Yesterday, John Prine died at the age of 73 due to complications from the coronavirus. Today, Rolling Stone picked up Bruce Springsteen’s kind commemorative words regarding the late performer during his DJ set on SiriusXM’s E Street Radio.
Springsteen had nothing but kind things to say about John, claiming his music consisted of “towering compassion” and also unparalleled levels of precision and creativity, especially in relation to the details of ordinary people’s lives.
Additionally, Springsteen described him as a “writer of great humor,” stating that he was a “complete original.” Bruce went on to say he was infuriated to see him go so soon. Also, on his Twitter account, Springsteen shouted out to John once again.
You can check it out in the tweet below:
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 lovliest guy in the world. A true national treasure and a songwriter for the ages. We send our love and prayers to his family.
— Bruce Springsteen (@springsteen) April 8, 2020
Another musical legend to pay tribute to the late John Prine was perhaps the most iconic of them all, Bob Dylan, who claimed he had the “most beautiful songs.” You can check out the legendary performer’s comments in the Facebook post below:
Kind words from the great Bob Dylan: "Prine's stuff is pure Proustian existentialism. Midwestern mindtrips to the nth…
Prine and Springsteen have a long history together, including when they collaborated during Prine’s performance of “Paradise,” in 1988. Asbury Park Press was the first outlet to report on the late 1980s performance.
Additionally, Springsteen sang vocals on Prine’s 1991 record, The Missing Years. According to John’s Wikipedia page, he was born on the 10th of October, 1946, and died on Tuesday. He is most famous for his career as a folk-country singer.
He first kicked off his career in the early 1970s and was known for making humorous additions to some of his music, which often consisted of social activism and commentary. John first learned to play the guitar at the age of 14 and was raised in Maywood, Illinois.
Furthermore, he received musical education at the Old Town School of Folk Music in Chicago, before moving on to serve in the United States Army, where he was deployed in West Germany. In the late 1960s, he worked as a mailman and wrote and sang songs as a hobby.
This marks another death in the entertainment industry amid the coronavirus pandemic.