Wikipedia credits that LP to Denver, along with Mike Kobluk and David Boise. However the liner notes state that the “Trio” was at that time comprised of Denver, Paul Prestopino, and Bob Hefferan – and further supported by sometimes member Bill Lee. The LP featured a couple of Denver compositions most notably “Leaving on a Jet Plane”.
Lee performed with many popular artists during his career including Simon & Garfunkle, Aretha Franklin, Gordon Lightfoot and more.
Not long after the Reprise release, a Colorado native (Alamosa born) – Michael Johnson joined Denver and David Boise in a new trio and they renamed themselves “Denver, Johnson & Boise”. Johnson had early performed as part of Randy Sparks New Society.
I met Michael on probably two different occasions – both of which I am sure he doesn’t remember. Back in the mid 1960’s he was dating a neighbor of mine who lived just behind me. I recall going over to her house (she had 7 sisters and three brothers) and Michael had his guitar and was playing on her front porch. I remember one time when he was traveling and she was missing him, she was out in her front yard staring up into the sky. I asked her what she was doing and she said that every night she and Michael had agreed to look at the moon star at the same time. That’s my Michael Johnson story.
His biggest pop hit was “Bluer Than Blue” which peaked at number 12 in 1978. He would follow that with three more Hot 100 appearances (two in the Top 40) and two more “Bubbling Under” minor hits.
Johnson enjoyed a strong revival on the Hot Country charts starting off in 1985 signing with RCA. He strung out nine chart records with two number one hits and four more entering the Top 10. His two number one’s were “Give Me Wings” in 1986 which was followed by “The Moon Is Still Over Her Shoulder” – in 1987 (hmmmm? could it be more of that staring up into the sky being recalled? Michael released a few duets with Juice Newton and a charting song with Sylvia “I Love You By Heart” (#9 Country – 1985).
The hits quit coming for Michael in 1988. He moved on to several other labels and also penned a regular column. He survived heart by-pass surgery in 2007. John Denver died in a plane crash in October of 1997.