One of the prizes of meeting someone famous is to get their autograph. Fans line up hundreds deep to get the autograph of a star. Signing sessions was one of John Denver’s least favorite things to do. But despite his distaste for signing his name for people, he was very dedicated to his fans and he would sit for long sessions of autographing.
John expresses his real feelings about this topic in a song titled, Autograph. The lyrics go like this, “This is my autograph, here in the songs that I sing, here in my cry and my laugh, here in the love the I bring, to be always with you, and you always with me.“
Being at the stardom level of John Denver in the seventies must have been overwhelming at times. Because of John’s iconic looks there was no escaping his fans in public. John had a wicked sense of humor about some of his interactions with the public.
One of the stories goes like this. John and a friend were having a meal at a restaurant when a group of folks at another table recognized him. One of the guys at the table approached John and asked if they could have a picture with him. John said that he wold accommodate them after his meal.
The fan didn’t want to wait and pushed for the picture right away. John again said he would do it after the meal. The folks waited for John outside the restaurant and when John and his friend finished the meal he met them outside.
The group handed John’s friend the camera and prepared for the picture. John whispered to his friend, when you take the picture, frame it so all the heads are cut off.
Somewhere, somebody has a picture with John with only their bodies. I can only imagine their surprise. I guess their autograph was John’s sense of humor.