For Baby (For Bobbie) 1965

I love John Denver – and sincerely – I have never heard this song before. I wrote this as a request – and fell in love it – just like with John! I even did a duet and trio for it!

Level 1.5 – a few simple bass solos (3rd is level 2.5)

About the Song:JohnDenversGreatestHits

This song was re-released on his Greatest Hits Album in 1974. Moreover, Greatest Hits is important historically because it contained new, revisionist recordings of several songs. Notable new versions included “Leaving on a Jet Plane”, “Starwood in Aspen”, “Follow Me”, “Rhymes and Reasons”, “The Eagle and the Hawk”, “Sunshine On My Shoulders” and “Poems, Prayers, and Promises”.

Denver explained this himself in the liner notes by saying that he had picked the numbers most requested in his concerts, but that “I felt that some of these songs had grown a bit, that I am singing better than I was four or five years ago, and that I would like to treat some of the songs a little differently than I had in the original recordings.”

After its release these versions were used for airplay despite differing in subtle but important ways from the original versions; generally, they were more polished, featured a more mature-sounding Denver, included strings, and were extended somewhat.

Within a few months of its release, Greatest Hits climbed to the top of the Billboard 200 pop albums chart, went platinum, and was one of the first albums world-wide to sell over 10 million copies. Overall it is easily the best-selling album of his career in the United States, being certified 9-times platinum by the RIAA.

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