John Prine

John Prine ( born October 10, 1946 in Maywood, Illinois) is an American country music singer and songwriter.


Prine began his musical career in the late 1960s as a folk singer in Chicago. Through a friend, the songwriter Steve Goodman, he made ​​the acquaintance with Kris Kristofferson and Paul Anka who in 1971 signed a contract with the Atlantic label gave him. Prines early albums were not commercial successes, but it gained him recognition in the scene. Increasingly attacked established names country and folk singer back to his songs.

First time in 1975 a halfway successful album was released, Common Sense. Nevertheless lost John Prine some time later his record deal. Without further ado, he founded in 1981 together with his manager Al Bunetta his own label, Oh Boy Records. 1991 The Missing Years was recorded, his most successful album, which was more than 500,000 copies sold and Prine earned a Grammy. Many stars of the country music scene were involved in the production of this album. In 1995 he released the album Lost Dogs and Mixed Blessings, which was again nominated for a Grammy. The end of 1997 was diagnosed with John Prine adenocarcinoma in the right neck area. In January 1998, the tumor, and a part of the neck has been removed surgically. Then he had to still undergo a six week course of radiotherapy. In November 2013 John Prine announces that with him a non- small cell lung carcinoma was diagnosed. According to his doctors after surgical removal of the tumor should be possible to complete healing.

2003 John Prine received the Lifetime Achievement Award for Contribution to the songwriting of BBC Radio 2, and he was inducted into the Nashville Music Hall of Fame. For his 2005 released album Fair & Square 2006, he received the Grammy for Best Contemporary Folk Album The. He is a cousin of the actor Andrew Prine.


  • 2001: Daddy and Them - Girl, Interrupted in Arkansas


  • John Prine (1971 )
  • Diamonds in the Rough (1972 )
  • Sweet Revenge (1973 )
  • Common Sense (1975 )
  • Were Children of Coincidence (1976 )
  • Bruised Orange ( 1978)
  • Pink Cadillac (1979 )
  • Storm Windows (1980 )
  • Aimless Love (1984 )
  • German Afternoons (1986 )
  • Live (1988 )
  • The Missing Years ( 1991)
  • John Prine Christmas (1994 )
  • Live on Tour (1997)
  • In Spite of Ourselves (1999)
  • Souvenirs ( 2000)
  • Fair and Square (2005)
  • Standard Songs for Average People ( with Mac Wiseman, 2007)