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|Singer/Songwriter Johnny Prill
In 1983, America's Polka King Frankie Yankovic presented Prill with an autographed copy of his 1977 autobiography "The Polka
King: The Life Of Frankie Yankovic." Prill wrote a song based on the book titled “A Tribute To Frankie Yankovic - America's
Polka King” and honored Yankovic with his song at September's Club in Warren, Michigan.
In 1987, Prill recorded two original songs on a 45 RPM. Side A featured "Polka Radio" and side B "A Birthday Wish." That
same year, American pop music singer Bobby Vinton released a 45 RPM containing the same two songs. In 1991, Vinton
included "Polka Radio" on his "Greatest Polka Hits Of All Time" CD. Vinton also recorded Prill's "Proud to be an American"
in 1988 and included it on his self-titled Bobby Vinton (1988 album). Vinton credits Prill as being "one of the most creative
song writers of our time."
In 1991, Prill wrote "America, This Song's For You." The song featured vocals by top polka artists including America's Polka
King Frankie Yankovic, Li'l Wally, Eddie Blazonczyk, Jimmy Sturr and Bobby Vinton. Proceeds from the album were used
to promote polka music in America.
By 1993, Prill had written more than 100 songs. In that year he released "My Sweet Rose," which was an audio cassette
with ten songs.
In 2004, Prill received the National Songwriter's Award from the National Grandparents Day Council in honor of his
composition "A Song for Grandma and Grandpa. The song was chosen because "Grandparents Day gives grandchildren
across the nation the opportunity to show love and appreciation for their grandparents. Johnny Prill's A Song for Grandma
and Grandpa is exemplary of such appreciation." A Song for Grandma and Grandpa is the official song of the National
Also, in 2004, Prill released "The Polka Beat" CD with eleven polkas. In August, the "Las Vegas" polka received a 5-star
review in the Las Vegas Weekly. Martin Stein stated, "Truly the best polka song about our town ever recorded." In October,
the Las Vegas Mercury identified the same polka as "Standout."
In 2005, "The Polka Beat" CD was featured in the Detroit Free Press as their Detroit Disc of the week.
In 2006, Prill presented American singer and entertainer Wayne Newton with "The King of Las Vegas" song at the Flamingo
Las Vegas Casino and Resort in Paradise, Nevada. Prill's song was written and based on the book "Once Before I Go" the
1989 autobiography on Newton's life.
In 2010, Prill received an autographed photo from former President Jimmy Carter stating, “Best wishes to Johnny.”
In 2011, Prill's "Polish Prince" song was recorded by Grammy Award winner Jimmy Sturr and His Orchestra. Prill's song,
based on the 1978 autobiography "The Polish Prince - Bobby Vinton," was included on Sturr's Grammy-nominated "Not
Just Another Polka" CD.
In 2012, Prill wrote and recorded "I Saw America Today." Joel Feick, NBC 25 Today, invited Prill to be a guest on his
morning show and share his inspirational Veterans Day song with his viewing audience.
United States Senator Carl Levin, who was the chairman of the Armed Services Committee, wrote Prill stating: “Thank you
for sending me the song I Saw America Today you wrote honoring our nation's veterans. I found the lyrics interesting, and
I appreciate you keeping me in mind. I share your views about the importance of honoring those who served in our nation's
State Senator Mike Green, Michigan, told Prill: “Thank you for sharing your song, I Saw America Today. Your song reflects
the best of the American spirit and is an honor to those men and women who have made it the greatest nation in the world.
I found it inspiring and uplifting. Please know of my appreciation and best wishes for success in your future endeavors.”
In 2013, Prill's Christmas song "Santa's Little Dears," was performed by Mollie B (host of the “Mollie B Polka Party on RFD-
TV) and included in her Christmas Special. The show was recorded live at the RFD-TV Theater in Branson, MO.
In 2015, "A Song for Grandma and Grandpa," the official song for National Grandparents Day, has enjoyed wide acclaim in
the United States and all over the world with requests to use the song coming from countries such as Israel, Canada, Australia,
Ukraine and New Zealand.
