(CNN) — John Prine, singer-songwriter, her voice hoarse and melodies of his home, witty and insightful that influenced legions of musicians in a career that has spanned five decades, died Tuesday at Vanderbilt University Medical Center in Nashville. Was 73 years old.
His publicist told CNN: “Yes, we can confirm on behalf of the family Prine: John died today at Vanderbilt due to complications from covid-19”.
Prine was hospitalized and intubated last month after a “sudden onset” of symptoms of coronavirus, according to a statement from the family posted on its verified account of Twitter.
“This is a story difficult to share for us. But many of you have loved and supported John over the years, we wanted to inform them and give them the opportunity to send more of that love and support now. And know that we love you and John loves you,” read the statement.
Prine never had a single successful or an album of great success. But built devoted followers, won several Grammys, and overcame two bouts of cancer to record and tour to their 70 years.
Other musicians worshipped, and they played many of their songs, that extracting truths ironic and universal daily life. Johnny Cash, in his memoirs, was appointed to Prine as one of his four inspirations key to writing songs. Bob Dylan, in an interview in 2009, said: “What Prine is pure existentialism rather than shakespeare … and writes beautiful songs.”
Rolling Stone once called “the Mark Twain of the composition of songs american.”
“I wasn’t expecting to do this for a living, be an artist record,” said Prine to NPR in 2018.
Prine grew up in a suburb of Chicago and worked as a carrier postal when his musical career took off in 1970. I was singing in open mic nights at a bar in Chicago when Roger Ebert, then a young reporter for the Sun-Times, heard him play and wrote a critique favourable, calling him the “Postman singer”.
People began to queue up to listen to him play, and one of the first admirers of famous singer and composer Kris Kristofferson, helped him get a recording contract.
The debut album of Prine, in 1971, was a success among critics. Contains several exclusive tracks, including “Paradise”, about the city in the west of Kentucky, where they grew up, their parents, and “Hello in There”, an affectionate tribute to the seniors.
Prine released a dozen albums and toured constantly for the next two decades, until a health problem almost ended his life. In 1996 he was diagnosed with neck cancer in stage 3, which required that the surgeons removed a piece of neck. The operation will also cut the nerves in the tongue and changed the tone of his voice.
It took him over a year before he could perform again.
“At least they left me a voice for singing. I think that it improved my voice, if anything. I always had difficulties to listen to my singing before my surgery,” he told NPR. “It fell more down and feels more friendly to me.”
Over the years, the songs of Prine have been touched by a wide range of artists, from Bonnie Raitt and Bette Midler to John Fogerty, Zac Brown Band and My Morning Jacket.
In 2005, Prine became the first singer / songwriter act at the Library of Congress, one of several honors literary for a composer whose best songs combined poetry with narratives of backyard.
The cancer reappeared in 2013, when he had a successful surgery to remove a spot on her left lung.
In January, the Grammy awards honored Prine with a prize of his long career, with Raitt singing his “Angel From Montgomery”, a atypical time retro in the midst of the proceedings pop in the time of Lizzo, Ariana Grande, and Lil Nas X. Some in the young audience of the Staples Center probably wondered who he was.