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April Wine

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Canadian (1969 – present)

April Wine is a Canadian band that formed in 1969. According to the group, they chose the name ‘April Wine’ simply because it was two words that sounded good together. Perhaps best known for their international top 40 hit “Just Between You And Me”, an iconic that made them the very first Canadian band on MTV, April Wine has gone on to release over twenty albums and forge a live performance reputation that sees them still drawing devoted crowds across Canada and elsewhere forty years after taking their first steps into the musical spotlight.

By the spring of 1970, April Wine had relocated from Halifax to Montreal and were making a self-titled album for Aquarius Records. This first album established Myles Goodwyn as a composer with the song “Fast Train” receiving much airplay throughout Canada and becoming the main reason April Wine was able to record a second album. In the fall of 1971, original member Jim Henman left the band and was replaced by Montreal native Jim Clench.

Famed producer Ralph Murphy worked with the group on their second album, titled ‘On Record’. Murphy’s mission was to give April Wine a major international hit, and he came very close to doing just that. The album pushed the band into the North American public spotlight for the first time. You Could Have Been a Lady, originally recorded in England by Hot Chocolate, was a phenomenal hit for April Wine. This song provided the band with a #1 hit in Canada and allowed them to crack Billboard’s Top 30 in the USA where it remained for 11 weeks. On Record also included another notable tune; a cover of Elton John’s Bad Side Of The Moon.

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