Vintage Video: John Denver's "Thank God I'm a Country Boy" Special Airs (March 22, 1977)

by VVN Music

Forty years ago tonight, ABC aired the John Denver special Thank God I'm a Country Boy.

Denver already had a great track record for TV concert and variety with An Evening With John Denver and Rocky Mountain Christmas, so it was a no-brainer for ABC to sign him for another, even though his long string of top ten hits had stalled out two years earlier.

Joining Denver for the show were Johnny Cash, Glen Campbell and Roger Miller along with actress and aspiring country singer Mary Kay Place.

Here are five numbers from the special:

The top ten singles on March 22, 1977:
  1. Rich Girl - Daryl Hall & John Oates
  2. Evergreen (Theme From "A Star is Born") - Barbra Streisand
  3. Dancing Queen - ABBA
  4. Don't Give Up on Us - David Soul
  5. Don't Leave Me This Way - Thelma Houston
  6. Fly Like an Eagle - Steve Miller Band
  7. Night Moves - Bob Seger
  8. The Things We Do For Love - 10cc
  9. I Like Dreamin' - Kenny Nolan
  10. Torn Between Two Lovers - Mary Macgregor
The top ten albums:
  1. Hotel California - Eagles
  2. Rumours - Fleetwood Mac
  3. A Star is Born - Soundtrack
  4. Songs in the Key of Life - Stevie Wonder
  5. Fly Like an Eagle - Steve Miller Band
  6. Boston - Boston
  7. John Denver's Greatest Hits, Volume 2 - John Denver
  8. Leftoverture - Kansas
  9. In Flight - George Benson
  10. Animals - Pink Floyd

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