John Prine's wife remembers late singer, praises caregivers

John Prine's wife remembers late singer, praises caregivers

The global music community has united to mourn the loss of legendary singer-songwriter, John Prine. His influence has impacted a new generation of great American songwriters with Jason Isbell, Kacey Musgraves and Sturgill Simpson both citing Prine's songbook as an inspiration. My heart and love go out to Fiona and all the family.

The Times reported that Prine's death was caused by complications of Covid-19.

Prine was born October 10, 1946, in Maywood, Ill., and began playing guitar at age 14. The first song he performed - when coaxed onto that Chicago open-mic stage - was "Sam Stone". "John was the love of my life and adored by our sons Jody, Jack and Tommy, daughter in law Fanny, and by our grandchildren", she wrote in a lengthy caption beneath a photo of the late musician sitting with his signature acoustic guitar. "Naw", Prine remembered him responding.

He likes his singer-songwriters, The Boss does: he reckons Prine was up there with Bob Dylan and Leonard Cohen, Joni Mitchell and Jackson Browne, Van Morrison and Bruce Springsteen.

So many of Prine's songs are still relevant decades after he wrote them.

Lavery tweeted: "I'm beyond gutted to hear about the passing of John Prine but also grateful to have been exposed to the music and stories of a true genius #RIPJohnPrine".

The songs have since each been covered dozens of times by other artists.

Make me an angel that flies from Montgomery / Make me a poster of an old rodeo / Just give me one thing that I can hold on to / To believe in this living is just a hard way to go. Midwestern mindtrips to the nth degree.

The Recording Academy also saluted Prine via a statement to ET from interim president/CEO, Harvey Mason. His second would come with 2005's Fair and Square capturing the award for Best Contemporary Folk Album.

Prine had twice fought cancer.

He told me Prine left school to become a mailman, joined the army for two years and returned to his old job, composing tunes as he did his rounds. The same humor suffused much of his work, alongside its poignant commentary about the struggles and foibles of ordinary people.

Ever fun-loving in the face of tribulation, the heaven Prine envisioned on his last album, released in 2018, would allow him to resume his youthful habits: "I'm gonna get a cocktail: vodka and ginger ale / I'm gonna smoke a cigarette that's nine miles long".

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