John Prine is a Vet, songwriter, and Great American.
John Prine has been a prolific songwriter and performer since 1970. He was born on October 10, 1946 in MaywoodIllinois. His parents were William Prine and Verna Hamm. He was taught to play the guitar by his brother, David. This endeavor began at 14. John Prine served in the Army and was a postman for five years. He was still delivering the mail in Maywood, Illinois when he began to sing at open-mic evenings at the Fith Peg. Prine was a spectator but responded to a dare from another performer- “You think you can do better?”
Prine was diagnosed with squamous cell cancer on the right side of his neck in early 1998. The diseased tissue was removed and he was left with a substantial loss of tissue. Six weeks of radiation therapy ensued. The surgery may have added a more "gravelly sound" to his voice. He was given the Lifetime Achievement Award for songwriting by BBC Radio 2 in 2003. That same year he was inducted into the Nashville Songwriters Hall of Fame.
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)..."
Roger Waters of Pink Floyd fame says of Prine, “ he lives on that plane with Neil Young and Lennon.”
I could go on with endorsements for John Prine.
John Prine writes of Abigail Van Buren (Dear Abbey).
He writes of "Sam Stone," the Purple Heart soldier junkie daddy, and his death by overdose. "The most familiar refrain in the song is "There's a hole in daddy's arm, where all the money goes".
The song can be interpreted as a reference to the phenomenon of heroin addiction among Vietnam war veterans.
John Prine covers a broad spectrum including, Donald and Lydia," where people make love from ten miles away.
"You Never Even Called Me By My Name" is one of my favorite songs. I thought it was written exclusively by a great song writer who died of leukemia in 1984, Steve Goodman. It was written by Steve Goodman and John Prine. It’s a spoof of standard Country and western lyrics. It was very successfully done by David Allen Coe on his Once Upon a Rhyme album in 1974. Prine refused to take credit and the tune was credited solely to Goodman. Goodman showed his appreciation to Prine by buying him a jukebox as a gift from his publishing royalties.
Coe credited Steve Goodman for the song as Goodman added the last verse that made the song, indeed, the perfect Country & Western song. It now contained “mama, trains, trucks, prison and getting drunk”.
Another song that John Prine did so well by Steve Goodman was Souvenirs.
Steve Goodman was an outstanding songwriter and in good company.
Steve Goodman-The Perfect Country & Western Song
Some Other Albums By John Prine
Diamonds In The Rough
Lost Dogs and Mixed Blessings
In Spite of Ourselves
Fair & Square
Best of John Prine
"Some" of John Prine's Epic Songs
“Dear Abbey” “Hello In There”. I was a “Bad Boy”.
I might be “The Oldest Baby In The World”.
I’ve got “The Late John Garfield Blues”. Me and “Sam Stone” were the victim of “The Great Compromise”. We were “Down By The Side Of The Road” in our “Automobile” with an “Illegal Smile”. We were “Living In The Future” traveling at the “Speed Of The Sound Of Loneliness” on a “New Train". “Please Don’t Bury Me” at “Christmas In Prison”.
“He Was In Heaven Before He Died”.
It was a “Spanish Pipedream” in “Paradise”. We were “Killing The Blues” with “Donald And Lydia” under a “Blue Umbrella” without “Storm Windows” near "Lake Marie".
.When the "Day Is Done" we "Ain't Hurtin' Nobody"
An “Angel From Montgomery” said “That’s The Way That The World Goes ‘Round”. “It’s Happening To You”. "Same Thing Happened to Me". "I Hate It When That Happens to Me".
“All The Best” “Unwed Fathers” have “Common Sense” with “Aimless Love” while committing “The Sins Of Memphisto”.
“Come Back To Us Barbara Lewis Hare Krishna Beauregard”. “It’s A Big Old Goofy World”. “Fish And Whistle” with a “Bruised Orange”.
There are always “People Puttin’ People Down”. "We Are the Lonely".
