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Tue Apr 7, 2020, 10:16 PM

John Prine, Who Chronicled the Human Condition in Song, Dies at 73

Source: New York Times

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

Read more: https://www.google.com/amp/s/www.nytimes.com/2020/04/07/arts/music/john-prine-dead.amp.html



Two personal heroes have passed in two days: Al Kaline and John Prine.

2020 sucks!

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Reply John Prine, Who Chronicled the Human Condition in Song, Dies at 73 (Original post)
maddogesq Apr 7 OP
marble falls Apr 7 #1
gademocrat7 Apr 7 #2
Crabby Appleton Apr 7 #3
EarnestPutz Apr 7 #4
IcyPeas Apr 7 #5
turbinetree Apr 7 #6
treestar Apr 8 #33
turbinetree Apr 8 #35
Botany Apr 7 #7
maddogesq Apr 7 #10
Botany Apr 7 #12
ArizonaLib Apr 8 #25
turbinetree Apr 8 #36
olddad65 Apr 7 #8
Totally Tunsie Apr 7 #9
TexasBushwhacker Apr 7 #13
cilla4progress Apr 8 #22
SergeStorms Apr 8 #34
Kali Apr 7 #11
DinahMoeHum Apr 7 #14
Warpy Apr 8 #26
SergeStorms Apr 8 #15
cilla4progress Apr 8 #20
SergeStorms Apr 8 #32
cilla4progress Apr 8 #37
olddad65 Apr 8 #16
Dem2theMax Apr 8 #17
cannabis_flower Apr 8 #18
Traildogbob Apr 8 #21
cilla4progress Apr 8 #19
Hekate Apr 8 #23
Thunderbeast Apr 8 #24
ancianita Apr 8 #27
Squinch Apr 8 #28
GoneOffShore Apr 8 #29
GumboYaYa Apr 8 #39
MissMillie Apr 8 #30
SKKY Apr 8 #31
path97 Apr 8 #38
prairierose Apr 8 #40
abakan Apr 8 #41
Martin Eden Apr 8 #42
burrowowl Apr 9 #43

Response to maddogesq (Original post)

Tue Apr 7, 2020, 10:20 PM

1. Truly sad. I was hopeful he was pulling throgh. Really going to miss him.

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Response to maddogesq (Original post)

Tue Apr 7, 2020, 10:25 PM

2. R.I.P. John Prine.

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Response to maddogesq (Original post)

Tue Apr 7, 2020, 10:44 PM

3. RIP John Prine. Nt

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Response to maddogesq (Original post)

Tue Apr 7, 2020, 10:44 PM

4. Damn. What a loss. Not just a great song writer, but a really nice human being.

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Response to maddogesq (Original post)

Tue Apr 7, 2020, 10:46 PM

5. Oh no, thought he had pulled thru

Sad news.

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Response to maddogesq (Original post)

Tue Apr 7, 2020, 11:00 PM

6. He may have been country but his songs were in our soul................






Bonnie Raitt & John Prine "Angel From Montgomery" | ACL Presents: Americana 18th Annual Honors


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Response to turbinetree (Reply #6)

Wed Apr 8, 2020, 08:32 AM

33. Beautiful

I loved hearing the harmony from her.

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Response to treestar (Reply #33)

Wed Apr 8, 2020, 09:37 AM

35. This song made me cry, he was so down to earth and humble.................

He burst out of the Chicago folk music scene, where he played club shows while he worked by day as a mail carrier, in the early ‘70s. He received his first major break when Chicago Sun-Times film critic Roger Ebert walked out of a movie screening and stumbled upon Prine’s set at the local club the Fifth Peg.

“Somebody told him to go in the backroom and listen to this kid,” Prine recalled on NPR in 2018. “I was the kid. And he wrote a full page – ‘Singing Mailman Delivers the Message,’ I think that was the headline…and I never had an empty seat after that.”

His greatest stroke of good fortune came after Prine’s close friend and Chicago folk music contemporary Steve Goodman brought Kris Kristofferson, whose Quiet Knight shows Goodman was opening, to an impromptu late-night performance at another local club. Impressed, Kristofferson later called Prine on stage for three songs at a date at New York’s Bitter End. Atlantic Records’ Jerry Wexler offered Prine a contract the next day.

