunshine On My Shoulders" and "The Season Suite")


Toured with John Denver in the late 1970's and early 1980's. Worked with him on several projects up until his untimely death, and has also worked on some John Denver projects afterwards.




Jim Salestrom
 Acoustic and High-string guitars and the Banjo
Efrain Toro
Percussion, Drums & Bongos
Jim Horn
Flute,Recorder
and Saxophone

 

 


 

Jim has performed on-stage, "sat in" or recorded with such diverse performers as Dolly Parton, John Denver, Vince Gill, Amy Grant, Kenny Rogers, Emmylou Harris, Linda Ronstadt, Pure Prairie League, Ozark Mountain Daredevils, Michael Johnson, Ronny Cox (harmonies with Wendy Waldman), Dave Loggins, The Nitty Gritty Dirt Band,
Efrain Toro is one of the world's most versatile drummer/percussionist, and his unique approach to rhythm and education is a musical revolution in the making.

His career began in his native Puerto Rico. Efrain later moved to the New England Conservatory. While in Boston, he studied drum set with Alan Dawson. He moved to Los Angeles in 1979, where he has played on countless film and TV scores.
Horn recalls, "John Denver's music was always a challenge for me. He enabled me to express myself on my instruments more than with any other artist I have ever performed or recorded with."
     " In 1979, John called and said he wanted to try something new in his music. He thought the flutes, recorders and saxophone would be a nice addition to his songs. From then on, I was the wind, water and birds in his music. Calypso was one of my favorite songs to play. John would turn around a give me a big smile when he heard me emulating the sounds of the ocean and the sea gulls. That was our way of communicating on stage."




Jerry Carrigan

Drums and Percussion
Danny Wheetman
Harmonica Fiddle,
 Mandolin
 
Pete Huttlinger
Guitar


In addition to working with top country artists, Carrigan played on recordings by Al Hirt, Sammy Davis, Jr., Joan Baez, Kenny Rogers, Wayne Newton and toured the world with John Denver.

Working with Denver brought him together with Grammy-winning engineer and producer, Roger Nichols. Carrigan contributed to the development of the sound library of the Wendel Jr. Drum Replacement Unit, a Nichols invention.

Former John Denver band member and Tony nominated Broadway star Dan Wheetman plays guitar, fiddle, bass, banjo, and blues harp for Marley's Ghost. In addition, he has recorded two solo CDs on the Sage Arts label.
Sage Arts
Befor Danny joined John he was in a band called
 "The Humaine Society"


During the early ‘90’s, John Denver’s tour manager and producer Kris O’Connor heard Huttlinger on another project and was so impressed that he recommended him for Denver’s band. Huttlinger toured, recorded and performed on television with Denver from 1994 until the singer’s death in 1997.



Chris Nole
Piano, Synth, Organ, Accordion,Keyboards and Vocals.
Michito Sanchez
Congas and Bongos
Percussion

Lee Holdridge

Conductor and Composer


From the very first time he laid his eyes on a piano, Chris Nole was drawn to the magnificent instrument.  Born in Valley Forge, Pennsylvania, Chris grew up surrounded by his musical
brothers
in the suburban town of Mantua, New Jersey, and at the age of nine, received his
first piano as a gift from his parents.  In the Nole house, there was always some form or 
another of music happening, whether singing around the piano with high school buddies or ‘entertaining’ the tolerant neighbors with their high decibel back porch jams!
As soon as the job ended after two years, the phone began to ring. Sanchez had already earned a sterling reputation that would employ him with local bands such as Claire Fischer, Rudy Regalado & Chevere, The L.A. Salsa Society Orchestra, Bongologic and Cecilia Noel & the Wild Clams. At the same time, he toured for eight years with John Denver alongside Elvis' rhythm section, guitarist James Burton and bassist Jerry Scheff. When he left Denver in the spring of 1990, it was to join Crosby, Stills & Nash.

Lee Holdridge was born in Port-au-Prince, Haiti. He spent his early years in Costa Rica, beginning music studies on the violin at the age of ten with Hugo Mariani, then the conductor of the National Symphony Orchestra of Costa Rica. At fifteen - now determined to be a composer - he moved to Boston to finish high school and study composition with Henry Lasker.




