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(YouTube)   John Denver and Cass Elliott sing "Leaving on a Jet Plane," and if you don't shed at least one tear, you're not human and you should feel very very bad about yourself   (youtube.com) divider line
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2020-08-21 4:31:47 AM  
Growing up in the 70's was great.
 
2020-08-21 4:48:51 AM  

feckingmorons: Growing up in the 70's was great.


The 1870s?

/I keed
 
2020-08-21 4:52:11 AM  

feckingmorons: Growing up in the 70's was great.


So which one are you?

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and why isn't Eric in that picture?
 
2020-08-21 6:47:17 AM  
He left on a prop plane.
 
2020-08-21 6:52:27 AM  
I love this with all my heart.
 
2020-08-21 7:44:17 AM  
Dead Entertainment.
 
2020-08-21 7:53:25 AM  

TheHighlandHowler: He left on a prop plane.


Leaving on a ham sammich.....
 
2020-08-21 9:37:52 AM  
How many tears is "on"?
 
2020-08-21 9:50:46 AM  
If Cass hadn't eaten the original fuel selector they'd both still be alive.
 
2020-08-21 9:52:26 AM  
You can tell singers who are used to working with a group and harmonizing. They watch each other's mouth closely when singing live (Denver started out in a folk trio).

John Denver was my first ever concert. October 1972 at the Dane County Coliseum in Madison WI.
 
2020-08-21 9:56:51 AM  

My Sober Alt: feckingmorons: Growing up in the 70's was great.

So which one are you?

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and why isn't Eric in that picture?


He's the one taking the picture, duh.
 
2020-08-21 9:57:21 AM  

The Googles Do Nothing: TheHighlandHowler: He left on a prop plane.

Leaving on a ham sammich.....


This was a lie. She died of a heart attack.
 
2020-08-21 9:58:57 AM  

browneye: The Googles Do Nothing: TheHighlandHowler: He left on a prop plane.

Leaving on a ham sammich.....

This was a lie. She died of a heart attack.


From too many sammiches perhaps.
 
2020-08-21 10:01:11 AM  
His shirt sucks. Location looked like it reeked of cigarettes. No blast beats in the song. F. I live with my mom stars.
 
2020-08-21 10:15:39 AM  
The other thing that's sad is that her thoughts on voter registration are as timely as ever.
 
2020-08-21 10:24:19 AM  
The dubbed audience reaction sounds were pretty bad, but John's awesome shirt helped me get through it.
 
2020-08-21 10:37:12 AM  
His 12-string work sounds a lot like Lightfoot's playing at certain points in that song.
 
2020-08-21 10:41:05 AM  
Damn! When they hit the first chorus I literally got chills.
 
2020-08-21 10:48:28 AM  
Looks like I'm human.

Dammit.
 
2020-08-21 10:48:48 AM  
I expected the Rocky Mountains to be a lot rockier.

That John Denver is full of shiat.
 
2020-08-21 10:56:30 AM  
I'm just going to say  John Denver sings like a farking angel and he don't need no autotune.
 
2020-08-21 11:28:06 AM  
It's sadder if you listen to it while thinking they're both aware of their fates and helpless to do anything about it
 
2020-08-21 11:34:43 AM  

The Googles Do Nothing: browneye: The Googles Do Nothing: TheHighlandHowler: He left on a prop plane.

Leaving on a ham sammich.....

This was a lie. She died of a heart attack.

From too many sammiches perhaps.


No doubt obesity probably contributed to her apparent heart disease, but the urban legend of Cass Elliott dying from choking on a ham sandwich is a lie.  And if I recall correctly, the lie started making the rounds almost immediately after her death (and this was well before internet/email/etc.)

'Course none of that gave her 7-year-old daughter at the time any solace.

/One of the earliest and weirdest examples of fat-shaming.
 
2020-08-21 11:59:00 AM  

browneye: The Googles Do Nothing: browneye: The Googles Do Nothing: TheHighlandHowler: He left on a prop plane.

