Episode 36. A Song for Grandma and Grandpa by Johnny Prill
A Grammy-nominated singer-songwriter in the folk-polka tradition, Johnny Prill has received numerous accolades for both his music and his volunteerism, which began when he was 12 years old performing with his accordion at local nursing homes.
Except for the impact of COVID-19, Johnny Prill and his family have performed monthly at the Cortney Manor Nursing Home since 1986. Each year they host an annual Christmas Eve show that features four generations of the Prill family and a special Grandparents Day Celebration for the community.
In addition to the Health Care Association of Michigan’s presentation of its “Volunteer of The Year Award,” he has received shout-outs from former Jeopardy Host, the late Alex Trebek; U.S. Olympian Misty May-Treanor; American actresses and comedians Betty White and the late Phyllis Diller; American folk singer the late Pete Seeger; country singers the late Charlie Daniels and Barbara Mandrell; and Irish singer Daniel O’Donnell.
Elected officials on the local, state, and federal levels also have honored Johnny Prill for his volunteer work to honor senior citizens and veterans.
In 1982, he wrote “A Song for Grandma and Grandpa” to honor his grandparents. It has become the official song for National Grandparents Day, which is celebrated in the United States the first Sunday after Labor Day.
I extend a heart-felt welcome to this incredible musician.
I had hoped to present my interview with Johnny Prill as a bonus episode on Grandparents Day along with announcing the winners of the Adventures with Grammy Essay Contest to celebrate both Gorgeous Grandma Day, which we celebrate every July 23, and National Grandparents Day, which will celebrate this year September 12. However, a bit of a snafu prevented the contest from happening this year. Watch for it in 2022.
Because Johnny Prill gave us permission to play “A Song for Grandma and Grandpa” on the podcast, I present it now to honor and celebrate grandparents near and far.
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