John Denver – Calypso

John Denver, folkie and seminal celebrity environmentalist, died in a plane crash. But he also sang about a boat that sank. The Calypso was a vessel that sailed about promoting conservation, and belonged to Jacques-Yves Cousteau (1910-1997).

Cousteau, of course, was a diving pioneer and noted ecologist, author of many books and countless television documentaries. This tribute to him reached #1 on Billboard for 1975.

Perhaps just as the environment was not the big issue then as it is today, this song was initially considered the B-side to the single, “I’m Sorry.”

Many other songs also refer to Cousteau, including:

  • Da Mystery of Chessboxin’- Wu-Tang Clan
  • Nice To Know You – Incubus
  • Foux du Fa Fa – Flight of the Conchords
  • Twist My Arm – The Tragically Hip

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