If you are a fan of John Denver, you probably know his hit song “Annie’s Song”, which was released in 1974 as the lead single from his eighth studio album Back Home Again. But do you know the story behind this song and who is Annie?

“Annie’s Song” is a song written and recorded by American singer-songwriter John Denver as an ode to his wife at the time, Annie Martell Denver. The song was inspired by the beauty of nature and the love he felt for his wife, who filled up his senses like a night in a forest, like the mountains in springtime, like a walk in the rain, like a storm in the desert, like a sleepy blue ocean.

The song was written in about 10 minutes on a ski lift in Aspen, Colorado, where John and Annie lived. It was after they had gone through a rough patch in their marriage and had a brief separation. John wrote the song as a way of expressing his gratitude and appreciation for Annie, who had given him another chance. He later said that the song was “a bit like a prayer” for him.

“Annie’s Song” became one of John Denver’s most popular and beloved songs. It reached number one on the Billboard Hot 100 chart and the Easy Listening chart in the US, as well as the UK Singles chart, where it was his only major hit. It also charted in several other countries, such as Australia, Canada, Ireland and South Africa. The song has been covered by many artists over the years, including James Galway, Placido Domingo, Olivia Newton-John and Me First and the Gimme Gimmes.