Musicians and entertainment figures are remembering John Prine, who died yesterday from complications of coronavirus.
Bernie Taupin wrote that he ”was crying at the moon tonight. The William Faulkner of songwriters.”
Bruce Springstreen considered his colleague to be “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, who recorded Angel from Montgomery in the 1970s, tweeted, “Words can’t even come close. I’m crushed by the loss of my dear friend, John. ”
Bette Midler, who covered Hello in There, wrote simply, “He’s gone” and that she couldn’t believe it.
Others paying homage or expressing shock and sorrow on social media included singers Rosanne Cash, Kacey Musgraves, Sara Bareilles, Chris Isaak, Toby Keith, John Fogerty, and Sheryl Crow; novelist Stephen King; comic Marc Maron; and filmmaker Michael Moore.
The singer survived cancer twice. He was 73, and received a Grammy Lifetime Achievement Award earlier this year.