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Artist Name: JOHN DENVER
Song Author: John Denver, Dick Kniss, Mike Taylor
Year Recorded: 1973
Record Label: RCA
Label Number: 10703
Sunshine on My Shoulders

Single by John Denver from the album Poems, Prayers & Promises
Released December 1973
Format vinyl record
Genre Soft rock
Length 3:18 (single version)
5:10 (album version)
Label RCA
Writer(s) John Denver, Dick Kniss, Mike Taylor
Producer Milt Okun

"Sunshine on My Shoulders" (sometimes titled simply "Sunshine") is the title of a song recorded and co-written by American singer/songwriter John Denver.

It was originally released as an album track on 1971's Poems, Prayers & Promises and later, as a single in 1973. It went to number one on the Billboard Hot 100 chart in the U.S. in early 1974.

It was originally the B-side of one of his earlier songs, "I'd Rather Be a Cowboy." As the Vietnam War came to an end, the song took on a new significance and began to receive airplay on adult contemporary radio stations.

It entered the Billboard Hot 100 at number 90 on January 26, 1974 and moved into the number one spot nine weeks later, remaining at #1 for one week. The song also topped the adult contemporary chart for two weeks in 1974.