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John Denver's Lost 1984 Interview Launches New "Mr. Media" Series

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Interviews by Bob Andelman

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“She’s meant an awful lot to me in my life – and still means something to me,” John says of ex-wife Annie.

John Denver: ‘I fly my own plane. It does
acrobatics and stuff. I really enjoy that’

In 1984, 13 years before the airplane he was piloting crashed off the coast of California, John Denver called flying “one of my favorite things.” It’s a sad, eerie moment during a never-before-aired interview conducted by BlogTalkRadio’s Bob “Mr. Media” Andelman just prior to Super Bowl XVIII in Tampa, at which the singer would perform.

On Wed., Jan. 21 at 1 p.m. ET, as the first installment of his “Lost Tapes” series, Bob will unspool the 40-minute interview on Mr. Media. John’s sentiments about flying arose when asked, “What do you do to relax?” “I enjoy flying a lot. That’s one of my favorite things,” says John, who was 53 when he died. “I have an open-cockpit biplane. It does acrobatics and stuff.”

John also discusses his friendship with Frank Sinatra, and his relationship with first wife Annie Martell. Of Annie, whom he had divorced two years earlier, John says: “I love Annie. Our relationship is on excellent footing. We had a family Christmas Eve [together.” He also credits her with being part of one of the greatest moments in his life: “When Annie and I adopted Zachary, our son, the day that we went to pick him up from the adoption agency, in [Annie’s hometown of] Minneapolis, we were driving there, and they played Annie’s Song on the radio. And it was the number-one song in the country. That’s pretty hard to top.”