(born John Errington
, 23 April 1949, Jarrow
, Tyne & Wear
, England) is an English rock music
vocalist, songwriter, guitarist and keyboard player, best known for his 1976 Top 3
UK hit single
, "Music (Was my First Love)".
While still a pupil at the Jarrow School
, Miles was a member of a local band called The Influence (which also included Paul Thompson
, later drummer with Roxy Music
; and Vic Malcolm, later lead guitarist with Geordie
.) He also formed The John Miles Set before starting his solo career in 1971.
During the 1970s he issued four albums, including Rebel
(1976), Stranger In The City
(1977), and Zaragon
(1978). However, John Miles had the most success with singles and released a total of eighteen of them during this era. In addition to "Music (Was my First Love)", he also charted in the UK
with "Highfly" (1975), "Remember Yesterday" (1976), and "Slow Down" (1977). Most of his songs were co-written with the bassist in his backing group, Bob Marshall.
At the peak of his success in 1976 and 1977, Miles made several appearances on the weekly British 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 #68, followed by "Music" which... Read More