What is John Denver's real name?

What is John Denver's real name?
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For a man who wrote an iconic song called "Rocky Mountain High," his last name almost seems a little too on the nose. And, by golly, turns out it is.

Sadly, it wasn't fate that John Denver happened to be named after the capital city of the state he loved so much that he ultimately made a home in Aspen, Colorado. No, this was yet another beloved celebrity who lied to us and didn't even seem to be bothered by it.

JD is one of the most beloved artists of all time, bringing his acoustic stylings to the masses — which, honestly, might not have worked for him had he stuck with his given name. What's John Denver's real name?

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