April Wine's Myles Goodwyn Dead At 75

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Myles Goodwyn, a founding member and the former lead singer of Canadian rock legends April Wine, passed away on Sunday (December 3). He was 75.

Goodwyn formed April Wine with brothers David and Ritchie Henman and their cousin Jim Henman in Halifax around 1969. The band released their self-title debut album in 1971, when Goodwyn became their main songwriter.

They would string together some radio hits throughout the '70s and '80s, including "Tonite Is a Wonderful Time to Fall in Love," "You Won't Dance With Me," "Oowatanite," "Roller" and "You Could Have Been a Lady." April Wine would disband in 1986, but reunite in 1992, continuing on to the present day.

To date, April Wine has sold more than 10 million albums worldwide and received 11 Juno nominations.

Goodwyn stepped down as frontman in December 2022 at the age of 74, citing difficulties due to health. "I've had a long career, happy, fulfilling," he said at the time. "I've seen much of the world and I'm grateful to continuing support of radio and our fans worldwide, but touring has been very difficult in recent years because of my diabetes and my health comes first, so unfortunately, my touring days are officially over."

In 2016, he published his memoir, Just Between You and Me, after his 1981 hit. He followed that up in 2018 with a solo album, Myles Goodwyn and Friends of the Blues.

Earlier this year, Goodwyn was inducted into the Canadian Songwriters Hall of Fame. In September, April Wine were also inducted into Canada's Walk of Fame, alongside Glass Tiger, Platinum Blonde and Chilliwack.

 

 

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