John Prine Wiki – John Prine Biography
John Prine who was a songwriter has died from complications related to coronavirus. He was 73.
Famous for songs like “Hello in There”, “Sam Stone”, “Illegal Smile”, “Donald and Lydia”, and “Paradise”, Prine was widely recognized as one of the most influential songwriters of his generation.
Fast Facts You Need To Know
Born: October 10, 1946, Maywood, Illinois, United States
Died: April 7, 2020
Movies: Daddy and Them, Falling from Grace,
John Prine Age
He was 73 years old.
John Prine Early Life, Education, Career
Born in a small suburb of Illinois, Prine began playing guitar at 14. After graduating high school, he served in the Army during the Vietnam War era as a mechanic.
John Prine Parents
Prine is the son of William Prine. a tool-and-die maker, and Verna Hamm, a homemaker, both from Muhlenberg County, Kentucky.
John Prine Early Career
He grew up in the Maywood suburb of Chicago. He started playing guitar at age 14, taught by his brother, David. He attended classes at Chicago’s Old Town School of Folk Music.
John Prine Education
Prine attended Proviso East High School in Maywood, Illinois. He was a mailman for five years and served in the Army during the Vietnam War era, serving in Germany, before beginning his musical career in Chicago.
John Prine Career
In the late-1960s, while Prine was delivering mail, he began to sing at open mic evenings at the Fifth Peg on Armitage Avenue in Chicago. Prine was initially a spectator, reluctant to perform, but eventually did so in response to a “You think you can do better?” comment made to him by another performer. Chicago Sun-Times movie critic Roger Ebert heard him there and wrote the first review Prine ever received, calling him a great songwriter. He became a central figure in the Chicago folk revival, which also included such singer-songwriters as Steve Goodman, Michael Peter Smith, Bonnie Koloc, Jim Post, Tom Dundee, Anne Hills and Fred Holstein. Joined by such established musicians as Jethro Burns and Bob Gibson, Prine performed frequently at a variety of Chicago clubs—including the Earl of Old Town, the Quiet Knight, Dangling Conversation, Somebody Else’s Troubles, The Fifth Peg, and the Bulls.
John Prine Married, Wife
Prine is married to Fiona Whelan Prine, who is also his manager.
John Prine Health Issues
In early 1998, Prine was diagnosed with squamous cell cancer on the right side of his neck. He had major surgery to remove a substantial amount of diseased tissue, followed by six weeks of radiation therapy. The surgery removed a piece of his neck and severed a few nerves in his tongue, while the radiation damaged some salivary glands. A year of recuperation and speech therapy was necessary before he could perform again. The operation altered his vocals, and has added a gravelly tone to his voice.
John Prine Cancer
In 2013, Prine learned he had cancer in his left lung and underwent surgery to remove it. After the surgery, a physical therapist put him through an unusual workout to build stamina: Prine was required to run up and down his house stairs, grab his guitar while still out of breath and sing two songs. Six months later, he was touring again.
John Prine Grammy Award
On January 26, Prine was honored with the Grammys Lifetime Achievement Award at the 62nd annual awards show, which featured a tribute introduction and performance by Bonnie Raitt. His illustrious career spans over five decades.
John Prine Wife John Prine Corona Virus
Fiona Whelan Prine revealed on March 19, 2020 that she had tested positive for the COVID-19 virus and had been quarantined in her home apart from Prine. On March 29, 2020, Prine’s family announced that he had been hospitalized on March 26 after suddenly experiencing symptoms associated with COVID-19. He was intubated on the evening of March 28, and was in critical condition. On March 30, Whelan Prine tweeted that she had recovered and that her husband was now in stable condition, though she cautioned that this does not mean he is improving. On April 3, 2020, Whelan Prine gave another update on her husband’s condition saying that he was currently in his eighth day in ICU and that he is still on a ventilator and needs quite a bit of help with his breathing. He has pneumonia in both lungs and he has also developed some peripheral issues that are being treated with medications including antibiotics. She said that her husband is still very ill but she remains hopeful that he can continue to fight this and come home where his family can care for him.
John Prine Corona Virus
Prine was first hospitalized on March 26 after exhibiting COVID-19 symptoms, according to Rolling Stone.
He was intubated on March 29.
John Prine Death and Cause
John Prine, the raspy-voiced country-folk singer whose ingenious lyrics to songs by turns poignant, angry and comic made him a favorite of Bob Dylan, Kris Kristofferson and others, died Tuesday at Vanderbilt University Medical Center in Nashville, Tenn. He was 73.
The cause was complications from Covid-19, his family said.