Billboard #1 Hits: #321: ” Sunshine On My Shoulder”- John Denver. March 30, 1974. #1 for 1 week.
- Single: “Sunshine On My Shoulders”- John Denver
- Record Company-RCA
- Genre: Folk
- Written by John Denver, Dick Kniss and Mike Taylor
- Time: 3:18
- B-side:”Around And Around”
- Album- Poems, Prayers and Promises
- Grade: B-
- Peaked at #1 1 week on Billboard Hot 100. #1 in Canada.
“Sunshine On My Shoulders” was originally released on Denver’s 1971 album Poems, Prayers and Promises. It didn’t become a hit until it was re-released as a single in late 1973- and peaking at #1 in the early spring of 1973. Denver on writing 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’.” Being very fair skinned sunshine on my shoulders usually gives me sunburn.