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April Wine Founder, Songwriter Myles Goodwyn Has Passed Away at Age 75

Updated: Dec 4, 2023


Halifax, Singer, Songwriter guitarist and Founder of Canada' s April Wine Myles Goodwyn has died at the age of 75.


The 75-year-old's death was confirmed by his publicist, Eric Alper.


The cause of death is unclear.


Post by Eric Alper

"April Wine’s Legendary Singer-Songwriter MYLES GOODWYN Passes Away At Age 75


Myles Goodwyn, singer, guitarist, writer, producer and leader of the multi-Platinum selling rock band April Wine, who shaped and directed the group from its earliest beginnings, has died today at the age of 75 at Noon Atlantic Time. No further details on cause of death, location or funeral details will be disclosed at this time. The family asks for privacy.


April Wine has sold over 10 million recordings worldwide.


Myles Goodwyn’s voice is as distinctive and immediately recognizable as his song writing skills are prolific. Myles and the other members of April Wine were inducted into the Canadian Music Hall Of Fame in 2010.


Goodwyn received the prestigious East Coast Music Lifetime Achievement Award in 2008 and the SOCAN National Achievement Award in 2002. In 2016 he released his memoir named, Just Between You and Me, which became an instant best seller on the Globe and Mail`s Non-Fiction List. His second book, Elvis and Tiger (fiction) was published in 2018 and was also very well received.


The Myles Goodwyn and Friends Of The Blues recording released in 2018, it earned international acclaim and a JUNO nomination for Blues Recording of the Year in 2019. The recording won the ECMA award for Blues Recording of the Year in 2019. His follow up blues recording that year, Myles Goodwyn and Friends of the Blues 2, won the same blues category in 2020.

Myles left the group for live performances earlier this year, and continued to perform live with his acoustic trio which includes himself, Jim Henman and Bruce Dixon until recently. "


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"The legendary Myles Goodwyn of April Wine has passed at age 75. The Voice the voice behind classic song like “Sign of the Gypsy Queen”, “Just Between you and Me” and “Say Hello”. His songs were a large part of putting Halifax on the musical map."

Myles Francis Goodwyn (born Miles Francis Goodwin on June 23, 1948) Was a Canadian musician. He is the lead vocalist, guitarist, and principal songwriter of April Wine. Goodwyn helped form April Wine in 1969 with David Henman (guitar), Ritchie Henman (drums), and Jim Henman (bass). Goodwyn has led the group since its inception and modest garage band roots to multi-platinum sales and peak.[3][4] Goodwyn has appeared and performed on every April Wine release.


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Following the band's peak and commercial success during the 1970s and early '80s, Goodwyn disbanded April Wine and pursued a solo career. After a brief relocation to the Bahamas, Goodwyn returned to Canada and reformed April Wine in 1992. He continues to lead the band to the present day.


In 2002, Goodwyn was the recipient of the National Achievement Award at the annual SOCAN Awards held in Toronto.[5] In January 2003, he received an ECMA Lifetime Achievement Award for his impact on the music industry of Atlantic Canada.


In March 2008, Goodwyn stated in an interview that he had been in the studio recording his second album Myles Goodwyn & Friends of the Blues. It will be an all-blues album featuring guest performers such as Amos Garrett, David Wilcox, Frank Marino, Kenny "Blues Boss" Wayne and Rick Derringer.


In 2016, his autobiography, Just Between You and Me, was released. In 2018, his second album Myles Goodwyn and Friends of the Blues was released.


On December 20, 2022, it was announced via Goodwyn's website he will be retiring from touring with April Wine due to his diabetes and poor health. Goodwyn’s final live performance was on March 2, 2023, in Nova Scotia.


Goodwyn wrote international hits in 1970s and early '80s such as, "You Could Have Been a Lady" (1972), "Tonite Is a Wonderful Time to Fall in Love" (1975), "Roller" (1979), "I Like to Rock" (1980), "Sign of the Gypsy Queen" (1981), and "Just Between You and Me" (1981)


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