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"Leaving on a Jet Plane" is a song written by John Denver and Kenneth Browder in 1967 during a layover at an airport in Washington and recorded by the Mitchell Trio that year. The original title of the song was "Oh Babe I Hate To Go" but Denver's then producer, Milt Okun, convinced him to change the title. Denver wrote the song after his flight was delayed. Other artists recorded the song in 1967, including Spanky & Our Gang and Peter, Paul and Mary on Album 1700. It did not become a hit until Peter, Paul and Mary released it as a single in 1969. It turned out to be their biggest (and final) hit, becoming their only #1 on the Billboard Hot 100 chart in the United States. The song also spent three weeks atop the easy listening chart. John Denver (December 31; 1943 October 12; 1997); born Henry John Deutschendorf; Jr.; was an American Country Music folk singer-songwriter and folk rock musician. One.
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