April Wine


April Wine (1969-1985, 1992-present): a Hard Rock band from Waverley, Nova Scotia, Canada.


ounded by then teenagers Myles Goodwin (vocals/guitar/piano), along with brothers Jimmy Henman (vocals/bass), David Henman (guitar/vocals) and cousin Ritchie Henman (drums/keyboards), April Wine would soon amass a local following, not to mention a US interest.

Although April Wine officially began in late 1969 in Waverley, Nova Scotia, their roots can be traced back to St. John's Newfoundland in 1967/68. David and Ritchie Henman moved there when their father took a job at a local furrier company, Mitchell Furs. They would be heard jamming in a house on the corner of Bonaventure Avenue and Fleming Street in St. John's before relocating to Nova Scotia.

After signing to 'Big Tree', a subsidiary of Canadian label 'Aquarius', they would release their self-titled debut that spawned a 32 US 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 US 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 Jim 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).

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First Glance (1979) saw Brian Greenway (guitar/vocals/keyboards) added, while Harder... Faster (1980) was their first album to chart at 64 US/34 UK, The Nature Of The Beast (1981) at 26 US/48 UK, another live effort at Summer Tour '81 Live (1982), Power Play (1982; a 37 US hit) and Animal Grace (1984; a 64 US 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).
Footnote: El Mocambo was a popular music club in downtown Toronto, Canada that has had many re-openings.

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Nation Canada
Location Waverley, Nova Scotia
Genre Hard Rock
Formations 2
Active Years 1969-1985, 1992-
Last Modified 2023-02-28
Diskery ID 1002

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