John was born in Jarrow, England on April 23, 1950. While attending art college, John joined his first semi-professional group called The Influence, which included Roxy Music drummer Paul Thompson.
In 1975, John decided to form his own band, the John Miles Band. The soul-based band was very popular in northern England, especially in Newcastle. Although he enjoyed performing live cover songs, John had a desire to play his own music. "I still love that sort of scene, but there was just nowhere I could play my own material. My roots were there, but to develop any further, I realized I had to get out."
Soon after, John decided to move to London. He signed with Decca Records who introduced John to Alan Parsons. With Alan as his producer, John recorded a single called "Highfly" in 1975. The song quickly reached the top of the UK chart. He released his first album, "Music", in 1976.
In 1979, Alan Parsons again joined John in the recording studio to produce "More Miles Per Hour". This European release was also supported by a successful tour. In 1980, five songs from this album along with three new songs were released in America on an album called "Sympathy". Many more albums would follow over the years.
John has performed vocals on a number of tracks for The Alan Parsons Project. His first guest appearance was in 1976 on the album "Tales of Mystery and Imagination". In 1990 he sung vocals on "There But For The Grace Of God" on the Parsons produced "Freudiana" album.
Over the years Miles has performed vocals on the albums of other artists including Jimmy Page, Joe Cocker and Tina Turner. In addition, Miles has been part of Tina Turners live show for many years, and has been a regular performer at the "Night of the Proms" concert series in Europe.
For more about John Miles, see Issue One of The Avenue.
|John Miles Solo Albums|
|1977||Stranger in the City|
|1979||More Miles Per Hour|
|Work With Other Artists|
|1976||The Alan Parsons Project||Tales of Mystery and Imagination||Guitar, Vocals|
|1978||The Alan Parsons Project||Pyramid||Vocals|
|1986||The Alan Parsons Project||Stereotomy||Vocals|
|1987||The Alan Parsons Project||Gaudi||Vocals|
|1988||Tina Turner||Tina Live in Europe||Guitar, Keyboards, Vocals|
|1990||Various / APP||Freudiana||Vocals|
|1992||Joe Cocker||Night Calls||Organ, Organ (Hammond), Tambourine, Vocals (bckgr)|
|1996||Tina Turner||Wildest Dreams||Guitar, Vocals|
|2001||Meghan Cary||New Shoes||Vocals (bckgr)|
Thanks to Becky Wildenberg for assistance with this biography.
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