|John Denver (1973)|
This resolution, House Concurrent Resolution No. 40 (HCR 40), can be read in its entirety on West Virginia Legislature's website.
"Take Me Home, Country Roads", also known as simply "Country Roads", was written by Bill Danoff, Taffy Nivert, and John Denver in 1970, and the song was first recorded by Denver for his 1971 album Poems, Prays, and Promises.
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Denver's song has become very popular worldwide and in West Virginia it was immediately well received. According to the Wikipedia article about the song, several resolutions have been introduced in the W.Va. House of Delegate and Senate over the years to change the state song to "Country Roads", but such efforts to date have been unsuccessful.
Is this the year that 'Country Roads' becomes an official state song? (Your comments are welcome, below).
West Virginia's Three Official State Songs
As far as the here and now goes, the follow is what the West Virginia Department of Commerce's website has to say about the state official song(s):
Although many people consider John Denver’s “Country Roads” the state’s unofficial anthem, the Legislature adopted the following three official state songs on February 28, 1963: The West Virginia Hills, words and music by Ellen King and H.E. Engle; This is My West Virginia, by Iris Bell; and West Virginia, My Home Sweet Home, by Julian G. Hearne, Jr.