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John Prine

An acclaimed singer/songwriter whose literate work flirted with everything from acoustic folk to rockabilly to straight-ahead country, John Prine was born October 10, 1946, in Maywood, IL. Raised by parents firmly rooted in their rural Kentucky background, at age 14 Prine began learning to play the guitar from his older brother while taking inspiration from his grandfather, who had played with Merle Travis. After a two-year tenure in the U.S. Army, Prine became a fixture on the Chicago folk music scene in the late '60s, befriending another young performer named Steve Goodman.

Prine's compositions caught the ear of Kris Kristofferson, who was instrumental in helping him win a recording contract. In 1971, he went to Memphis to record his eponymously titled debut album; though not a commercial success, songs like "Sam Stone," the harsh tale of a drug-addled Vietnam veteran, won critical approval. Neither 1972's Diamonds in the Rough nor 1973's Sweet Revenge fared any better on the charts, but Prine's work won great renown among his fellow performers; the Everly Brothers covered his song "Paradise," while both Bette Midler and Joan Baez offered renditions of "Hello in There."

For 1975's Common Sense, Prine turned to producer Steve Cropper, the highly influential house guitarist for the Stax label; while the album's sound shocked the folk community with its reliance on husky vocals and booming drums, it served notice that Prine was not an artist whose work could be pigeonholed, and was his only LP to reach the U.S. Top 100. Steve Goodman took over the reins for 1978's folky Bruised Orange, but on 1979's Pink Cadillac, Prine took another left turn and recorded an electric rockabilly workout produced at Sun Studios by the label's legendary founder, Sam Phillips, and his son Knox.

Following 1980's Storm Windows, Prine was dropped by Asylum Records, and he responded by forming his own label, Oh Boy Records, with the help of longtime manager Al Bunetta. The label's first release was 1984's Aimless Love, and under his own imprint Prine's music thrived, as 1986's country-flavored German Afternoons earned a Grammy nomination in the Contemporary Folk category. After 1988's John Prine Live, he released 1991's Grammy-winning The Missing Years; co-produced by Howie Epstein of Tom Petty's Heartbreakers, the album featured guest appearances from Bruce Springsteen, Bonnie Raitt, and Tom Petty and proved to be Prine's biggest commercial success to date, selling nearly 250,000 copies. After making his film debut in 1992's John Mellencamp-directed Falling from Grace, Prine returned in 1995 with Lost Dogs and Mixed Blessings, also produced by Epstein, which earned him another Grammy nomination.

In 1998, while Prine was working on an album of male/female country duets, he was diagnosed with squamous cell carcinoma, with the cancer forming on the right side of his neck. Prine underwent surgery and radiation treatment for the cancer, and in 1999 was well enough to complete the album, which was released as In Spite of Ourselves and featured contributions from Emmylou Harris, Lucinda Williams, Trisha Yearwood, Patty Loveless, Connie Smith, and more. In 2000, Prine re-recorded 15 of his best-known songs (partly to give his voice a workout following his treatment, but primarily so Oh Boy would own recordings of his earlier hits) for an album called Souvenirs, originally issued in Germany but later released in the United States. In 2005, he released Fair & Square, a collection of new songs, followed by a concert tour. Two years later, alongside singer and guitarist Mac Wiseman, Prine issued Standard Songs for Average People, a collection of the two musicians' interpretations of 14 folk and country classics. In Person & on Stage, a collection of performances from various concert tours, appeared in 2010. ~ Jason Ankeny, Rovi
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I heard the same radio show and John Prine about the same time. Some of my Life's favorite songs are from John.
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I first heard John Prine in about 1974 or '75 on Dr Demento's radio show out of Little Rock, Arkansas and I've loved him ever since. It's simple music and catchy; you have to sing along. I've seen many a show in my 56 years and John Prine is one I'd go to over and again! Favorite song? Tough question, but The Accident is right up there!
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I got to listen to and meet John Prine in a little bar south of Breckenridge Colorado in 1973. His music sounded like something an old poet / sage would come up with, coming from a young man! His music still has the same effect on me now as it did in 73.
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Been listening to JP for many years great songwriter from one mailman to one former mailman love the music .Keep Rocking!
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John is a genius of simplicity. I don't know how I'd missed him for so long but I am now grateful to have his music in my life. Utterly amazing music.
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boogiespeed
Just about the best there is....
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My favorite Love Song
John & Iris
In spite of ourselves
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John Prine where were you all of my life?
I'm 57 years old and just found you , Thanks to pandora! Long time Kristopherso n lover, but I'm loving you now! You are singing your sweet songs to me every night......y o u are the best!!!
Lee in MA
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John Prine can boil down concepts to simple beautiful lyrics. " it ain't such a long drop don't stammer don't stutter. From the diamonds on the sidewalk to the dirt in the gutter."
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Love love Bonnie and John together. My favorite song....
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jjjoly listing to Prine since 69 just one of the greastest of all times
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jonvanhouten
Oh Johnny,,,, won't you get me some popcorn ....
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Isaac, of the hundreds of times (no exaggeration , I assure you) I've heard the song, never fails to put that lump in the throat, who needs visine, when the tears happen! I admit Bette Midler's version kicks me as well! Prime Prine was played whenever there was a gathering at the house! Mailman in Maywood. Let's not forget Steve Goodman!!

