April Wine is a highly acclaimed and veteran Canadian hard rock band that became famous during the 1970s and early 1980s. Their best known songs in the U.S. include "You Could Have Been A Lady" (1972), "Roller" (1979), and "Just Between You And Me" (1981).
Formed in 1969 in Nova Scotia, the original lineup was a quartet consisting of brothers David (guitars, vocals) and Ritchie Henman (drums), their cousin Jim Henman (bass, vocals), and lead singer/guitarist Myles Goodwyn who also served as the band's main songwriter. April Wine released their eponymous debut album in 1971 and had their first charting song that year, "Fast Train," which made the Canadian Top 40. Bassist Jim Henman left the band in late 1971 and was replaced by Jim Clench, the first of many personnel changes. For much of the 1970s and early 1980s, the lineup consisted of Goodwyn, Brian Greenway (guitars, vocals), Steve Lang (bass, vocals), Jerry Mercer (drums), and Gary Moffet (guitars, vocals).
April Wine made their U.S. debut in 1972 with the hard-driving "You Could Have Been A Lady," a Top 40 hit which shot up to #2 on the Canadian charts and became among the band's best known songs worldwide. The band had two other Top 40 hits in the U.S. with "Roller" (1979) and "Just Between You And Me" (1981). Their many other hits in the U.S., which continued through 1984, also include "I Like To Rock" (1980), "Sign Of The Gypsy Queen" (1981), "Enough Is Enough" (1982), and "This Could Be The Right One" (1984). Other songs for which April Wine is well known that became top hits in Canada include "Bad Side Of The Moon" (1972), "Tonite Is A Wonderful Time To Fall In Love" (1975), "Oowatanite" (1975), "The Whole World's Goin' Crazy" (1976), and "You Won't Dance With Me" (1977). The band's long string of hits on the Canadian charts ended in 1993 with "Voice In My Heart," which made the Top 40.
After disbanding in 1986, April Wine reformed in 1992 and has continued to record and perform actively to the present day, with a current lineup that includes co-founder Myles Goodwyn and early member Brian Greenway. The band has released over 20 albums to date, many of which went gold or platinum in Canada, with the multi-platinum "The Nature Of The Beast" also going platinum in the U.S. April Wine was honored with the CMW Lifetime Achievement Award in 2009 and inducted into the East Coast Music Hall of Fame (2008), the Canadian Music Industry Hall of Fame (2009), and the Canadian Music Hall of Fame (2010).
- For more info about April Wine and the band's touring schedule, visit aprilwine.ca.
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