It's not as high profile as Elton John's Princess Diana tribute, but Arlington-based singer-songwriter Doug Fitch is making waves with his own homage to the late John Denver.
Mr.Fitch wrote and sings "Fly-A Tribute To John Denver," a ballad performed in the same acoustic-oriented, pop-folk style Mr. Denver mastered.
The song was first played Oct. 21 on KVIL-FM (103.7) by Ron Chapman from a home project studio demo tape Mr. Fitch delivered to the station.
"The first thing [that caught my ear] was the sound of his voice," says Mr. Chapman. "He has a natural singing voice that is hauntingly like John Denver's. It's not an impersonation, it's the way he sings. The first three or four notes of it took my breath away. Then as I listened to the song I thought, 'It is a good song!'"
Mr. Chapman liked it so much he called Mr. Fitch and suggested he re-record the song at a professional studio.
"It was a real good demo," the DJ says, "but if we are going to play it on the air, we wanted it to be as compatible with the other things we play as possible. Within 48 hours, we had the studio, the musicians and the arrangement. We love the end results. It would sound good on any radio station in the country."