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John Prine

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John Prine (born October 10, 1946 in Maywood, Illinois) is an / who has achieved widespread critical (and some commercial) success since the early 1970s.

The son of William Prine and Verna Hamm, his grandfather had played guitar with Merle Travis and he started playing guitar himself at 14 years old. He was a postman for 5 years and spent a couple of years in the army before starting his musical career in the Chicago area. He emerged in 1971 with a highly acclaimed debut album titled John Prine. He and friend Steve Goodman (another folk ) had been minor stars in the Chicago folk scene before being “discovered” by Kris Kristofferson. The album John Prine included his signature songs “Illegal Smile”, “Sam Stone”, and the environmentalist newgrass standard “Paradise”. The album also included “Hello In There”, a song about aging that was later covered by Joan Baez, Bette Midler, and Eddi Reader, and “Angel From Montgomery”, a song now also associated with Bonnie Raitt, who occasionally brings Prine on-stage with her for live performances of the song. The album received many positive reviews, and some hailed Prine as “the next Dylan”. Bob Dylan himself appeared unannounced at one of Prine’s first New York City club appearances, anonymously backing him on harmonica.

Later albums include Sweet Revenge (1973, containing such Prine fan favorites as “Dear Abby”, “Grandpa was a Carpenter”, and “Christmas In Prison”), and Common Sense (1975, with “Come Back to Us Barbara Lewis Hare Krishna Beauregard”).

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  • IamFlood

    im pretty fond of the mustache years myself.

    yesterday evening Reply
  • SSBN623

    we was chargin' five bucks a ticket . . . they all wanted 10 bucks back for obnoxious aural disrepair

    25 Apr 4:24pm Reply
  • SSBN623

    back in the day , i would disappear iris , john , and i would pack a van cook , clean , sing , an cuss

    10 Apr 8:46pm Reply
  • SSBN623

    john, jim i remember sam that don't make shit to why you would go off half-cocked at the young age of 60 i don't know if we have to trade shadows again hope well to you JMS

    10 Apr 8:33pm Reply
  • SSBN623

    so i said i gotta idea , , you are gonna sing the female part . . . that no good summa bitch chased me around the van . . john i said do wanna listen to me recite the fuckin' bible while i hit you in the head with this here tire iron. thanx JMS . . . iris how many microwaves can we pawn off . . . iris put that tire iron down please . . john save ME!@#@

    10 Apr 8:26pm Reply
  • SSBN623

    iris , jim here if john ain't dead kill him

    10 Apr 8:12pm Reply
  • doctorjmo

    your flag decal won't get u into heaven anymore!!!

    10 Apr 3:26pm Reply
  • SSBN623

    ain't it funny you finally learn about life . . . after its over . . . youth is wasted on the young !

    3 Feb 10:40pm Reply
  • SSBN623

    john, jim wesagotta be unfriendly ghosts

    27 Jan 2:09am Reply
  • belphegoria

    Underrated and lovely artist. Admirable human being.

    11 Nov 2014 Reply
  • radio_face

    From the heartland not a COAST in sight.

    7 Aug 2014 Reply
  • suntzutang

    untouchable

    5 Aug 2014 Reply
  • d1lll1nger

    Great!

    14 Mar 2014 Reply
  • caver8

    Heard him for the first time 40 years ago in '74.....saw him at the Bayou (in DC down in Foggy Bottom) In '78.... what a great show. Felt like he just happened by a group of his closest friends and decided to play for a while....as if we all belonged there. Never felt that before.....or since. Oh, and Steve Goodman also showed up.....just happened to be in town so he played too. No wonder all the real music people love this guy. I still remember that Illegal Smile I was wearing when I heard him sing it in '74.

    4 Jan 2014 Reply
  • HerbertBStain

    Been a prine fan since I was a kid. Thanks to my father. Love em more than anything.

    2 Jun 2013 Reply
  • songfactslastfm

    "I've always admired John Prine, he was a great guy in the studio." - Chris Knight discusses collaborating with John Prine: http://www.songfacts.com/blog/interviews/chris_knight/

    8 Mar 2013 Reply
  • mr_music007

    i really been getting into his music

    27 Feb 2013 Reply
  • reagan0

    One of Dylan's favorite artists. I'll have to throw my hat in with Bob on this.

    21 Jul 2012 Reply
  • mynameisjoehann

    One of the best Folk artists ever

    20 Apr 2012 Reply
  • tuffentiny

    <3

    30 Mar 2012 Reply
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