Canadian Rock Legend Myles Goodwyn, April Wine Frontman, Passes Away at 75

December 4, 2023

Singer/Songwriter Myles Goodwyn from the iconic rock band April Wine has died at the age of 75. Goodwyn's death was confirmed by Eric Alter, his publicist, who offered few details about the singer's passing.

Goodwyn, who played a pivotal role in shaping the classic rock scene, and was a renowned singer, songwriter, and guitarist, according to The New York Times.

Goodwyn's Career

April Wine, under Goodwyn's leadership, became a powerhouse in the music industry, leaving an enduring impact with over 10 million records sold worldwide.

Their anthems like "Just Between You and Me" and "Roller" cemented their status, leading to their induction into the Canadian Music Hall of Fame in 2010 and a coveted spot on the Canadian Walk of Fame in September.

Goodwyn's musical career kicked off in late 1969 with the founding of April Wine. He was born on June 23, 1948, in Woodstock, New Brunswick.

Quickly relocating to Montreal, the band's career took off thanks to Goodwyn and the Henman brothers—David, Ritchie, and cousin Jimmy. Their 1971 lead single "Fast Train" was their first smashing success.

Their 1981 album "The Nature of the Beast" propelled them to global stardom, featuring the top-charting single "Just Between You and Me."

Goodwyn branched out on his own after his success with April Wine, creating blues albums such as "Myles Goodwyn and Friends Of The Blues."

Among the many honours awarded upon him for his achievements to the music industry were the 2008 East Coast Music Lifetime Achievement Award and the 2002 SOCAN National Achievement Award.

Later Life

The 2016 publication of Goodwyn's memoir, "Just Between You and Me," gave fans a glimpse into his life and career and welcomed them into his world.

A piece of fiction exhibiting his many talents, "Elvis and Tiger" was published in 2018, continuing his creative adventure. However, Goodwyn persisted in playing despite his health problems, and his impact on blues music will be forever felt.

"Myles Goodwyn and Friends of the Blues 2" received another honor in 2018 when it was nominated for Blues Recording of the Year by the Juilliard National Orchestra.

Myles Goodwyn's family includes his wife Kim, two children from their marriage, and a third kid from a prior union.

Goodwyn will always be remembered as a trailblazing Canadian rock performer and an important figure in the history of music, as his impact is remembered by the music world for his incredible contributions.

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