John Denver, the singer who brought the world songs like Rocky Mountain High, received a star posthumously Friday on the Hollywood Walk of Fame.
The Sunshine on My Shoulders singer received the walk’s 2,531st star 17 years after his death.
“We are proud to honor one of America’s singing icons who has been missed for many years. Luckily for us we have his amazing music to remember him by,” said Hollywood Chamber of Commerce President/CEO Leron Gubler.
Denver’s son, Zak Deutschendorf, and daughter, Jesse Belle Denver, attended the unveiling.
Denver rose to fame in the 1970s with a series of Colorado-inspired songs that included Thank God I’m a Country Boy and Annie’s Song.
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He died in a 1997 plane crash at the age of 53.
Friday’s unveiling came in conjunction with the opening of a Hollywood exhibition of photos called Sweet Sweet Life: The Photographic Works of John Denver, which will be on display at Hollywood’s Substrate Gallery through November.
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“Throughout his lifetime, Denver captured thousands of images as he traveled across the globe, spreading his message of peace, love, and conservation. Through his mastery of composition, lighting, and the decisive moment, Denver became an accomplished photographer,” said the singer’s website, JohnDenver.com.
The ceremony also comes as RCA/Legacy Recordings prepares to release a new box set of Denver’s work called All of My Memories: The John Denver Collection, which includes 90 songs that span his entire career. The four-disc set will be in stores on Nov. 4.