John Prine Birthday & Fun Facts

Height, Age, Net Worth, Biography & More

Akinwalere Olaleye
Feb 20, 2024 By Akinwalere Olaleye
Originally Published on Jun 23, 2022
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About John Prine

Country folk singer-songwriter John Prine was very popular in America.

Besides being a singer and a songwriter, John Prine was a composer, occasional actor, live performer, and recording artist. Prine was in the entertainment business from the early '70s until his death in 2020.

Born to his parents on October 10, 1946, in Maywood, Illinois, John Edward Prine is known for his style and humor in original music with a hint of social commentary and elements of protest. Prine was not only born but was also raised in Maywood, Illinois. He succumbed to multiple organ failure after testing positive for SARS-CoV-2.

John Prine's Net Worth, Earnings & Spending Habits

What was John Prine's net worth?

John Prine earned most of his income from his musical career. Prine was an American singer-songwriter and musician. Prine also did some occasional acting, resulting in a total net worth of $10 million before his death.

How much did John Prine earn per year?

John Prine worked in many different capacities in the entertainment and music industry. Since all the jobs Prine used to be part of were different, and the income was project-based and not income-based, it is challenging to calculate how much Prine earned per year.

Height, Age & Physical Attributes

How tall was John Prine?

John Prine was nearly 5 ft 8 in (172 cm) tall.

How old was John Prine?

Born on October 10, 1946, in Illinois, Prine succumbed to COVID-19 complications on April 7, 2020. John Prine was 73 years old when he died.

Childhood And Education

A tool-and-die maker and a homemaker named William Mason Prine and Verna Hamm, who were initially from Muhlenberg County, Kentucky, gave birth to John Prine on October 10, 1946. Prine was born and brought up in Maywood, Illinois, with his sibling, David Prine. Every summer, the entire Prine family used to visit their extended family in Paradise, Kentucky. David Prine taught John Prine to play the guitar when he was only 14.

Prine is a Proviso East High School graduate from Maywood. Before that, John Prine also attended classes at the Old Town School of Folk Music in the Chicago suburbs.

Family, Romance, And Relationships

Who was John Prine's partner?

John Prine was married to Fiona Whelan in 1996. The couple met when Fiona Whelan was his manager. They fell in love and moved to Nashville from Ireland in 1993. Fiona Whelan gave birth to Jack Prine and Tommy Prine. Prine adopted Whelan's son Jody after they got married to each other.

Prine was married before Fiona Whelan, not once but twice. In 1966, John Prine married Ann Carole, his high school sweetheart. Unfortunately, the marriage didn't last long and ended in the '70s. Later in 1984, bassist Rachel Peer and Prine got married and their union lasted until 1988. He had no kids from his previous marriages.

Career And Professional Highlights

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After returning to the USA from service in US Army during the Vietnam War in West Germany, Prine became a club performer and was mainly into folk music.

Prine was a member of the folk revival in Chicago. He once revealed that singer-songwriter Kris Kristofferson and film critic Roger Ebert get the credit for discovering him, which ultimately led him to Atlantic Records in 1971, and his eponymous debut album. After the success of this album, Prine signed three more albums with Atlantic.

John Prine is one of the co-founders of Oh Boy Records, and he released many subsequent albums with them as an independent record label.

John Prine was mainly into country-folk music and worked with famous singers and songwriters like Steve Goodman, Bonnie Koloc, Anne Hills, and many more legends. Prine provided some of the best country music in America from Illinois.

John Prine was considered by many as the next Bob Dylan as he received many positive reviews. Once, during Prine's New York City appearances, Bob Dylan himself showed up as a surprise to Prine and even anonymously backed him up on harmonica.

In 1999, Prine created the album, 'In Spite Of Ourselves', which was popular amongst listeners and his fans and was nominated for a Grammy for the Best Contemporary Folk Album. This album was pretty unusual for him because the album consisted of only one original song; the title song and the others were classic country song covers. The others were duets with some of the best female vocalists of the time like Emmylou Harris, Dolores Keane, Trisha Yearwood, Lucinda Williams, Patty Loveless, and Iris DeMent.

