'Country Roads' Gets W.Va. Recognition

By: The Associated Press Email
By: The Associated Press Email

CHARLESTON, W.Va. (AP) -- John Denver's "Take Me Home, Country Roads" is now an official state song in West Virginia.

Forty-three years after it first hit the airwaves with the words "Almost Heaven, West Virginia," the Legislature approved a resolution Friday designating it as one of four state songs.

"Take Me Home, Country Roads" has resonated with residents for decades. It's played after every West Virginia University basketball and football game. Denver sang it in person at the dedication of Mountaineer Field in Morgantown in 1980.

The state song effort was started two years ago by the widow of "Gilligan's Island" actor Bob Denver, who is no relation.

Dreama Denver is a Bluefield native. She says she got the idea after playing the song on her morning radio show in Princeton.


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