“John Prine leaves behind him an incomparable legacy of music and was loved by family and millions of fans who hope that in Heaven, there is Paradise waitin’ just as he was desired,” the comments of the Governor of J. B. Pritzker in a press release.
Prine is the first Illinoisan to receive the honorary title, which commemorates its famous and his writing and musical contributions.
“John had a great respect for Writers of all kinds. He regarded the Poets as being among those in which the work of the weight, relevance, and the elevation of the craft,” explains Fiona Whelan Prine, the famous singer and author-composer of the widow. “It is such an honor for me, our son, and the whole Prine family to recognize that our well-beloved John will be named Honorary Poet Laureate of the State of Illinois. Thank You, Gov. Pritzker, for this beautiful recognition.”
The previous accolade closely follows the release of Prine’s latest single, ” I Remember Everything,” which opened at no. 1 on the Rock Digital Song Sales tally dated June 27, for its first leader on a billboard chart.
Prine died on the 7th of April, due to complications with the coronavirus. He was 73.
His life and career has been celebrated with two hours of June 11 Picture Show: A Tribute In Celebration Of John Prinewhich has been posted on several social platforms, such as the musician of Facebook, YouTube and Twitch channels. During the service, viewers have been encouraged to make a donation to the National Alliance on Mental Illness, Living in Palliative care and Make the Road New York.
“I Remember Everything” was written with his long-time collaborator Pat McLaughlin, and recorded in Prine of the living room.