Leaving on a ham sammich.....

This was a lie. She died of a heart attack.

From too many sammiches perhaps.

No doubt obesity probably contributed to her apparent heart disease, but the urban legend of Cass Elliott dying from choking on a ham sandwich is a lie.  And if I recall correctly, the lie started making the rounds almost immediately after her death (and this was well before internet/email/etc.)

'Course none of that gave her 7-year-old daughter at the time any solace.

/One of the earliest and weirdest examples of fat-shaming.


I don't think it was one of the earliest.  From what I understand, it played a big part in Judy Garland's story.  Not that she was ever what you would call "big", but the people in charge always wanted her slimmer.  And I think it was an old story, even then.

Cass Elliott, though... Man, could she sing.  Unfortunately in a genre that places too much emphasis on looks and body type for women.
 
2020-08-21 12:07:35 PM  
Very cool! Aired the day after my 5th birthday.
 
2020-08-21 12:09:00 PM  
My dad was with Pan Am, he and my mom used to sing this to me whenever they left town. It was often in the early morning, before I got out of bed.

I played the song for each of them the last time I saw them alive.

/dusty...onions...whatever
 
2020-08-21 12:09:41 PM  
Poignant for me today. Oldest daughter is leaving for her freshman year of college tomorrow. Gonna miss that kid.
 
2020-08-21 12:14:51 PM  
Thanks to this thread, I am now aware that they're rebooting the Final Destination movies!
 
2020-08-21 12:14:56 PM  

Billy Liar: browneye: The Googles Do Nothing: browneye: The Googles Do Nothing: TheHighlandHowler: He left on a prop plane.

Leaving on a ham sammich.....

This was a lie. She died of a heart attack.

From too many sammiches perhaps.

No doubt obesity probably contributed to her apparent heart disease, but the urban legend of Cass Elliott dying from choking on a ham sandwich is a lie.  And if I recall correctly, the lie started making the rounds almost immediately after her death (and this was well before internet/email/etc.)

'Course none of that gave her 7-year-old daughter at the time any solace.

/One of the earliest and weirdest examples of fat-shaming.

I don't think it was one of the earliest.  From what I understand, it played a big part in Judy Garland's story.  Not that she was ever what you would call "big", but the people in charge always wanted her slimmer.  And I think it was an old story, even then.

Cass Elliott, though... Man, could she sing.  Unfortunately in a genre that places too much emphasis on looks and body type for women.


John Phillips being such an Nth level asshole played into Cass's issues. Standing next to Michelle Phillips likely had an impact but I'm not thinking Michelle had any culpability. Great episode on the tragedy at You Must Remember This podcast.
 
2020-08-21 12:19:20 PM  

Billy Liar: browneye: The Googles Do Nothing: browneye: The Googles Do Nothing: TheHighlandHowler: He left on a prop plane.

Leaving on a ham sammich.....

This was a lie. She died of a heart attack.

From too many sammiches perhaps.

No doubt obesity probably contributed to her apparent heart disease, but the urban legend of Cass Elliott dying from choking on a ham sandwich is a lie.  And if I recall correctly, the lie started making the rounds almost immediately after her death (and this was well before internet/email/etc.)

'Course none of that gave her 7-year-old daughter at the time any solace.

/One of the earliest and weirdest examples of fat-shaming.

I don't think it was one of the earliest.  From what I understand, it played a big part in Judy Garland's story.  Not that she was ever what you would call "big", but the people in charge always wanted her slimmer.  And I think it was an old story, even then.

Cass Elliott, though... Man, could she sing.  Unfortunately in a genre that places too much emphasis on looks and body type for women.


At least she was in a time that still put a decent amount of emphasis on the music and less on looks. If she started out 10 years later, no way would she have the career that she did.
 
2020-08-21 12:25:31 PM  
No tears.

No matter what alternate fate may have brought, John and Cass would be into their 80's now, Instead, they are frozen in time, at their peak of possibility; we will never know them as old, irrelevant, poor and desperate nostalgia acts. This will always be them - young, sunny, vibrant and groovy.

