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Myles Goodwyn, former lead singer of April Wine, dies at age 75

Myles Goodwyn, former lead singer of April Wine, dies at age 75

Nova Scotia musician Myles Goodwyn, who stepped down as lead singer of April Wine earlier this year, died Sunday.

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

The cause of death is unclear.

Goodwyn, who lived in the Halifax area, achieved much success with April Wine, including selling more than 10 million albums worldwide and receiving 11 Juno nominations. April Wine was inducted into Canada’s Walk of Fame earlier this year. Goodwyn has also been inducted into the Canadian Songwriters Hall of Fame.

Earlier this year, he told CBC News that this latest appointment was his proudest achievement.

“This one’s for me, and songwriting is what I care about the most…. I think I stayed in the business because of songwriting,” he said. “I’m not the best singer, the best guitarist. I’m not the best songwriter, but I took pride in writing songs that were popular.”

In his memoir Just Between You and Me, Myles Goodwyn, guitarist and songwriter for the Canadian hard rock group April Wine, describes the pitfalls behind the scenes of rock star success.

April Wine is seen in an undated concert photo. Goodwyn fronted the group for more than five decades. (Photo by Michael Ochs Archives/Getty Images)

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Goodwyn fronted April Wine for over fifty years, but his last performance with the band was on March 2 in Truro, NS. He remained involved with the group, helping to manage the band and writing material for a new album.

Goodwyn told CBC earlier this year that he was tired of traveling through airports and living out of a suitcase.

“This lifestyle is no longer healthy for me,” said Goodwyn, who has diabetes.

Previous health problems

In 2008, he was hospitalized after collapsing on his way to an airport in Quebec. Alcohol abuse had taken its toll; Goodwyn suffered internal bleeding and nearly died.

After months of rehabilitation, Goodwyn said he realized there were things he wanted to do, such as write an autobiography, Only between you and mewhich was released in 2016 and released a blues album, Friends of the Blues.

One of the songs on that album was called I’m not going to bathe in the kitchen anymorean autobiographical song that referenced details from their childhood, such as the lack of running water in their home in Waverley, NS, and hitchhiking to church on Sundays.

Although Goodwyn was born in New Brunswick, he grew up in Nova Scotia and also lived in Quebec for decades.

Goodwyn told CBC earlier this year that he wasn’t ready to truly retire.

“I still don’t want to give all that up,” he said. “I can’t imagine the day that I don’t do these things anymore.”

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