John Miles

Genres: Pop / Rock
Decades Active: 1970s 1980s 1990s 2000s

Biography

23 April 1949, Jarrow, Tyne And Wear, England. Miles achieved international fame in 1976 with the classic rock ballad ‘Music’ (‘music was my first love and it will be my last/the music of tomorrow, the music of the past’). His beginnings in the music business found him manufacturing toilet signs by day, but by night performing in a semi-professional band called the Influence, which also included Paul Thompson (later in Roxy Music) and Victor Malcolm (later in Geordie). After this band split, Miles formed his own John Miles Band, who were successful in their native north east and also recorded several singles for their own Orange label, as well as a one-off single (‘Jose’) for Decca Records in 1971 In 1975, Miles and bass player Bob Marshall moved to London and signed a proper recording contract with Decca. Recruiting Barry Black (and later adding pianist Gary Moberly) they reached the UK Top 20 with the Alan Parsons -produced...

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