John Edward Prine (October 10, 1946 – April 7, 2020) was an American singer-songwriter of country-folk music. He was active as a composer, recording artist, live performer, and occasional actor from the early 1970s until his death. He was known for an often humorous style of original music that has elements of protest and social commentary.
Born and raised in Maywood, Illinois, Prine learned to play the guitar at age 14. He attended classes at Chicago's Old Town School of Folk Music. After serving in West Germany with the U.S. Army, he returned to Chicago in the late 1960s, where he worked as a mailman, writing and singing songs first as a hobby and then as a club performer.
A member of Chicago's folk revival, Prine credited film critic Roger Ebert and singer-songwriter Kris Kristofferson with discovering him, resulting in Prine's eponymous debut album with Atlantic Records in 1971. The acclaim Prine earned from this LP led him to...
|Born||10 Oct. 1946, in Maywood|
|Died||7 Apr. 2020 (Aged: 73), in Nashville|
|Siblings||Billy PrineDave Prine|
|Role(s)||Electric GuitarLead Vocals|
|Label(s)||Oh Boy RecordsAtlanticAsylum RecordsRhino AtlanticTrain Wreck RecordsStaxOh BoyMermaid RecordsSutraEat to the Beat|