Henry’s father wanted him to go to college and become an officer in the Air Force but he wanted to try and make a living singing. His grandmother had given him the guitar she used growing up (around 1910), when he was around 12 and he was hooked on music.
When his career finally took off he lost his precious guitar and it really upset him just like losing a family member. About five years later he was getting ready to do a television special in Los Angeles and found the guitar before he left. When he got to the hotel he sat in the room for hours bonding with his old guitar. Out of that reunion came one of the most beautiful songs ever written: "This Old Guitar." That's right, he had to change his name for obvious reasons as the world knew him as John Denver.