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It was on this date in 1974, that John Denver scored a #1 hit on the Billboard chart with the song "Sunshine on my Shoulders." According to Wikipedia, here's how John Denver described how he wrote the song:

 

"I wrote the song in Minnesota at the time I call 'late winter, early spring'. It was a dreary day, gray and slushy. The snow was melting and it was too cold to go outside and have fun, but God, you're ready for spring. You want to get outdoors again and you're waiting for that sun to shine, and you remember how sometimes just the sun itself can make you feel good. And in that very melancholy frame of mind I wrote 'Sunshine on my Shoulders'."

Hmm...by that description it sounds like John Denver was actually spending some time in Michigan at the time and not Minnesota when he wrote the lyrics.