Country legend John Prine dead at 73

Waking up to the news this morning that John Prine, the Grammy award-winning US folk and country singer who could count among his fans Bob Dylan and Kris Kristofferson has died aged 73 due to complications from Covid-19.  Prine was hospitalised last month following the onset of Covid-19 symptoms, being placed in intensive care for 13 days. Prine’s wife and manager Fiona announced on March 17th that she had tested positive for the virus after they had returned from a European tour.

The US Recording Academy said in a statement: “We join the world in mourning the passing of revered country and folk singer/songwriter John Prine. Widely lauded as one of the most influential songwriters of his generation, John’s impact will continue to inspire musicians for years to come. We send our deepest condolences to his loved ones.”  Reaction from others in the world of Americana has been swift, including Bruce Springsteen who described him as “a true national treasure and a songwriter for the ages”

We will be publishing our obituary for John Prine shortly. In the meantime, here’s John doing an amazing NPR Tiny Desk Concert from 2 years ago.

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Author: Mark Whitfield

Mark Whitfield has been the Editor of Americana UK for the last 17 years and still feels like this is his pretend job, mainly because it is.

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