Rock legend Myles Goodwin dies at age 75

By Jen Krausz on
 December 5, 2023

Myles Goodwin, whose band April Wine sold 10 million albums worldwide, died Monday at age 75, according to a spokesperson. 

The spokesperson said that no further details on Goodwin's cause of death, location or funeral details would be released.

Goodwin first came on the music scene in 1969 in Nova Scotia, and April Wine was later based in Montreal.

A 1972 single, "You Could Have Been a Lady,” hit top two in Canada and was in the U.S, top 40.

A record of success

While the band stayed on the hit list in Canada as it released around one album a year, it was 1978 before it re-entered the U.S. Top 40 with "Roller."

April Wine's 1981 album The Nature of the Beast which contained the single “Just Between You and Me” was its greatest commercial success.

Another single from that album, “Sign of the Gypsy Queen,” is still popular on classic rock radio stations.

The band put out a total of 16 albums during Goodwin's career, with the last one being in 2006.

Awards and accomplishments

in 2002, Goodwin received the SOCAN National Achievement Award.

In 2008, Goodwin was honored with the East Coast Music Lifetime Achievement Award.

In 2010, the band was inducted into the Canadian Music Hall of Fame.

After decades of making music, Goodwin made a transition into writing books.

He published a memoir, Just Between You and Me, in 2016. After this book was published, he wrote a novel, Elvis and Tiger in 2018.

He put out Myles Goodwyn and Friends of the Blues in 2018, and the album won a JUNO nomination for Blues Recording of the Year in 2019. The recording also won the ECMA award for Blues Recording of the Year in 2019.

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