John Prime was an American country folk singer-songwriter who was hugely admired and respected by renowned musicians worldwide. Known for his story telling ability and lyrics chronicling the human condition, Bob Dylan, Roger Waters and Elvis Costello were amongst his greatest fans.
Born and raised in Maywood, Illinois, Prine learned to play the guitar as a young teenager and was relative unknown in 1970 when Kris Kristofferson heard him play one night at a Chicago club called the Earl of Old Town. This kick-started his career and in 1971 Prine released his eponymous debut album with Atlantic Records.
Widely cited as one of the most influential songwriters of his generation John Prine's career spanned over five decades during which he won three Grammy awards, released eighteen studio albums and toured non-stop. Songs such as 'Paradise', oftenregarded as an envionmental anthem, became known across the world.
In 2020 he received the Grammy Lifetime Achievement Award but sadly died of coronavirus in April.