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