In 1970, Take Me Home Country Roads was co-written by John Denver with Bill Danoff and his wife Taffy Nivert. Danoff and Nivert were performing as a duo called Fat City, and they had been billed as an opening act for John Denver at Washington DC's Cellar Door. After a performance at the club, Denver had been invited to a jam session at the couple's home. Despite a car accident that delayed Denver with a trip to the hospital with a broken thumb, the three eventually re-joined for a late night jam session. Danoff and Nivert had been working on Take Me Home Country Roads for about a month, planning on selling it to Johnny Cash. Denver helped them finish the song that night, and they performed it at The Cellar Door the following night for the first time. Denver released the song in 1971 - Danoff and Nivert sang background vocals on the recording. In 1976, Danoff wrote Afternoon Delight, which was a big hit for the couple's recently formed Starland Vocal Band. More on Washington DC's Cellar Door HERE.
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