|Bonnie Raitt, left, with John Prine at the 2020 Grammys' Lifetime|
Achievement Awards on January 26, 2020.
Photo courtesy of the Recording Academy.
A week after the world lost Adam Schlesinger, now comes the terrible news that COVID-19 has also taken John Prine. The two-time Grammy winner was 73. He died earlier today (April 7, 2020) at Vanderbilt University Medical Center.
Earlier this year the legendary artist was recognized with one of the Grammys' Lifetime Achievement awards. He was paid tribute by the great Bonnie Raitt, who performed an acoustic version of Prine's classic "Angel From Montgomery" in homage.
"My friend John Prine, who is sitting right over there, wrote 'Angel From Montgomery' and so many other songs that changed my life," Raitt rhapsodized following the performance, while Prine was given a standing ovation in the audience. "I love you, John."
I loved Prine's set when I last caught him at the Stagecoach Festival in Indio, CA in spring 2014.
Noted long-time Los Angeles Times music writer Robert Hilburn just tweeted out, speaking for many: "It's a heartbreaking night for all of us who've loved John Prine's music for all these years. RIP. He was 73. On the very top shelf of American songwriters."
The band Dawes also responded to his passing: "RIP John Prine. Thanks for being so much more than we could ever deserve."
|John Prine performing at the Stagecoach Festival.|
Songstress Whitney Rose also reacted: "Thank you, John. You raised the bar in every way. Rest in power knowing that you changed the world for the better."
Roger McGuinn wrote: "Peace John Prine. He was a major influence in my life and a fellow student at the Old Town School of Folk Music in Chicago. His storytelling ability was amazing!"
Tweeted Peter Holsapple: "We have lost a giant. Rest In Peace."
The official account for the Stagecoach Festival spoke for many this evening: "One of the best there ever was. Love you forever John."
John Fogerty acknowledged the tremendous loss: "Rest In Peace, John Prine. You're in paradise now."
Bruce Springsteen wrote: "Over here on E Street, we are crushed by the loss of John Prine. John and I were "New Dylans" together in the early 70s and he was never anything but the loveliest guy in the world. A true national treasure and a songwriter for the ages. We send our love and prayers to his family."
Bonnie Raitt tweeted following the loss of her good friend: "Words can't even come close. I'm crushed by the loss of my dear friend, John. My heart and love go out to Fiona and all the family. For all of us whose hearts are breaking, we will keep singing his songs and holding him near."