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Been a fan since '73. He wrote and sings the saddest song I've ever heard: Hello in There
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Take care of that bucket item by checking out the Avett Brothers Sunday night July 12 at Redrock.
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This guy is a legend. I wish we had some artists like John Prine in Australia. He is on my bucket list to see before my time is up. Stay well John.
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Back before kids and real job I used to play guitar for money. If I needed a song to capture the crowd Joh Prine's Dear Abby or Grandpa was a Carpenter got the crowd going every time.They thought it was my stuff. If only that were true. No worries. I always gave John his due. Brian Lambdin Kalamazoo
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Fell in love with his music when I was just a kid. Still can't get enough.
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I have been fortunate enough to work with John and the is a Master songwriter, an all-around great guy.
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Dammit I love this song!!! That pedal steel just cuts me deep... John Prine is one of the greatest American songwriters, and a national treasure, and Emmylou on the duet harmony, man! What can I say?!
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Love John Prine. Always puts me in a great mood
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The best can't get better till the next
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Marry me, Please John Prine ��
I have never Loved more than I love listening and watching You ~
Hey~ The offer 's ALWAYS open ��
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The white meat is on the run,
and the dark meat is far too done,
and the milkman left me a note yesterday:
get out of this town by noon,
you're coming on way too soon,
and besides that,
we never liked you any way.

Always one of my favorites
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A true American icon.!
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Thank God for John Prine.
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deanadifatta
Music as we all will continue to appreciate.. . .
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Your Music is Great-Down to Earth-Thank You!listenin g for years
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fridell4
me and Dale use to drink to John ..he is a great down to earth man
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jewdie.jewdi e . e t c
lost dogs and broken promises is outstanding in my memory,
played the heck out of it
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Just a minor correction, Sam Stone dealt with a Korean War Vet, not Vietnam Vet.
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Love John Prine.
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John Prine is an American treasure. Prine's music is like life itself.....s i m p l e and complex at the same time.
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Billy The Bum is a fave of mine!
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May you live in our songs forever!!Joh n Prine. bruised orange.1978
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kb6cla
had the amazing pleasure of seeing John and Emmy Lou Harris this year at Red Rocks in Colorado, beautiful place to hear beautiful people.
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Will B.

His concerts at the Ryman are incredible. Should be on everyone's bucket list
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nn559 fix your disappointme n t s with new accomplishme n t s . . . c h i l d r e n are not allways direct reflections of their parents.
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jOH/N I.VE LOVED FOR 40 TEARS I,M TYRING TO DERINK MY6SELF TO DEATH IGOT 3 KIDS AND 2 OF THEM ARE DISSAPOINTS TO ME EVEN MORE THAN I AM A DISSAPOANTME N T THAN i AM TO MYSELF ITS LIKE EVERY WORD YOU PUT IN YOUR SONGS CAME RIGHT OF MIND THAMK YOU FOR SUSTAINING ME THIS LONG YOU ARE NINE YEARS OLDER THAN BUT i THINK WE,RE TWIN BROTHERS FROM DIFFERANT MOTHERS
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Always think he's got a little Texas in him, but he's from Chicago!!! Another among the best American story tellers, makes you cry, makes you laugh and everything in between.
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caseydbreede n
Years ago a friend handed me the Great Days double tape set and said, 'I think you'll like this guy.' I played those tapes constantly driving to school and back each day. Good music
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I just learned of this man in Wisconsin for my nephew my sis n hubs wanted me to dance to big ole goofy world with bro in law loved it now I listen to him a lot love to see him in person
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Still miss you snick !! 9/8/13
It's gonna be a long Monday..
Forever in our hearts ..
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Seen Prine a number of times the last 30 years. Saw Goodman once opening for Steve Martin at the state fair Syracuse 79. They were both funny as hell.
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Aah David Bromburg and John Prin El
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Yes, he was a mail carrier in Illinois.
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Is it true he was a mail delivery person at some point?
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Been listening to JP for what seems like a very long time
He is a super songwriter and fun to listen to.
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dwaz7
Yeah I too just recently 'found' this amazing Artist. Can't believe I overlooked him all theses 60 plus years.! Truly remarkable, clever, sensitive., insightful., , so many words needed to fully describe John.
Obviously his work says it all and more.!!!!
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