John Prine's albums with Atlantic were released between 1971-1975 and included 'Diamond In The Rough', 'Sweet Revenge' and 'Common Sense'. Later, for a brief period, Prine was part of Asylum between 1978-1980 for the albums named 'Bruised Orange', 'Pink Cadillac' and 'Storm Windows'.

Being the co-founder of Oh Boy, Prine contributed most of his albums to this record label between 1984-2018. He released the albums 'Aimless Love' (1984), 'German Afternoons' (1986), 'The Missing Years' (1991), and many more until 2018 including 'A John Prine Christmas', 'Lost Dogs And Mixed Blessings', and 'In Spite Of Ourselves'. 'In Spite Of Ourselves' became very popular and was a Grammy-nominated song.

Prine released 'Souvenirs' in 2000 and 'Fair & Square', the Grammy winner, in 2005. In 2007, John Prine released an album with Mac Wiseman named 'Standard Songs For Average People'. In 2016, Prine released 'For Better Or Worse' and 'The Tree Of Forgiveness' in 2018.

Prine made many appearances on albums as a guest singer or songwriter. In 1994, John Prine was part of the album 'Adios Amigo: A Tribute To Arthur Alexander' for the song 'Lonely Just Like Me'. Later, in 2004, 'Beautiful Dreamer: The Songs Of Stephen Foster' was released with a little help from Prine on the song 'My Old Kentucky Home'. Prine gave his musical magic to the song 'This Guitar Is For Sale' on the 2010 album 'Twistable, Turnable Man: A Musical Tribute To The Songs Of Shel Silverstein'.

Prine also had many hit singles as a guest. For instance, in 1992, he appeared on artist Buzzin' Cousins' single named 'Sweet Suzanne'. Later, Prine also sang for Maria Doyle Kennedy on the 2013 single 'Yes We Will'.

Charity Work

John Prine's family, in his honor, established a foundation named The Hello In There. The organization aims at identifying and collaborating with communities or personnel who could offer support to people suffering from any discrimination or who are marginalized. The Prine family hopes to inspire the world based on the simple lyrics of the legend's song 'Hello In There'.

What awards did John Prine win?

John Prine was nominated 13 times for Grammy Awards and won four times. Prine won the 1991 Grammy for 'The Missing Years', later repeating his history of winning. In 2005, Prine was acknowledged for 'Fair & Square', in the Best Contemporary Folk Album category.

John Prine was honored with a Lifetime Achievement Award in 2020 and later, in 2021, won two more Grammy's for 'I Remember Everything' in two categories. One was for Best American Roots Performance and the other was Best American Roots Song.

John Prine earned the Literary Excellence Award in the PEN New England Song Lyrics category in 2016.

Besides Grammy's, Prine was awarded by the Americana Music Honors & Awards six times, including the Lifetime Achievement Award For Songwriting in 2003. In 2005, 2017, and 2018, Prine earned the Artist Of The Year Award. He won two awards in 2019 for his song 'Summer's End' as the Song Of The Year and was awarded Album Of The Year for 'The Tree Of Forgiveness'.

Other Interesting John Prine Facts And Trivia

  • John Prine served the US Army in West Germany as a vehicle mechanic and returned to Chicago in the '60s. This was during the Vietnam War. There, he worked as a mailman before becoming a club performer.
  • Prine's song 'I Remember Everything' was released on his tribute show, 'A Tribute Celebrating John Prine', featuring Jason Isbell, Eric Church, and more.
  • In 2005, Prine was the first singer to read and perform at the Liberty of Congress.
  • Bonnie Raitt inducted Prine into the Songwriters Hall Of Fame in 2019.
  • The governor of Illinois, J.B. Pritzker, announced Prine as the honorary Poet Laureate of Illinois in June 2020.
  • Prine was referred to as 'the Mark Twain of songwriting'.
  • John Prine's name was also referred to in the autobiography of Johnny Cash, where he admired and got inspiration from songwriters like John Prine, Rodney Crowell, Guy Clark, and Goodman Steve.

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