Canadian Rock Legend Myles Goodwyn Dies at 75

Myles Goodwyn

Myles Goodwyn, the former lead singer, guitarist, and songwriter of the iconic Canadian rock band April Wine, passed away on Sunday, December 3, 2023, at the age of 75. His death was confirmed by his publicist, Eric Alper, who did not disclose the cause of death.

Goodwyn was born in Woodstock, New Brunswick, on June 23, 1948, and grew up in Waverley, Nova Scotia. He formed April Wine in 1969 with David Henman, Ritchie Henman, and Jim Henman, and moved to Montreal, where the band achieved national and international success. April Wine sold more than 10 million albums worldwide and had several hit songs, such as “You Could Have Been a Lady”, “Just Between You and Me”, “Roller” and “Oowatanite”.

Goodwyn was the driving force behind the band, writing most songs and producing many albums. He also had a solo career, releasing two albums, Myles Goodwyn in 1988 and Myles Goodwyn and Friends of the Blues in 2018. He also collaborated with other artists, such as Lee Aaron, Rick Derringer, David Wilcox, and Amos Garrett.

Goodwyn received many accolades for his musical achievements, including the National Achievement Award at the SOCAN Awards in 2002, the ECMA Lifetime Achievement Award in 2003, and the induction into the Canadian Music Hall of Fame in 2010. He also wrote an autobiography, Just Between You and Me, which was published in 2016.

Myles Goodwyn

A farewell to touring

Goodwyn announced his retirement from touring with April Wine in December 2022, citing his diabetes and poor health as the reasons. He said he wanted to spend more time with his family and enjoy hobbies such as fishing and painting. He also said he would continue to work with the band as a producer and songwriter and support the new lead singer, Marc Parent.

His last live performance with April Wine was on March 2, 2023, in Nova Scotia, where he received a standing ovation from the fans. He said he was grateful for the support and love he received from the audience and his bandmates throughout his career.

A legacy of rock and blues

Goodwyn’s death has sparked an outpouring of tributes and condolences from his fellow musicians, friends, and fans. Many have praised his talent, passion, and influence on the Canadian music scene. Some of the messages are:

  • “Myles Goodwyn was a rock and roll legend, a Canadian icon, and a dear friend. He will be deeply missed by all who knew him and loved his music. Rest in peace, Myles.” – Bryan Adams, singer and songwriter.
  • “Myles Goodwyn was one of Canadian history’s greatest singers, guitarists, and songwriters. He was a mentor, a collaborator, and a friend. I am heartbroken by his passing. My thoughts and prayers are with his family and his band. Thank you, Myles, for the music and the memories.” – David Wilcox, singer and guitarist
  • “Myles Goodwyn was a true pioneer of Canadian rock and blues. He inspired generations of musicians with his songs, his voice, and his spirit. He was a generous, kind, and humble man. I feel honored to have worked with him and learned from him. He will always be in my heart and my ears.” – Amos Garrett, singer and guitarist

Goodwyn is survived by his wife, Sandra, his son, Aaron, his daughter, Chantal, and his grandchildren. A private funeral service will be held in Halifax, followed by a public memorial concert at a later date.

By Kane Wilson

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