Myles Goodwyn, a musician from Nova Scotia, passed away on Sunday. He had been the lead singer for April Wine until earlier this year. His spokesperson, Eric Alper, confirmed the 75-year-old’s passing. It is not known what caused the death.
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… pic.twitter.com/5tjVO062OR
— Eric Alper 🎧 (@ThatEricAlper) December 3, 2023
With April Wine, Goodwyn—who was a Halifax resident—attained numerous milestones, such as eleven Juno nominations and global record sales of over 10 million. Earlier this year, April Wine became the latest Canadian to be honored into the Walk of Fame. The Canadian Songwriters Hall of Fame also inducted Goodwyn.
“This one’s for me, and songwriting is what I care for most of all…. I think, probably, I stayed in the business because of songwriting,” he said. “I’m not the greatest singer, the greatest guitar player. I’m not the greatest songwriter either, but I took great pride in being able to write songs that were popular.”
Goodwyn led April Wine for over fifty years, but their final performance was in Truro, Nova Scotia, on March 2. He stayed active with the band, contributing to record songwriting and band management. Goodwyn expressed his frustration with living in a suitcase and frequent airport stays in an interview he gave to CBC earlier this year.
This way of life is no longer beneficial to my health, Goodwyn stated, referring to her diabetes.
History of Medical Problems
He passed out while traveling to an airport in Quebec in 2008, which led to his hospitalization. Goodwyn experienced internal hemorrhage and was on the verge of death due to the effects of alcoholism.
Goodwyn stated that he came to terms with his desires after spending time in treatment. These desires included penning an autobiography titled Just Between You and Me, which came out in 2016, and releasing a blues CD titled Myles Goodwyn And Friends of the Blues.
I Ain’t Gonna Bath In the Kitchen Anymore was an autobiographical song on that album that included allusions to the singer’s upbringing, including the absence of running water in their home in Waverley, N.S., and the fact that she would hitchhike to church on Sundays.
Goodwyn spent his formative years in Nova Scotia, though he was born in New Brunswick. He also spent many years in Quebec. Earlier this year, Goodwyn stated to CBC that he was not yet prepared to retire. “I still don’t want to give all that up,” he said. “I can’t imagine the day when I don’t do these things.”
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