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“Leavin’ On A Jet Plane” . . . by John Denver . . . Ukulele Chord/Melody arrangement by Ukulele Mike Lynch . . . Contained in the Chord/Melody eBook TWO

May 16, 2016

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Jet Plane Blog HeaderA recorded performance by John Denver

We learn from Wikipedia that “Leaving on a Jet Plane” is a song written by John Denver in 1966 and most famously recorded by Peter, Paul and Mary. The original title of the song was “Babe, I Hate to Go” but Denver’s then producer Milt Okun convinced him to change the title.

The song was initially recorded in 1966 by John Denver with the title “Babe, I Hate to Go.” That same year, Denver chose this song along with fifteen others and, with his own money, had 250 copies pressed onto vinyl. He distributed the copies to friends and family. Peter, Paul and Mary were so impressed with the song that they chose to record it themselves and released it on their 1967 Album 1700. However, it didn’t become a hit for them until they released it as a single in 1969.

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