John Prine, Grammy-winning singer-songwriter, dead at 73 from coronavirus

Grammy-successful people and nation singer-songwriter John Prine died Tuesday from difficulties related to coronavirus, his loved ones confirmed to Rolling Stone. He was 73. He had been hospitalized March 26 and placed on a ventilator two times afterwards.

His spouse and children tweeted news about his significant issue the adhering to Sunday: “This is tough news for us to share. But so a lot of of you have beloved and supported John around the years, we preferred to let you know, and give you the chance to mail out more of that appreciate and support now. And know that we really like you, and John enjoys you.”

His spouse Fiona Whelan Prine, whom he married in 1996, said Monday that she had recovered from the virus but John was nevertheless in vital condition.

Born in the Chicago suburb of Maywood, Illinois, in 1946, Prine discovered to enjoy guitar from his older brother. At age 23, just after serving in the Army during the Vietnam War, Prine was functioning as a mailman and playing his unique tunes at the Chicago folk club The Fifth Peg. Younger journalist Roger Ebert dropped in just one night and penned a stellar review for the Chicago Sunlight-Instances, supporting to start Prine’s tunes job.

Kris Kristofferson, who became one of Prine’s earliest supporters and longtime close friends, extra him to a New York show that captivated label interest. Prine designed his debut with a self-titled album in 1971.

Even though the rootsy musician in no way scored a main hit of his personal, he manufactured several for other individuals — the most well-known becoming “Angel From Montgomery,” recorded by Bonnie Raitt.

Nicely-regarded artists also included several tunes from Prine’s premiere album, such as “Sam Stone” (recorded by Johnny Money, John Fogerty and extra), “Hello in There” (Joan Baez, Bette Midler, David Allan Coe) and “Paradise” (John Denver, between many others).

Prine garnered praise from Bob Dylan, and numerous other tunes from across his 24 albums have been recorded by dozens of artists such as Kristofferson, George Strait, Paul Westerberg, Norah Jones and Dwight Yoakam. That 1st self-titled report was inducted into the Grammy Hall of Fame in 2014.

John Prine performs in 2019.
John Prine performs in 2019.Getty Photographs

After treatment method from two bouts of most cancers in 1998 and 2013 remaining Prine’s voice sounding reduce and additional gravely, Prine continued to history.

He unveiled “The Tree of Forgiveness” in 2018, his initial album of new product in 13 many years, which peaked at No. 5 on the Billboard 200 — a job-significant for him.

On his web page, Prine said, “I saved saying when I was doing this album, it is likely to be my final 1. But if items go actually great with it, I just can’t see why I wouldn’t do anything else.”

Ahead of slipping unwell, Prine experienced planned a North American and European tour that was scheduled to start in May possibly.

Prine was inducted into the Songwriters Corridor of Fame in 2019 and won Grammys for his 1991 album, “The Missing Years” and 2005’s “Fair & Sq..”

Prine was identified with a Grammy Life span Achievement Award this 12 months. At the ceremony in January, Raitt paid out tribute to him with an acoustic edition of “Angel From Montgomery.”

“My good friend John Prine, who is sitting correct more than there, wrote ‘Angel From Montgomery’ and so many other songs that transformed my daily life,” Raitt mentioned just after her performance. “I love you, John.”

Hearing of his vital problem, people singer Baez focused a YouTube efficiency of “Hello in There” to John and Fiona, expressing it is been one of the most asked for music in her repertoire for much more than 40 yrs. at?v=CJPvc5vvKY4

Right after Fiona, who was also his supervisor, tweeted the information of his health issues, artists and enthusiasts from all above chimed in: “Sending our enjoy to just about every of y’all. Hoping for the most effective,” mentioned Jason Isbell “Hang on, John. The planet desires you,” explained Todd Snider “We enjoy you so substantially John,” stated Margo Price tag “goddamit if we shed john prine i swear to f - - king GOD,” tweeted Patton Oswald “Sending blessings and every form of fantastic mojo we can conjure. We all like John Prine,” mentioned the Push-By Truckers and Mark Hamill, who claimed, “Get Properly Quickly John!”

My Morning Jacket’s Jim James posted a moving cover of “All the Best” on Instagram, declaring, “I just wished to send out down some appreciate to our brother, John Prine. We are so grateful for all the unbelievable tunes you’ve specified us and all the enjoyable we have had listening to audio. I truly feel so blessed to have been capable to play some songs with you.”