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John Prine’s final song was his first to reach #1 on the Billboard charts

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American country-folk singer John Prine’s final recorded song, I Remember Everything, has become the artist’s first Billboard No. 1. 

After its first-week sales, John Prine’s I Remember Everything debuted at No. 1 on the Rock Digital Song Sales chart.

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Photo: Mark Humphrey

Despite years of success and critical acclaim, John Prine’s last release is his first song to ever hit number one. 

In April of this year, fans were devastated to discover that Prine had passed away from COVID-19, at the age of 73. In response, there was a listening frenzy, and six of his most loved songs were sent into the Top 30 of the Hot Rock Songs chart and two albums, his self titled debut and 2018 release, The Tree of Forgiveness, onto the Billboard 200.

I Remember Everything was co-written by Prine and Pat McLaughlin and produced by Dave Cobb. Prine shared the beautiful love song on Thanksgiving in 2018, when he was celebrating the holidays with Cobb and some other friends. An unexpected recording session at Prine’s home in 2019 allowed for the track to be shared with the world. Cobb shared the story behind the stunning track. 

“I Remember Everything is part of a batch of new, unreleased music that Prine’s wife Fiona recently revealed he was working on before his death. More never-before-heard tracks will be released in the future, she says, noting, ‘John left me a lot — a lot of memories, music, cars.'”

Numerous artists paid tribute the beloved John Prine and his contribution to music and songwriting. To see this posthumous track reach number one, however, could just be the most special tribute of all. Listen to the track below:

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June 24, 2020