Taffy Nivert

One of the perks of Amazon Prime is Amazon Music, an on demand music service that allows you to download and play music from a smallish library (around two million tracks). Now that I can hear music better, time to give it a listen.

While listening to “Country Roads” performed by John Denver, I was curious about the background vocals. It turns out this song is a bit odd. If you have ever driven through West Virginia and listen to local radio, you would think Country Roads was the National Anthem of West Virginia.

The unfinished song was being written by Bill and Taffy Danoff, who lived in Maryland and had never been to West Virginia – neither had John Denver (Henry John Deutschendorf Jr.). Bill Danoff was inspired by listening to WWVA in Wheeling West Virginia, and hoped Johnny Cash would record the song.

The rest is history

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One Response to Taffy Nivert

  1. Mark says:

    Dixie was written by a yankee in New York City. The human imagination is powerful.

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