|Thank God I'm a Country Boy|
Single by John Denver from the album Back Home Again
B-side "My Sweet Lady"
Released March 1975
Recorded August 26, 1974
Genre country, folk
Length 3:13 (1974 studio version)
3:40 (live version)
Label RCA Records
Writer(s) John Martin Sommers
Producer Milton Okun
"Thank God I'm a Country Boy", also known as "Country Boy" is a song written by John Martin Sommers and recorded by American singer/songwriter John Denver.
The song was originally included on Denver's 1974 album Back Home Again.
A version recorded live on August 26, 1974 at the Universal Amphitheatre in Los Angeles was included on his 1975 album An Evening With John Denver.
The live version was released as a single and went to No. 1 on both the Billboard magazine Hot Country Singles and Billboard Hot 100 charts. The song topped both charts for one week each, first the country chart (on May 31), and the Hot 100 chart a week later.
"Thank God I'm a Country Boy" was one of six songs released in 1975 that topped both the Billboard Hot 100 and Billboard Hot Country Singles charts. Denver's two-sided hit "I'm Sorry"/"Calypso" also received that distinction.
It was written by John Martin Sommers, a guitar/fiddle player in Denver's backup band, on December 31, 1973 (Denver's thirtieth birthday) when he was driving from his home in Aspen, Colorado to Los Angeles.