"Leaving on a Jet Plane
" is a song written by John Denver
in 1966 and most famously recorded by Peter, Paul and Mary
. The original title of the song was "Oh Babe I Hate to Go" but Denver's then producer, Milt Okun, convinced him to change the title.
The song was initially recorded in 1967 by the Chad Mitchell Trio
, and later that same year by Spanky and Our Gang
. Peter, Paul and Mary
's version first appeared on their 1967 Album 1700
; however, it did not become a hit until they released it as a single in 1969. It turned out to be their biggest (and final) hit, becoming their only #1 on the Billboard Hot 100
chart in the United States
. It was the second to last #1 single of the 1960s. The song also spent three weeks atop the easy listening chart
. The song was also sung by the crew of the space shuttle in the movie Armageddon
John Denver's version of his song, "Leaving on a Jet Plane", was included on his 1969 debut solo album, Rhymes & Reasons
. Many other artists have covered
this song, including:
- Country group The Kendalls recorded the song, which entered the U.S. country singles top-fifty in 1970.
- The song prompted litigation involving the British group New Order. The band's single "Run 2" (1989) was the subject of a lawsuit brought by John Denver, who argued that its wordless guitar break was based on his "Leaving on a Jet Plane". An out-of-court settlement ensured that the......