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April Wine

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ounded by then teenager Myles Goodwin (vocals/guitar/piano), with cousins David Goodwyn (guitar), Richie Goodwyn (guitar) and David Henman (bass/vocals), April Wine would soon amass a local following, not to mention a U.S. interest. After signing to ‘Big Tree', a subsidiary of Canadian label ‘Aquarius', they would release their self-titled debut that spawned a 32 U.S. hit single, You Could Have Been A Lady. With Jim Clench replacing Herman on bass for their On Record (1973), they still failed to garner international attention, never mind widespread U.S. notice, while still maintaining a local following. Gary Moffat replaced David Henman, while Jerry Mercer replaced Ritchie Henman for Electric Jewels (1973), their first live effort Live  (1974), and Stand Back (1975) before replacements came in the form of Clench with Steve Lang for Forever For Now (1976), The Whole World's Goin' Crazy (1976), and their live Toronto performance Live At The El Mocambo (1977).

First Glance (1979) saw Brian Greenway (guitar/vocals/keyboards) added, while Harder… Faster (1980) was their first album to chart at 64 U.S./34 U.K., The Nature Of The Beast (1981) at 26 U.S./48 U.K., another live effort at Summer Tour '81 Live (1982), Power Play (1982; a 37 U.S. hit) and Animal Grace (1984; a 64 U.S. hit) followed. The band line-up was reset in 1984 with Goodwyn and Greenway joined by Dabiel Daniel Barbe who replaced Moffet, while Jean Pellerin replaced Lang and Marty Simon replaced Mercer for Walking Through Fire (1985) before they split.

In 1992 the act regrouped with Goodwyn, Greenway, Mercer and Clench, adding Steve Segal on guitar for Attitude (1993) and Frigate (1994).


Footnote: Most recently April Wine has been known to appear at local events in Canada, most especially several years at the ‘Oakville Waterfront Festival' (local to the author).


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Nation Canada
City Halifax, Nova Scotia
Promotional Address Unknown
Genre Hard Rock
Formations/Versions 2
Web Unknown
Active Years 1969-1985, 1992-
E-Mail Unknown
Old RRCA File Code UC000554
New Reference Code 1002