Lawmaker Wants John Denver Tune to be Second State Song

By: AP Email
By: AP Email

Aspen, Colo. (AP) A lawmaker wants to make John Denver's ``Rocky Mountain High'' Colorado's second state song, saying the current official song just isn't as memorable.

Aurora Democratic Senator Bob Hagedorn tells the Aspen Daily News that anyone who hears a few bars of the John Denver song will recognize it.

The current state song is ``Where the Columbines Grow,'' and Hagedorn says that's not a song that a lot of Coloradans know or can hum the lyrics to.

He wants to introduce legislation this month that would make ``Rocky Mountain High'' an official state song without displacing ``Where the Columbines Grow.''

He says most of the copyright arrangements have been made, and he's now trying to line up support in the state senate and house.

Denver lived in Aspen.

He died in a plane crash near Monterey, California on October 12th, 1997.

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