John Prine received a very special posthumous honor. The popular legend of the late country was named the first honorary poet of Illinois, his state of origin.
“John Prine leaves behind an unrivaled musical legacy and has been loved by the family and by millions of fans who hope that Paradise will find Paradise waiting just as he wished,” comments Governor J.B. Pritzker in a statement.
Prine is the first Illinois to receive the honorary designation, which commemorates his and celebrates his writing and musical contributions.
“John had great respect for writers of all kinds. He considered poets among those whose work carried weight, relevance and high skills, “comments Fiona Whelan Prine, the singer-songwriter̵
The unprecedented recognition closely follows the release of Prine’s single finale, “I Remember Everything,” which opened at number 1 on the Rock 27 digital song sales count for June 27, for its first leader in a Billboard.
Prine died on April 7 due to complications with coronavirus. He was 73 years old.
Her life and career were celebrated with the two hour June 11th special Picture Show: A Tribute Celebrating John Prine, broadcast on multiple social platforms including the musician’s Facebook, YouTube and Twitch channels. During the service, viewers were encouraged to make donations to the National Alliance on Mental Illness, Alive Hospice and Make the Road New York.
“I Remember Everything” was written with longtime collaborator Pat McLaughlin and recorded in Prine’s living room.