Q. There’s no arguing that this band from Halifax, Nova Scotia, is one of Canada’s most successful. Formed in 1969, the group can brag about releasing forty albums, as well as thirty-four singles. With lead singer Myles Goodwyn singing popular hits such as “Ooowatanite” and “The Whole World’s Goin’ Crazy”, which famous “springtime band” would this be?
A. The hint “springtime band” was referring to ‘April’ Wine. They began in late 1969 in Waverley, Nova Scotia (a suburb of Halifax). The band’s name was chosen simply because members thought the two words sounded good together. The original members were brothers David Henman on guitar and Ritchie Henman on drums. Their cousin Jim Henman joined in on bass and Myles Goodwyn completed the sound on lead vocals and guitar. In early 1970 the band relocated to Montreal. Shortly after arriving in their new home the band was signed by Aquarius Records. They recorded and released their debut album April Wine in September 1971. The album spawned their first single, “Fast Train”, which received fairly steady airplay on radio stations across Canada and established Myles Goodwyn as the band’s main songwriter. The single’s success led the band’s label to ask for a second album amid the first of many lineup changes: Jim Henman left the band in the fall of 1971 and was replaced by Jim Clench.
The band’s fourth release, Stand Back, went double platinum in Canada, riding on the success of the singles “Tonight Is A Wonderful Time To Fall In Love” and “I Wouldn’t Want To Lose Your Love”. The song “Oowatanite” became a concert favourite and stands as one of the most popular songs the band has ever recorded. Following the supporting tour for Stand Back, the roster of members was again shaken up. This time, Jim Clench departed and was replaced by Steve Lang. Clench would stay active in music, doing stints in the rock bands Bachman–Turner Overdrive[ and Loverboy.
April Wine continues to tour across Canada annually and also plays festivals in Europe and in the United States, with the group now consisting of Goodwyn, Brian Greenway, Richard Lanthier, and drummer Roy “Nip” Nichol.
Former bassist Steve Lang died on February 4, 2017 at age 67 after suffering from Parkinson’s disease.
April Wine has never been awarded a Juno despite 11 nominations. Myles Goodwyn was awarded the ECMA (East Coast Music Awards) Lifetime Achievement Award in 2003. April Wine was also inducted into the Canadian Music Industry Hall of Fame and awarded with the CMW Lifetime Achievement Award on March 13, 2009. In 2008 they were inducted into the East Coast Music Hall of Fame. On April 18, 2010, they were inducted into the Canadian Music Hall of Fame.
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