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Watch: Stephen Colbert releases duet with John Prine

As musician John Prine fights COVID-19, Colbert released a video of the two singing ‘That’s the Way the World Goes Round’ together back in 2016

This June 15, 2019 file photo shows John Prine performing at the Bonnaroo Music and Arts Festival in Manchester, Tenn.
This June 15, 2019 file photo shows John Prine performing at the Bonnaroo Music and Arts Festival in Manchester, Tenn. The family of John Prine says the singer-songwriter is critically ill and has been placed on a ventilator while being treated for COVID-19-type symptoms. A message posted on Prine’s Twitter page Sunday, March 29, 2020 said the “Angel from Montgomery” singer has been hospitalized since Thursday and his condition worsened on Saturday. (Photo by Amy Harris/Invision/AP, File)
Amy Harris/Invision/AP

It’s been four years since John Prine appeared on “The Late Show with Stephen Colbert” and sang a duet with the host, Billboard reports.

At the beginning of the previously unaired duet, Colbert said: “We’ll probably do this for the internet. Unless, you know, something terrible happens and we have to cheer up the world on the TV show.”

Well, something terrible happened. Not only is the world facing the coronavirus pandemic, but folk legend Prine himself is battling the virus, according to the Atlanta Journal Constitution.

Upon learning Prine had been hospitalized and placed on a ventilator, Colbert decided to release the clip, which he called “one of the happiest moments I’ve had on my show.”

Prine’s wife, Fiona Prine, recently posted on Twitter that the singer was “stable,” but later clarified in a follow-up tweet that Prine was still receiving care and was not yet improving. Fiona Prine had also been diagnosed with COVID-19, but says she has recovered.

Colbert isn’t the only one to pay tribute to the folk hero. The Chicago Tribune published a piece detailing Prine’s unique history in the city — the Illinois musician performed in Chicago shortly after the Cubs won the world series in 2016. Prine has also had an influence on a wide range of musicians, including Pink Floyd and Bon Iver.