John Prine, singer and songwriter, dies after battle with coronavirus

Lawrence Kim
April 8, 2020

He was also inducted into the Songwriters Hall Of Fame last summer and was shortlisted for The Rock And Roll Hall Of Fame in 2018. His family confirmed that he died of COVID-19 complications. They had been isolating separately.

Bruce Springsteen declared Prine a "true national treasure and a songwriter for the ages", writing "over here on E Street, we are crushed by the loss of John Prine".

In the month of March, John Prine was admitted to the hospital due to coronavirus.

"John and I were "New Dylans" together in the early '70s and he was never anything but the loveliest guy in the world". "But so many of you have loved and supported John over the years, we wanted to let you know, and give you the chance to send on more of that love and support now".

Country music star Sheryl Crow said Prine's music would endure. He is singing with the angels.

Ryan Peake, from the band Nickelback, said on the group's Twitter account: "Sad news about John Prine".

In his 1997 autobiography Cash, Johnny Cash said: "I don't listen to music much at the farm, unless I'm going into songwriting mode and looking for inspiration". It's a big loss to the music industry. "So is Neil Young, Bob Dylan, so is John Prine". That same year, Prine performed at the Newport Folk Festival, and invited numerous artists, including Justin Vernon, Roger Waters, Margo Price, and others to participate. She tweeted: "It hurts so bad to read the news". My friend is gone. "Thank you, John Prine".

Prine, who was one of the most influential figures in folk and country music, was born in Maywood, Illinois, began playing the guitar at the age of 14.

Singer-songwriter Kris Kristofferson fatefully saw Prine performing at the Earl of Old Town club, leading to Prine's signing with Atlantic Records and self-titled debut album, released in 1971. His 50 year career included 18 albums and hundreds of songs appreciated by fans. In 2013, he was diagnosed with cancer in his left lung and had it removed.

His anti-Vietnam War hit "Your Flag Decal Won't Get You Into Heaven Anymore" found a second coming in the early 2000s as the United States embarked on wars in Afghanistan and Iraq, earning Prine both standing ovations and angry hate mail.

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