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Australian singles charts:
Leaving on a Jet Plane entered the Kent charts on 22 November 1969 and peaked at #30.
Record label of Australian release:
Warner Bros – Seven Arts
BONUS CLIP BELOW – version by John Denver
Leaving on a Jet Plane was written by a very young John Denver, who was then a member of the Chad Mitchell Trio before beginning his solo career in the 1970s. Denver wrote this in 1967 during a layover at Washington airport, “Not so much from feeling that way for someone, but from the longing of having someone to love.”
The 1969 hit version by Peter, Paul and Mary came at a great time for Denver, who had just disbanded the Chad Mitchell Trio. Some of his first solo appearances were billed as “John Denver, writer of Leaving On A Jet Plane.” Known for this song, Denver got some club appearances and TV gigs, which helped launch his career as one of the biggest-selling artists of the ’70s.
Read more: www.songfacts.com/facts/peter-paul-and-mary/leaving-on-a-jet-plane
This song is also on our Spotify playlist Bang a Gong – the 60s
Version by John Denver who wrote the song
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