In 2017, Prill's composition Grandkids (Angels at Play) was released to great reviews, triggering this message from Don Rickles:
"Had I known grandchildren were so much fun I'd have had them first...speaking firsthand, my grandsons are special and
obviously you feel the same about yours." Also, American country music singer Barbara Mandrell congratulated Prill on his
songwriting stating “How wonderful of you to use your talent to write “A Song for Grandma and Grandpa.” You are a sweet,
Johnny Prill is an award-winning, Grammy-nominated
songwriter and the author of "A Song for Grandma and
Grandpa," the official song of National Grandparents Day.
The song was chosen because "Grandparents Day
gives grandchildren across the nation the opportunity
to show love and appreciation for their grandparents.
Johnny Prill's A Song for Grandma and Grandpa is
exemplary of such appreciation."
The National Grandparents Day Council
Chula Vista, CA
"It is wonderful that "A Song for Grandma and Grandpa" was chosen as the official song of National Grandparents Day.
What a special tribute to your talent as a songwriter. You have put into words the unique relationship between
grandparents and their grandchildren." United States Senator Debbie Stabenow
Johnny Prill's songs have also been featured in numerous publications including Country Weekly,
The Las Vegas Weekly, The Detroit News, and The Detroit Free Press.
"Johnny Prill is one of the most creative songwriters of our time. His warmth and understanding blends itself into his lyrics
and music. It's a pleasure to know Johnny as a friend and an equal pleasure to record his songs." Bobby Vinton
Prill began his volunteer work at age 12 performing with his accordion at local nursing homes. In 2008, he received an award
from Courtney Manor Nursing Home for entertaining elderly residents over the past 22 years.
Prill and his band host an annual Christmas Eve show at Courtney Manor Nursing Home.
In 2008, Prill hosted his first free outdoor concert to celebrate Grandparents Day, which is celebrated each year on the
National Grandparents Day. American actress, comedian, and author, Betty White wished Prill good luck stating, "Johnny,
Have a wonderful concert - be sure and sing A Song for Grandma and Grandpa." Also, American actress and comedian
Phyllis Diller thanked Prill for honoring grandparents with music.
In 2010, American folk singer Pete Seeger congratulated Prill on volunteering his musical talents, once a month, for 24 years.
He also stated "Here's to Johnny Prill and his song for National Grandparents Day. May his song spread around the world
and be translated into many languages."
Also, in 2010, American country music singer Barbara Mandrell congratulated Prill on his volunteer work stating "Your
service through songs and volunteering is so remarkable!" "I join Johnny Prill in honoring all precious grandparents! How
wonderful to have him volunteer 24 years with his songs!"
In 2011, the Health Care Association of Michigan presented Prill with their "Volunteer Of The Year Award." The award
was given in recognition of Prill's 25 years of volunteering musical entertainment monthly for the residents of Courtney
Manor Nursing Home.
In 2013, the Johnny Prill Band celebrated 27 years of volunteering musical entertainment at Courtney Manor Nursing
Home. Each band member received a special recognition certificate from State Sen. Mike Green, which was also signed
by Gov. Rick Snyder, a special recognition certificate from U.S. Sen. Debbie Stabenow and a special recognition certificate
from U.S. Rep. Candice Miller.
Also, in 2013 United States Senator Debbie Stabenow wrote and congratulated Prill stating: "I’m pleased to recognize you
and your band on the occasion of the 6th annual National Grandparents Day concert at Courtney Manor Nursing Home.
It is exciting that your band has been volunteering by entertaining seniors for 27 years. Thank you for using your musical
talent to show appreciation for grandparents, veterans and the beauty of our state. Congratulations on your success as
a musician and songwriter."
In 2016, the Johnny Prill Band celebrated National Grandparents' Day by hosting its ninth annual free outdoor concert at
Courtney Manor Nursing Home. Additionally, the band celebrated 30 years of volunteer work at Courtney Manor.
||The Official Song of National Grandparents Day
A Song for Grandma and Grandpa
by Johnny Prill
Award-Winning, Grammy-Nominated Songwriter
|Johnny shares the inspiration behind "A Song for Grandma and Grandpa" along with the
lessons and values his grandparents passed on to him. Read Johnny’s story.