Annie Martell is the ex-wife of John Denver. Annie’s ex-husband, Denver was an American singer-songwriter, activist, and humanitarian whose greatest commercial success was as a solo singer. Denver began his music career with folk music groups during the late 1960s. Starting in the 1970s, he was one of the most popular acoustic artists of the decade and one of its best-selling artists. By 1974, he was one of America’s best-selling performers; AllMusic has called Denver “among the most beloved entertainers of his era”.
Annie Martell: Profile Summary
|ex-wife of John Denver
|Date of Birth
|September 6, 1946
|75 years old as of 2021
|Place of Birth
|St. Peter, Minnesota, United States of America
|Anna Kate Denver, Zachary John Denver
Annie Martell was born Ann Marie Martell on September 6, 1946, in St. Peter, Minnesota, United States of America. Much is known about Annie’s family and close relatives. Annie went to Aldophus College, In St Peter, Minnesota
How did the two former love birds meet? She met John Denver at Gustavus Adolphus College, in St. Peter, Minnesota, where she was a student.
The couple dated for a while and tied the knot in 1967. They got married in a beautiful ceremony in the presence of their friends, family, and loved ones. Their marriage was an inspiration for many young fans.
One of John Denver’s biggest hits, “Annie’s Song“, was written for her. The song was released as a single from Denver’s album, Back Home Again. It was his second number-one song in the United States, occupying that spot for two weeks in July 1974. “Annie’s Song” also went to number one on the Easy Listening chart. Billboard ranked it as the No. 25 song for 1974. He composed the song in only ten minutes as he sat on a Colorado ski lift after the couple had an argument.
They lived in Edina, Minnesota, from 1968 to 1971. After the success of “Rocky Mountain High”, inspired by a camping trip with Annie and some friends, Denver bought a residence in Aspen, Colorado. He lived in Aspen continuously until his death. Annie Martell and her husband Denvers adopted a boy, Zachary John, and a girl, Anna Kate, who, Denver said, were “meant to be” theirs.
Denver once said, “I’ll tell you the best thing about me. I’m some guy’s dad; I’m some little gal’s dad. When I die, Zachary John and Anna Kate’s father, boy, that’s enough for me to be remembered by. That’s more than enough”. Zachary was the subject of “A Baby Just Like You”, a song that included the line “Merry Christmas, little Zachary” and which he wrote for Frank Sinatra.
Denver and Annie Martell divorced in 1982. In a 1983 interview shown in the documentary John Denver: Country Boy (2013), Denver said that career demands drove them apart; Martell said they were too young and immature to deal with Denver’s sudden success. Following the property settlement, Denver nearly choked Martell. He cut their marital bed in half with a chainsaw.
Annie Martell lives in Aspen and she has been a family therapist there for many years now. She never remarried after her divorce from Denver. Her ex-husband on the other hand had a second marriage in 1988 to young Australian actress Cassandra Delaney produced a daughter, Jesse Belle, but also ended in divorce.
Annie Martell’s ex-husband, Denver died in 1997 when the experimental Rutan Long-EZ plane, aircraft registration number N555JD, crashed into Monterey Bay near Pacific Grove, California, while making a series of touch-and-go landings at the nearby Monterey Peninsula Airport. According to The Aspen Times, survivors of the Denver estate sold the main house for $2.38 million to DBZ Trust in February 1999.