CBS-TV to Air John Denver Movie Biography

CBS-TV will air Take Me Home: The John Denver Story on Sunday, April 30, starting at 9 p.m. ET. The made-for-TV special — which is based on Denver’s 1994 autobiography — stars Chad Lowe as the famed singer/songwriter and Gerald McRamey as his father. Fifteen of Denver’s original recordings will be used in the movie. Denver made his debut on the country charts in 1971 with “Take Me Home, Country Roads,” which peaked at No. 50. He charted regularly over the next 18 years, racking up three No. 1s and three Top 10s. In 1975, he won the Country Music Association’s Entertainer of the Year trophy. Denver’s last country single success came in 1989 with “And So It Goes,” a duet with the Nitty Gritty Dirt Band. It reached the No. 14 spot. Denver died in a private plane crash in California on Oct. 12, 1997.