Not Fat Elvis in a jumpsuit. Not Sinatra forgetting the words to his hits.

They remain part of their time, where they helped to define that time.

This guy was their age. When they went down, "Quadrophenia" was their latest.

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Apart from some CSI theme songs...

Well, you know what I would be angling around to say.
 
2020-08-21 12:37:01 PM  

catmandu: Billy Liar: browneye: The Googles Do Nothing: browneye: The Googles Do Nothing: TheHighlandHowler: He left on a prop plane.

Leaving on a ham sammich.....

This was a lie. She died of a heart attack.

From too many sammiches perhaps.

No doubt obesity probably contributed to her apparent heart disease, but the urban legend of Cass Elliott dying from choking on a ham sandwich is a lie.  And if I recall correctly, the lie started making the rounds almost immediately after her death (and this was well before internet/email/etc.)

'Course none of that gave her 7-year-old daughter at the time any solace.

/One of the earliest and weirdest examples of fat-shaming.

I don't think it was one of the earliest.  From what I understand, it played a big part in Judy Garland's story.  Not that she was ever what you would call "big", but the people in charge always wanted her slimmer.  And I think it was an old story, even then.

Cass Elliott, though... Man, could she sing.  Unfortunately in a genre that places too much emphasis on looks and body type for women.

At least she was in a time that still put a decent amount of emphasis on the music and less on looks. If she started out 10 years later, no way would she have the career that she did.


Christopher Cross nods in understanding
 
2020-08-21 1:00:51 PM  
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2020-08-21 1:10:25 PM  
I remember this song from waaaaay back.
I always hated it.
 
2020-08-21 1:25:34 PM  

cryinoutloud: I remember this song from waaaaay back.
I always hated it.


I'll alert the media.
 
2020-08-21 1:31:49 PM  
When I was in college in the '80s, I knew a friend of a friend who fairly worshipped John Denver. He also worshipped Reagan and was a Young Republican. That always struck me as strange.
He was also an enormous asshole.
 
2020-08-21 1:41:37 PM  
I listened to half a John Denver record once.
 
2020-08-21 1:44:44 PM  

browneye: The Googles Do Nothing: TheHighlandHowler: He left on a prop plane.

Leaving on a ham sammich.....

This was a lie. She died of a heart attack.


Everybody dies of a heart attack, that would be the heart stopping its functions due to other factors.
 
2020-08-21 1:55:49 PM  
This one's on the Midnight Special DVDs.

I find it ironic and timely that the speech about voting is relevant today.

And this is the clip I show people to prove that John Denver is actually amazing. His sudden transformation from affable goofball to incredible professional virtuoso never fails to impress.
 
2020-08-21 1:57:10 PM  
Damn you, subby.  I am not human.  The room's just filled with onions and dust.  Onion and Dust, I say.  Sort of a Joan Baez-y kinda room....


/wishing John has stuck to jet planes....
//missing Cass...
///thanks, subby.
 
2020-08-21 2:07:25 PM  

MillionDollarMo: I listened to half a John Denver record once.


Is this the record?

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2020-08-21 2:08:37 PM  

Billy Liar: browneye: The Googles Do Nothing: browneye: The Googles Do Nothing: TheHighlandHowler: He left on a prop plane.

Leaving on a ham sammich.....

This was a lie. She died of a heart attack.

From too many sammiches perhaps.

No doubt obesity probably contributed to her apparent heart disease, but the urban legend of Cass Elliott dying from choking on a ham sandwich is a lie.  And if I recall correctly, the lie started making the rounds almost immediately after her death (and this was well before internet/email/etc.)

'Course none of that gave her 7-year-old daughter at the time any solace.

/One of the earliest and weirdest examples of fat-shaming.

I don't think it was one of the earliest.  From what I understand, it played a big part in Judy Garland's story.  Not that she was ever what you would call "big", but the people in charge always wanted her slimmer.  And I think it was an old story, even then.

