Stars mourn John Prine on social media: 'A true national treasure'

Stars mourn John Prine on social media: 'A true national treasure'

Stars mourn John Prine on social media: 'A true national treasure'

The New York Times reported that Prine died at Vanderbilt University Hospital in Nashville. "Hello In There" from John Prine (1971)4.

His father was born in Western Kentucky. He was a mailman for a time, writing lyrics as he delivered letters. His switch to music came about at a Chicago open mic night, where he was overheard complaining about the low standard of talent onstage and was challenged to do better. Many of his songs have been featured in films, "Fire Down Below", and "Into the Wild".

"His song Sam Stone, about a Vietnam war veteran, was the saddest song of my generation, General", he says.

Perhaps the best example of that is the classic "Angel From Montgomery". The elderly couple of "Hello in There".

"This is hard news for us to share", the family wrote on behalf of the Prine.

Prine's legacy spans further than some may realize.

A message posted on Prine's Twitter page said that the "Angel from Montgomery" singer had been hospitalized since March 26 and his condition worsened on March 28.

His early songwriting style earned comparisons with no less than folk great Bob Dylan, who later called Prine one of his favourites. Songs this good don't belong to anyone.

His music went through many changes in styles ranging from folk/country, rock, rockabilly, and many other genres. Then, Prine said he just "let the character write the song".

Upon returning to the United States in 1967, Prine began performing around Chicago and became a key artist in the city's folk scene.

While Prine never charted a major hit on his own, his compositions were recorded by the likes of Joan Baez, Johnny Cash, the Everly Brothers, George Strait, Bette Midler, the Replacements' Paul Westerberg, Dwight Yoakam, and the Highwaymen (a country supergroup comprised of Waylon Jennings, Willie Nelson, Cash, and Kristofferson).

In his final years of life, Prine released an album in which all the proceeds from it went to an organization in Whitesburg that helps miners and their families get black lung benefits.

"She wanted to get out of her house and her marriage and everything", he said. "Nobody but Prine could write like that". Among them was Brandi Carlile, whom Colbert asked to play one of Prine's songs in tribute. "And he writes attractive songs".

It was something that I always found made both Prine and Ireland so unique. He released 18 full-length studio albums over the course of his career and had the highest debut of his career with 2018's The Tree of Forgiveness. Many stars, fans, and friends mourn his death.

After a year of speech therapy he was able to perform again, albeit with a new gravelly timbre. You listen to his songs wanting to know what happens. With its oft-repeated chorus - "We were standing, standing by peaceful waters/ Whoa, wah, oh wah, oh" - "Lake Marie" is Prine's great goodbye song. "I think so", John replies.

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