“It really was a Cinderella story, truly,” Prine told Billboard in 2017.

https://variety.com/2020/music/news/john-prine-dead-dies-singer-coronavirus-1234574129/

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Response to maddogesq (Original post)

Tue Apr 7, 2020, 11:04 PM

7. "And daddy won't you take me back to Muhlenberg County"

"And daddy won't you take me back to Muhlenberg County
Down by the green river where paradise lay?"
"Well, I'm sorry my son, but you're too late in asking
Mister Peabody's coal train has hauled it away"

skip

When I die let my ashes float down the Green River
Let my soul roll on up to the Rochester dam
I'll be halfway to Heaven with paradise waitin'
Just five miles away from wherever I am

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Response to Botany (Reply #7)

Tue Apr 7, 2020, 11:19 PM

10. " Well, they dug for their coal till the land was forsaken

Then they wrote it all down as the progress of man.”

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Response to maddogesq (Reply #10)

Tue Apr 7, 2020, 11:33 PM

12. Damn I just hurt

I had read that John had his medical problems of late but this just sucks. I hope that some
rural folk in KY and Appalachia wake up and realize that Trump is a death star.

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Response to Botany (Reply #7)

Wed Apr 8, 2020, 02:40 AM

25. I grew up thinking this was one of my most favorite John Denver songs

off his Rocky Mountain High (1972) album. This sucks! John Lennon died months after I fell in love with the Beatles and now I am stuck looking to collect John Prine's music knowing I will never get to see him live. RIP, Mr. Prine. May your loved ones and anyone who ever knew you and your heart through music, continue to be blessed for having known you.

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Response to Botany (Reply #7)

Wed Apr 8, 2020, 09:39 AM

36. I second that motion........................

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Response to maddogesq (Original post)

Tue Apr 7, 2020, 11:13 PM

8. So very sad. His songs will live on forever.

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Response to maddogesq (Original post)

Tue Apr 7, 2020, 11:17 PM

9. JP with Iris.



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Response to Totally Tunsie (Reply #9)

Tue Apr 7, 2020, 11:43 PM

13. On David Letterman's show in 1992 and 2010

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Response to TexasBushwhacker (Reply #13)

Wed Apr 8, 2020, 01:15 AM

22. Wonderful!

Did not know of his Grammy WIN!

And he was in a movie with Billy Bob Thornton?!

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Response to cilla4progress (Reply #22)

Wed Apr 8, 2020, 09:00 AM

34. Grammy WINS, plural.

https://www.rollingstone.com/music/music-country/john-prine-grammy-lifetime-achievement-929523/

Two-time Grammy winner John Prine has been named one of the recipients of the Recording Academy’s 2020 Lifetime Achievement Awards. The singer-songwriter, whose self-titled 1971 debut LP was enshrined in the Grammy Hall of Fame in 2015, scored three Grammy nominations last year for his album The Tree of Forgiveness.

Other 2020 Lifetime Achievement honorees are pop-rock group Chicago, singer Roberta Flack, late soul legend Isaac Hayes, punk pioneer Iggy Pop, hip-hop innovators Public Enemy, and Rock & Roll Hall of Fame member and gospel-rock icon Sister Rosetta Tharpe. A special award presentation and concert celebrating the honorees will take place April 18th at the Pasadena Civic Auditorium in Pasadena, California, with additional details announced in the coming weeks.

Unfortunately John won't be around to receive that award. I imagine his wife, Fiona, and maybe his sons, will accept the award for him, but since there won't be any award ceremonies this year because of the TRUMP VIRUS who knows?

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Response to maddogesq (Original post)

Tue Apr 7, 2020, 11:29 PM

11. ...

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Response to maddogesq (Original post)

Tue Apr 7, 2020, 11:46 PM

14. Rest In Power, John Prine.

"Your Flag Decal Won't Get You into Heaven Anymore" is one of my favorites:







#newrostrong

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Response to DinahMoeHum (Reply #14)

Wed Apr 8, 2020, 03:01 AM

26. That song embarrassed them away from flag decals

and got them wearing those silly flag pins instead, but it's still held up really well.

Calling out the false patriotism by lazy slobs was one thing he did best.

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Response to maddogesq (Original post)

Wed Apr 8, 2020, 12:24 AM

15. I've seen John in concert more than any other group or artist.

The first time I saw him was at a club called 'Red Creek' in Rochester, NY. It was a small venue, maybe 30 tables at the most, and we had the table right in from of the stage, not more than 10 feet away from him. Best show I've ever seen in my life. I'll never forget that night so many years ago. This is so sad. I cry for myself, not John, because he's in a far finer place, but I'll never get to hear anymore music from that wonderful man. It also reminds me of my own mortality, and that's happening much too often lately. John had a few health problems of late, but this one I blame on Donald Trump. As if I needed another reason to hate that mother-fucker!

