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March 27

Writing of John Denver’s “Sunshine On My Shoulders”

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Writing of John Denver’s “Sunshine On My Shoulders” 1

When the three-month period being in an icy temperature is almost over, the excitement to see the sun again just grew stronger within us. Many of the outdoor activities that we enjoy are piling on our to-do list. But as winter is taking time to end, this prolongs the gloomy feeling of just staying at home. However, in times like these, where most people tend to be lazy, there are those who are unknowingly making the next big thing in their lives. This happened exactly to the late singer-songwriter John Denver with one of his successful songs, “Sunshine on My Shoulders.”

The Song’s Melancholic Writing History

Denver shared that he penned the said song at the time his mind was in a very melancholic frame. And, the weather has something to do with it. He wrote it while in Minnesota during ‘late winter and early spring’ as he called it. The day dreary, gray and slushy. As the snow was melting, it’s too cold to go outside for some fun. But he is all set for spring. The wanting to go outside, see the sun shines again and feel its warmth just get stronger. However, his feeling of excitement has to subside as he realized the actual circumstance surrounding him. Yet, that gloomy situation he was in has led him to write one of his legacies in country music that still thrives up to the present.

“Sunshine on My Shoulders” took a new significance and received airplay on adult contemporary radio stations toward the end of the Vietnam War. On January 26, 1974, the song peaked at No. 90 on the Billboard Hot 100 chart. It rocketed to the No. 1 spot after nine weeks and stayed atop the chart for a week. Additionally, the song topped the adult contemporary chart for two weeks in that same year. To top it all, Billboard ranked it as the No. 18 Song for 1974.

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