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A Country Road: The Nationals - Netflix

Type: Documentary

Languages: English

Status: Ended

Runtime: 60 minutes

Premier: 2014-11-25

A Country Road: The Nationals - Take Me Home, Country Roads - Netflix

“Take Me Home, Country Roads”, also known as “Country Roads, Take Me Home” or “Country Roads”, is a song written by Bill Danoff, Taffy Nivert, and John Denver. It was released as a single performed by Denver on April 12, 1971, peaking at number 2 on Billboard's US Hot 100 singles for the week ending August 28, 1971. The song was a success on its initial release and was certified Gold by the RIAA on August 18, 1971, and Platinum on April 10, 2017. The song became one of John Denver's most popular and beloved songs. It has continued to sell, with over a million digital copies sold in the United States. It is considered to be Denver's signature song. The song has a prominent status as an iconic symbol of West Virginia, which it describes as “almost Heaven”, and it was played at the funeral memorial of U.S. Senator Robert Byrd in July 2010. In March 2014, it became one of several official state anthems of West Virginia.

A Country Road: The Nationals - Commercial performance - Netflix

“Take Me Home, Country Roads” appeared on the LP Poems, Prayers & Promises and was released as a 45 in the spring of 1971. Original pressings credited the single to “John Denver with Fat City”. It broke nationally in mid-April but moved up the charts very slowly. After several weeks, RCA Records called John and told him that they were giving up on the single. His response: “No! Keep working on it!” They did, and the single went to number 1 on the Record World Pop Singles Chart and the Cash Box Top 100, and number 2 on the U.S. Billboard Hot 100, topped only by “How Can You Mend a Broken Heart” by The Bee Gees. On August 18, 1971, it was certified Gold by the RIAA for a million copies shipped. The song continued to sell in the digital era. As of September 2017, the song has also sold an additional 1,584,000 downloads since it became available digitally.

A Country Road: The Nationals - References - Netflix