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Wellington, Feb 15 NZPA - More than a dozen years after his death, singer-songwriter John Denver is poised for a comeback -- and his daughter living in New Zealand says she's pleased.

The folk-music hero, whose lyrical optimism captured the freewheeling ways of 1970s Colorado, will soon receive some splashy honours, the Denver post reported today.

On April 21, performers will gather for "John Denver: A Rocky Mountain High Earth Day Celebration", and the same night, John Denver will become the first inductee into the new Colorado Music Hall of Fame, the newspaper said.

"My dad's legacy, his work and his music, has always spoken well for itself," said Anna Kate Hutter, Denver's daughter, who lives at Wanaka.

"There are people all around the world who haven't lost sight of that. And this will be a great opportunity to rekindle that and to attract newer audiences and younger listeners - and to reward the people who have been devoted fans all these years.

"My dad had all the best fans in the world, and he still does," she told the newspaper

Among the music stars scheduled for the tribute concert are Olivia Newton-John, Lee Ann Womack, John Oates (of Hall & Oates), Nitty Gritty Dirt Band and others to be announced.

Newton-John, a longtime Denver friend, will host the event and perform with Denver's original band, as well as the Boulder Philharmonic.

The concert will raise money for the University of Colorado and launch the hall of fame which will be decked with memorabilia from the John Denver family archives.

The concert is only the beginning of a big push coming from the Denver estate, which recently relaunched johndenver.com with new art, merchandise and social-media ties. Estate managers are in talks with various labels and organizations about reissues, tribute tours and a possible covers record.

John Denver's first marriage was to Annie Martell, the subject of his hit Annie's Song, composed in 10 minutes while on a ski lift in 1974. He and Annie adopted a son, Zachary, and daughter, Anna Kate, though the couple divorced in 1982.

The singer was a keen pilot and died in October 1997 when his experimental Rutan Long-EZ plane crashed into the Pacific Ocean.

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