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Response to SergeStorms (Reply #15)

Wed Apr 8, 2020, 01:12 AM

20. Great story

lucky you!!

About when was this?

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Response to cilla4progress (Reply #20)

Wed Apr 8, 2020, 08:31 AM

32. Oh, I'd say it had to be......

in the late 70s, early 80s, right around the time 'Bruised Orange' was released. The people I hung around with back then knew about John and his music, we bought his albums (yes, albums! ) but it was the first time we'd seen him live, and what a treat that was. Looking back it doesn't seem that long ago, but time slips away so quickly. I'm really 'gonna miss that guy!

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Response to SergeStorms (Reply #32)

Wed Apr 8, 2020, 10:39 AM

37. Sweet...

Thanks!

Rare example of someone off the beaten path receiving his due in life!!

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Response to maddogesq (Original post)

Wed Apr 8, 2020, 12:27 AM

16. listen to this one if you enjoy John Prine's humor

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Response to maddogesq (Original post)

Wed Apr 8, 2020, 12:34 AM

17. This isn't even close to how I feel.



RIP John. Bless you for everything you gave to us.

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Response to maddogesq (Original post)

Wed Apr 8, 2020, 12:45 AM

18. This very well might be the first John Prine song I ever heard

Even though I didn't know the name of the singer at the time

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Response to cannabis_flower (Reply #18)

Wed Apr 8, 2020, 01:14 AM

21. My heart is brokem

I play almost 20 Of his songs in my set list. All from my heart. I slightly change this one to, "Your (flagged Lapel) won't get you, into heaven anymore". Every GOP asshole wearing one makes me as a veteran sick in my gut. Rest in peace my friend. Thank you for the stories of all our lives. Sam Stone, Souveniers, Paradice, Please don't bury me, and now I'm old.....Hello in there.💔😞

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Response to maddogesq (Original post)

Wed Apr 8, 2020, 01:10 AM

19. His was a rare and quirky

talent. He also came back from adversity.

RIP

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Response to maddogesq (Original post)

Wed Apr 8, 2020, 01:19 AM

23. Rest in joy, John Prine

We are grateful you passed through.

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Response to maddogesq (Original post)

Wed Apr 8, 2020, 01:26 AM

24. His music has been the soundtrack of my story for 50 years.

You can gaze out your window
Get mad and get madder
Throw your hands in the air
Sayin' "What does it matter"
But it don't do no good to get angry
So help me I know.

For a heart stained in anger
Grows weak and grows bitter
You become your own prisoner
As you watch yourself sit there
Wrapped up in a trap
Of your very own chain of sorrows.

Bruised Orange
John Prine.

Sweet dreams Johnny.

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Response to maddogesq (Original post)

Wed Apr 8, 2020, 03:52 AM

27. A great spirit. He left it in his music, so we'll carry it with us.

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Response to maddogesq (Original post)

Wed Apr 8, 2020, 05:48 AM

28. So sad to hear this...

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Response to maddogesq (Original post)

Wed Apr 8, 2020, 07:25 AM

29. So he's getting that cocktail

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Response to GoneOffShore (Reply #29)

Wed Apr 8, 2020, 11:23 AM

39. I am thinking about a cigarette nine miles and smiling!

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Response to maddogesq (Original post)

Wed Apr 8, 2020, 07:51 AM

30. Have one of those cocktails for me, John

You gave us so much. You'll be missed.

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Response to maddogesq (Original post)

Wed Apr 8, 2020, 07:55 AM

31. We lost a real national treasure yesterday...

...COVID-19 can just go fuck itself.

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Response to maddogesq (Original post)

Wed Apr 8, 2020, 10:53 AM

38. When I get to Heaven....

Hope he's enjoying a big tall glass of vodka & ginger ale, and smoking a cigarette that's nine miles long.
RIP John

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Response to maddogesq (Original post)

Wed Apr 8, 2020, 12:48 PM

40. We will miss his heart and wisdom...

One of my favorite John Prine songs, along with Mulenburg County, has always been Dear Abby...

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Response to maddogesq (Original post)

Wed Apr 8, 2020, 01:34 PM

41. RIP John

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Response to maddogesq (Original post)

Wed Apr 8, 2020, 02:08 PM

42. Please don't bury me down in that cold, cold ground

John Prine was a cut-up when he wanted to be, and he certainly got passed around -- to the delight of millions.

RIP

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Response to maddogesq (Original post)

Thu Apr 9, 2020, 04:26 AM

43. RIP

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