At 11.15pm last night our hearts were shattered into pieces and I don’t think they will ever repaired. Our hero, our best friend, the legend, our Dad passed away after a short illness. Dad had the most amazing life and leaves behind a wonderful musical legacy. We are so proud that we got to call him our Dad, him and Mam gave us the most incredible life and showed us the world. We couldn’t have wished for a better Dad. We love you so much with all our hearts. Rest in peace Dad until we meet again
It is with great sadness and with those words posted by his daughter that we learned of the passing of John Miles, during the night of December 5th at the age of 72 in his hometown of Newcastle in England.
A multi-talented musician he is most famous for his timeless track and superhit ‘Music’
At the peak of his success, in 1976 and 1977, John Miles made several appearances on the weekly pop TV show Supersonic. The debut album did receive some attention in the US. Two singles from the debut album reached the US Billboard Hot 100 chart, “Highfly” peaked at No. 68, followed by “Music” which stalled at No. 88. “Slow Down” was his biggest US chart hit, peaking at No. 2 on the disco chart, and at No. 34 on the Billboard Hot 100 in June 1977.
From 1985, John participated almost every year in the Night of the Proms, a series of concerts held yearly in Belgium, the Netherlands, Germany… The concerts consist of a combination of pop music and popular classical music (often combined) and various well-known musicians and groups usually participate. Miles always performs “Music”, and also sings other songs.
In 2009, the album The Best of John Miles at the Night of the Proms was released, which included “Music” and cover versions including “All by Myself”, “Bohemian Rhapsody” and “It Was a Very Good Year”.
I had the chance to see John perform at the Proms, the year Grace Jones appeared. Their rendition of Proud Mary (see video above) at the end of the show felt like a full-circle moment for me. Sjef and I talked to John in our hotel after the show and he really was the kindest person ever. He didn’t seem to be bothered to see us inquiring about Tina but we were genuinely happy to see him face to face and to have had the opportunity to talk to him a bit.
John started touring with Tina in 1987 and soon became a pillar of the Queen of Rock’s band.
First, as a keyboard player on the Break Every Rule Tour. During the gigantic gig, he would also duet with Tina and his guitar, in lieu of Bryan Adams, on ‘It’s Only Love’ and apply his vocals on ‘I Can’t Stand The Rain’.
On subsequent tours, he would mostly play the guitar but also support vocals on almost every song, most notably during the ‘Better Be Good To Me’ screaming session with James Ralston and Tina. Like Kenny Moore, he was an integral part of the show, fans know the ‘John moments’ and a live Tina song without his vocals isn’t the same!
Proving their indefectible professional and personal bond, John would perform every tour with Tina until her retirement in 2009.
While he wasn’t touring with the Queen of Rock, John also appeared on Jimmy Page’s 1988 album Outrider and subsequent tour (his wide-ranging vocals allowed him to cover both Robert Plant and Paul Rodgers from Page’s two previous bands) and played Hammond organ on Joe Cocker’s album Night Calls (1992).
My most sincere and deepest condolences to Mr. Miles’s family, friends, and Tina.