It might be “Sweet Revenge” to go "All the Way With You" while “Linda Goes To Mars” for “One Red Rose” and “Sabu Visits The Twin Cities Alone”. This "Big Fat Love", "This Love Is Real”.
"Leave the Lights On", "Humidity Built the Snowman". So "Quit Hollerin' at Me",
"He Forgot That It Was Sunday". It was a "Long Monday". He was "Crazy as a Loon". "Some Humans Ain't Human", "Taking a Walk" on the "Other Side of Town" in "My Darlin' Hometown" while "The Moon Is Down".
He left his “Saddle In The Rain” so she put him on a "Morning Train". "She Is My Everything". It’s "The Glory of True Love"
“Yes I Guess They Oughta Name A Drink After You”
John Prine- Fair & Square
I guess Fair & Square has to be my favorite. You absolutely have to have all of his work but this is my favorite.
"The Glory of True love" will get your feet moving. "Morning Train" will smooth you out. The whole album will rock you!
John Prine-Sample His Great Music!
- John Prine on MySpace Music - Free Streaming MP3s, Pictures & Music Downloads
MySpace Music profile for John Prine. Download John Prine Folk / Acoustic / Folk Rock music singles, watch music videos, listen to free streaming mp3s, & read John Prine's blog.
In Spite of Ourselves
Please Don't Bury Me
It's A Big old Goofy World
Johnny Cash- Sam Stone
Speed of the Sound of Loneliness
David Allen Coe-You Never Even Called Me By My Name
John Prine- Ain't Hurtin' Nobody
Let's Talk Dirty In Hawaiian
- Tina Turner
On November 26, 1939 Anna Mae Bullock was born in a small spot called Nutbush, Tennessee. Her mother was Zelma (Currie) Bullock, a factory worker. Her father was Floyd Richard Bullock, a Baptist deacon, farm...
Al Green A Soul Man
- Al Green-A Soul Man
Al Green was inducted into the Rock and Roll hall of Fame in 1995. In doing so they referred to him as One of the most gifted purveyors of soul music. In 2005 the Rolling Stone magazine named him...
When a Cyclists Chamois Freezes
- When a Cyclists Chamois Freezes
When I was green and very young I would just stick out my tongue. Id dare the world, come get me. I can do that! Come on and bet me! I could take a licking and keep on ticking. ...
Mickys First Rap Song
- Micky's First Rap Song
You know I like the Rhymes. Its a sign of all the times. When the rappers take the stages It goes back through all the ages Rappings cause for celebration Its not Just My...
Charleston SC Micks Pics
- Charleston, SC-Mick's Pics
Out in the distance is the Ravenel Bridge connecting Charleston with Mount Pleasant. The "bridge" is host to "Wonders Way" which is named after Garrett Wonders. He was struck and killed while riding a...
The Soldiers Fate
- The Soldier's Fate
The famous leaders will pontificate. The powers that be will orchestrate. There are those who will only delegate. Orders are given by the Heads of State. Bloodshed is what they ultimately...
Micky Dee His Bike Don Quixote and Points of Light
- Micky Dee, His Bike, Don Quixote, and Points of Light
Even though youve painted it I can tell that ride. I heard from a cyclist as he pulled alongside. Youre still riding that same old frame. Thats the frame you built that has no...
When Love Leaves
- When Love Leaves
Gone are the days when I held her hand and she held mine. Gone are the laughter and smiles we left behind. No more tugging on my scruffy beard. No more telling me, Dad youre weird. I wish...
More by this Author
We can lose focus during these cold months. For cyclists, this is the bottom of the seasons. We get snowed in physically, but mentally too. We have to walk/hike, run, bowl - something to feel physical exertion. ...
Joan Chandos Baez was born January 9, 1941 in Staten Island, New York. She has forever been an American folk singer, songwriter and activist. Baez has a distinctive, strong voice and indeed a strong vibrato. Many of...
The story that I'm emphasizing here is of the Surrender of Camp Carroll. The "surrender" takes place in 1972. Camp Carroll was a United States Marine Corps artillery base during the Vietnam War. It was...