October 10: John Prine was born in 1946 Happy Birthday


“Jesus was a good guy, he didn’t need this shit.”
― John Prine

“And you may see me tonight with an illegal smile. It don’t cost very much, but it lasts a long while. Won’t you please tell the man I didn’t kill anyone.
No, I’m just tryin’ to have me some fun.”
― John Prine

From Wikipedia:

Born October 10, 1946 (age 69)
Origin Maywood, Illinois,
United States
Genres Country
Progressive bluegrass
Occupations Singer-songwriter
Instruments Vocals
Years active 1971–present
Labels Atlantic, Asylum, Oh Boy, Rhino
Associated acts Steve Goodman
Website www.johnprine.net

John Prine (born October 10, 1946, in Maywood, Illinois) is an American country/folk singer-songwriter. He has been active as a recording artist and live performer since the early 1970s.

Sabu Visits The Twin Towns Alone (1978) w/intro:

In 2003, he was given a Lifetime Achievement Award for songwriting by the UK’s BBC Radio 2 and that same year was inducted into the Nashville Songwriters Hall of Fame. The following year saw his song “Sam Stone” covered by Laura Cantrell for the Future Soundtrack for America compilation.

Prine has taken his place as one of the most influential songwriters of his generation. In 2009, Bob Dylan told the Huffington Post that Prine was one of his favourite writers, stating “Prine’s stuff is pure Proustian existentialism. Midwestern mindtrips to the nth degree. And he writes beautiful songs. I remember when Kris Kristofferson first brought him on the scene. All that stuff about “Sam Stone,” the soldier junkie daddy, and “Donald and Lydia,” where people make love from ten miles away. Nobody but Prine could write like that.”

John Prine Dylan Springsteen
John Prine with Bob Dylan and Bruce Springsteen and ?

 In Johnny Cash’s autobiography Cash, he admitted “I don’t listen to music much at the farm, unless I’m going into songwriting mode and looking for inspiration. Then I’ll put on something by the writers I’ve admired and used for years (Rodney Crowell, John Prine, Guy Clark, and the late Steve Goodman are my Big Four)…”

When asked by Word Magazine in 2008 if he heard Pink Floyd’s influence in newer British bands like Radiohead, Roger Waters replied “I don’t really listen to Radiohead. I listened to the albums and they just didn’t move me in the way, say, John Prine does. His is just extra-ordinarily eloquent music—and he lives on that plane with Neil Young and Lennon.” 

Prine received the Artist of the Year award at the Americana Music Awards on September 9, 2005. The award was accepted in his name by awards host and long-time friend Billy Bob Thornton.

Speed Of The Sound Of Loneliness (2010):

“Have you ever noticed
When you’re feeling really good
There’s always a pigeon
That’ll come shit on your hood
Or you’re feeling your freedom
And the world’s off your back
Some cowboy from Texas
Starts his own war in Iraq.”
-John Prine

Album of the day – John Prine (1971):

From allmusic.com – William Ruhlmann:
A revelation upon its release, this album is now a collection of standards: “Illegal Smile,” “Hello in There,” “Sam Stone,” “Donald and Lydia,” and, of course, “Angel from Montgomery.” Prine’s music, a mixture of folk, rock, and country, is deceptively simple, like his pointed lyrics, and his easy vocal style adds a humorous edge that makes otherwise funny jokes downright hilarious.

– Egil & Hallgeir

9 thoughts on “October 10: John Prine was born in 1946 Happy Birthday”

  1. I had the chance to meet John Prine after his show in Vegas about ten years ago. We’re both from Chicago and he was so nice, normal, and easy to talk to. I told him my favorite writers were he and Bob Dylan, and he said that’s a nice compliment. I said, “Yeah, for Dylan.” He laughed and I had a story to tell forever. Happy Birthday, John Prine, and thank you for this terrific website.

  2. just found this page and it’s great. wanted to help you out with a name for the pic of springsteen, john prine and dylan. the woman in question is karen darvin who was bruce’s girlfriend at the time.

  3. you’re very welcome!
    i feel very lucky to have seen him,the advantage of him not being a household name is that he plays much smaller venues that sound lovely!He’s such a down to earth guy,he talks to the audience as if they’re his friends, i have lost count of how many live concerts i’ve seen over the years,but john prine was possibly the best!! that’s really a statement,considering how many incredible shows i’ve seen,it’s a shame he doesn’t visit the uk/europe too often.
    ps does the gibson j200 at the top of every page belong to you?i have one myself☺☺

      1. just had a listen to her and she really is great! world class cover of bruce’s tougher than the rest!☺☺

  4. Thank you hallgeir for posting this, music is my religion and i worship this man,there’s only one other artist that moves me more than john prine,that is bob dylan,bob is the reason i found this fantastic website,but to find mr prine here also,even bob recognises the greatness of john,he can tell a story better than most anybody,it seems so effortless,listening to him makes me laugh and cry,i seen him live not too long ago,he was fantastic!
    happy birthday john! i feel blessed to have found your music,
    i am so glad that i discovered johanna’s visions,keep up the excellent work.

    1. Thank you!

      I have never seen Mr. Prine live (you ar e a lucky man, Tom), but have played his albums a lot, he is a great artist.

      – Hallgeir

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