Recent Rock And Roll Hall Of Fame nominee John Prine and legendary comedian Bill Murray sat down recently to discuss comedy, music, and their early days in Chicago. With Murray growing up in the Chicago suburb of Evanston and Prine growing up in nearby Maywood, the two entertainers have a lot in common, as both of their careers blossomed in the 1970s in the Windy City.
The pair sat down for a special Up Close And Personal session with the Recording Academy’s Nashville Chapter, diving into a multitude of different topics. Murray discusses how his career evolved through Chicago’s premier comedy club, Second City, before landing a spot on Saturday Night Live in the mid-1970s. Notes Murray, “I was so bad back then, I just walked out of the door, and kept walking to the South Side. I was a cake eater from the North who had no business aimlessly walking down there”.
The pair then digs into seminal musicians such as Steve Goodman, Leo Kottke, Kris Kristofferson, and more, with Prine stating, “There’s no one I would’ve rather been playing my songs for than Kris (Kristofferson). Him and Steve Goodman were probably two of the most unselfish people I’ve ever met.” Along with Prine doing some singing and picking, the two also discuss comedians John Belushi, Harold Ramis, and more.
Watch John Prine and Bill Murray’s Up Close And Personal discussion below, as well as John Prine playing through his original, “Linda Goes To Mars”:
John Prince & Bill Murray – ‘Up Close And Personal’ Discussion (2018)
[Video: Recording Academy / GRAMMYs]
Earlier this week, John Prine was nominated for a potential induction into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame. The list of nominees also includes Def Leppard, Devo, Janet Jackson, Kraftwerk, LL Cool J, MC5, Radiohead, Rage Against The Machine, Roxy Music, Stevie Nicks, the Cure, Todd Rundgren, Rufus & Chaka Kahn, and the Zombies.
The final decision on which of the nominees will be inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame in 2019 will be decided by a body of 1,000 voting members worldwide, but fans can make their opinions heard by going to the Hall of Fame website and voting for the nominees they support. Fans can cast one vote per day from today, October 9th, through December 9th at 11:59 p.m. Eastern Time. You can also cast a vote in person at the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame in Cleveland, Ohio. The top five artists chosen in the fan vote will be counted as the “fans’ ballot,” which will be incorporated into the final voting tally.
For more information on the nominees, or to cast your vote for the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame’s 2019 induction class now at the Rock Hall’s website here.