Cass Elliott, though... Man, could she sing.  Unfortunately in a genre that places too much emphasis on looks and body type for women.


The woman had an extraordinary voice. Which is why I get kinda pissed at the whole ham sandwich shait.
 
2020-08-21 2:19:05 PM  

browneye: The Googles Do Nothing: browneye: The Googles Do Nothing: TheHighlandHowler: He left on a prop plane.

Leaving on a ham sammich.....

This was a lie. She died of a heart attack.

From too many sammiches perhaps.

No doubt obesity probably contributed to her apparent heart disease, but the urban legend of Cass Elliott dying from choking on a ham sandwich is a lie.  And if I recall correctly, the lie started making the rounds almost immediately after her death (and this was well before internet/email/etc.)

'Course none of that gave her 7-year-old daughter at the time any solace.

/One of the earliest and weirdest examples of fat-shaming.


I heard recently that her handlers pushed that narrative. The real story being that years of drug use (some amphetamines for weight loss among others) trashed her heart.
 
2020-08-21 2:20:37 PM  
I'm not always in the mood for this kind of music.  Boy, though, that is a fantastic performance.
 
2020-08-21 2:34:25 PM  

mcmnky: MillionDollarMo: I listened to half a John Denver record once.

Is this the record?

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It ain't Christmastime until i hear their version of the 12 Days of Christmas.

//Yes, Username checks out.
//I miss John Denver almost as much as Henson
// If you like Jim Henson at all you should read his biography by Brian Jay Jones
 
2020-08-21 2:36:39 PM  

kermit the forg: It ain't Christmastime until i hear their version of the 12 Days of Christmas.


Five gooold riiings...
 
2020-08-21 3:10:47 PM  
Lol her speech about everyone's vote being equally important.  She can go choke on a ... nevermind.
 
2020-08-21 3:14:08 PM  

browneye: Billy Liar: browneye: The Googles Do Nothing: browneye: The Googles Do Nothing: TheHighlandHowler: He left on a prop plane.

Leaving on a ham sammich.....

This was a lie. She died of a heart attack.

From too many sammiches perhaps.

No doubt obesity probably contributed to her apparent heart disease, but the urban legend of Cass Elliott dying from choking on a ham sandwich is a lie.  And if I recall correctly, the lie started making the rounds almost immediately after her death (and this was well before internet/email/etc.)

'Course none of that gave her 7-year-old daughter at the time any solace.

/One of the earliest and weirdest examples of fat-shaming.

I don't think it was one of the earliest.  From what I understand, it played a big part in Judy Garland's story.  Not that she was ever what you would call "big", but the people in charge always wanted her slimmer.  And I think it was an old story, even then.

Cass Elliott, though... Man, could she sing.  Unfortunately in a genre that places too much emphasis on looks and body type for women.

The woman had an extraordinary voice. Which is why I get kinda pissed at the whole ham sandwich shait.


I whole-heartedly agree.  Though I have to admit, I always did get a dark chuckle out of the line "If Mama Cass had only shared that sandwich with Karen Carpenter, they might both be alive today."

/hangs head in shame
//Karen's cause of death is also commonly mis-represented
///Two beautiful women with beautiful voices gone far too soon
 
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2020-08-21 3:25:11 PM  
I've watched this many times. Nice version of the song.

As a kid in the 70s, we used to sing a lot of John Denver songs in music class. For a while it turned me away from his music, that it was for grade school music. Later I came back around and appreciate many of his songs. I like hearing his version of this to contrast with the Peter, Paul, and Mary version that was the hit. The guy could write a great song. Among my favorites are Annie's Song and Perhaps Love. The versions Placido (Sexual Harasser) Domingo did are great, but now come with a lot of baggage. Living just about 15 miles from the Shenadoah River, get a new kick from hearing Country Roads. Off to the tubes to listen to more.
 
2020-08-21 4:03:48 PM  
I'm so glad this was posted today.  It was a just what I needed to let loose the waterworks.  I so miss JD.
 
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