Connie Reeder
Backing Vocals
Renee Armand
  Backing Vocals
Elizabeth Lamers
Backing Vocals



This retreat I’d driven her to was a favorite of mine and my friend John Denver, who I sang and traveled with for over twenty years
John and his music was not on my radar growing up and before meeting him in the flesh his image conjured up a dorky guy with simpleton songs for a simpleton audience. At first I reluctantly told my friends about my gig with John, especially jazz musicians, but John, tall, good-looking and not dorky, soon won me over, not necessarily for his music, but for his truth, his sincerity and a genuine affection for people and nature.
(Also see  Roger Nichols )

Renee Armand has been living on her farm south of Nashville since the 80's, continuing her singing/songwriting career. Although not a performing member of the Coyote Sisters on "Women and Other Visions," she is represented as a songwriter one "The Bath," a lovely composition written with Marty. "I've recently gone back to the way I started in the 60's in San Francisco, singing jazz (my mentors were Coltrane and Carmer Macrae, and the incredible Betty Carter)... I prefer live performance, and am writting a vocal pice called "The Divine," about women's real thoughts about God...what has been left out of all religions, the things that were never said, or were known and said, but silenced or disappeared," writes Renee. "I still write poetry as the basis of all my songs and am also writing a Nashville mystery about - what else? - the music business.Renee Armand has been living on her farm south of Nashville since the 80's, continuing her singing/songwriting career. "    

The lovely Elizabeth Lamers has been a favorite of audiences around the world. She was a featured singer on the Linda Rondstadt "Lush Life" tours, and has toured, recorded and performed with countless artists, ranging from Red & The Red Hots to John Denver.
Also see this URL
Hi-Fi Quintet



Mike Crumm
Back up Vocals
Denny Brooks
Guitar-Background Vocals
Cassandra Delaney
Back up Vocals


In 1963, Randy Sparks decided to give up performing with the New Christy Minstrels, the folk ensemble that he'd founded two years earlier. His exit, and the decision to move group-member Barry McGuire to center-stage as his replacement as "leader" of the Christys on stage, caused singer Dolan Ellis to quit the 10-man group. After briefly trying out Doug Brookins for the spot, Sparks latched onto Gene Clark, a member of a group called the Surf Riders, and put him into the Christys. As compensation for breaking up the Surf Riders, Sparks and his manager, Jack Daley, agreed to put the other two members of Clark's old group, Jimmy Glover and Mike Crumm, into a new group that eventually came to be called the Back Porch Majority.

John and Denny grew up playing music together, beginning in 1964. Denny was John’s background singer and guitarist from 1976 to 1986. Denny’s stories and songs of John’s recording and touring years, along with songs of those years by James Taylor, Jimmy Buffet, and the like, bring a show for all ages.

Back in Australia, Cassandra began alongside her mother, Lorraine Delaney, as the Australian counterpart to the Judds.  They loved the classics of country music; Loretta Lynn, Patsy Cline,Tammy Wynette, Emmylou Harris, and Roseanne Cash.



Other Band Members
No photo  Available
Behind the Scenes Behind the Scenes
Mike Taylor- Guitar
Ted Sommor- Drums
Russ Savakus- Bass
More band members coming over the next few days
Jerry Weintraub-Manager
Hal Thau-Business Manager
Kris O'Connor-Road Manager
Tom Crum-Security
Barney Wycoff-Road Manager
William Regan Watson- Road Manager
Steve Voudouris-Production Manager
Ron Lemire - Physical Theripist/Healer and Security
Mike Fitzpatrick- Stage Manager
Doug Belscher-Road Manager
Sal Bonafede- Management III
John Clark(JJ)-Tour Co-ordinator
Michael Crowley
David Beecham-Sound Engineer
Steve Matty-Monitor Mixer,Sound Technician
Doug Gentile-Lighting Designer, Engineer
Jim Moody-Lighting Director
Phill Seaman-Lighting Technician
Ernie Zeilinger- Sound Engineer
Tim Tommerson-Sound Technician
Howard Sinclair-Travel Consultant