The world of music has lost another legend when songwriter and folk artist John Prine died April 7, 2020 in Nashville as a result of the Covid-19 virus at the age of 73.
Prine was hospitalized March 26 at the Vanderbilt University Medical Center with the corona virus.
Prine’s wife Fiona was also diagnosed with the virus but has recovered from her illness.
The Grammy Award winning artist is a two time cancer survivor that left him with part of a missing lung and a disfigured jaw.
After teaching himself to play the guitar, Prine released his debut album in 1971 and went on to record a total of 19 studio albums during his career.
A prolific songwriter, Prine is best known for his song “Angel from Montgomery” which was made famous by Bonnie Raitt. Johnny Cash, Carly Simon, Bette Midler, Norah Jones, George Strait, Miranda Lambert, Joan Baez, John Denver, the Everly Brothers, Carly Simon, George Strait, Old Crow Medicine Show, and the Zac Brown Band are also among those artists who have recorded Prine’s music. While Prine himself never became a household name, his songs certainly did.
Along with winning two Grammy Awards and a Lifetime Achievement Award from the Recording Academy; Prine has been inducted into the Nashville Songwriters and Songwriters Halls of Fame, and is a PEN New England Lyrics Award recipient.
He was born in Maywood, Illinois on October 10,1946. He spent time in the U.S. Army and was a mail carrier before making a career out of his music.
Prine is survived by his wife Fiona, children Jack, Tommy, and Jody; and three grandchildren.
John Prine Discography:
“Diamonds in the Rough”
“The Missing Years”
“A John Prine Christmas”
“Lost Dogs & Mixed Blessings”
“Live on Tour”
“In Spite of Ourselves”
“Fair & Square”
“Standard Songs for Average People”
“In Person & On Stage”
“For Better, Or Worse”
“The Tree of Forgiveness”