Vol MMXIII, No 70
March 11, 1974
The John Denver Show debuts on television
The John Denver Show
On this date in 1974, John Denver appeared in his first television show in the United States (he already had six live shows in England). With a string of hits which include "Take Me Home, Country Road", "Rocky Mountain High" and Sunshine on My Shoulder", Denver had become immensely popular in an era when Rock and Roll was King, and Country Music had not yet hit the prime time. Denver would follow up with many other Television specials, more hit songs, and a hit movie. Later in 1974, The John Denver Show was nominated for an Emmy Award.
John Denver graduated Fort Worth's Arlington Heights High School in 1961 as Henry John Deutschendorf, Jr., before attending Texas Tech, and moving to California. He replaced Chad Mitchell in the Mitchell Trio, took on the stage name John Denver, and recorded two albums with the trio before going solo.
The television show was an immediate success, giving audiences an alternative from protest music of the folk era, and the heavier rock and roll. Country Music had not yet made the "prime time." Denver's message was positive and hopeful, and earned him tremendous love and respect from audiences worldwide. John Denver albums (now CD's) continue to sell in the millions annually.
Coahuila Constitution adopted
The Constitution of Coahuila governing the area of North Mexico now Texas, was formally adopted on this date in 1827. Texas, though growing in population, will not be its own state as settlers had hoped, but a part of Coahuala, with only a promice that at some time in the future, Texas could become its own state. This arrangement was resented my many in Texas, and was a giant step toward the Texas Revolution a decade later.
Sam Houston, now in command, arrives in Gonzales.
On this date in 1836, General Sam Houston, recently given command of the Texas forces, arrived in Gonzales to begin organizing the Texas troops. The next day, Houston learned about the massacre at the Alamo. Without further delay, his troops are organized and trained to do battle against Santa Anna's army, expected to advance eastward toward Houston's position in Gonzales.