Musician John Miles dies at 72 after short illness
Musician John Miles has died at the age of 72 from a brief illness, his manager has confirmed.
The rock singer died in his sleep surrounded by his family on Sunday at a hospital in Newcastle, England.
Miles was best known for his hit ballad Music Was My First Love, which reached number three on the UK charts in 1976.
During his career he has also performed alongside a series of global music stars including Tina Turner, Led Zeppelin founder Jimmy Page, the late Joe Cocker and opera tenor Andrea Bocelli.
What sad news! Rest in peace charming John Miles! It was a pleasure to sing with you and have you play for me a few years ago! A local legend! My thoughts and love are with all your family and friends â¤ï¸â¤ï¸â¤ï¸ https://t.co/DjEBqIKNRM
– Joe McElderry (@ joemcelderry91) December 6, 2021
Miles manager Cliff Cooper said: âThe UK has lost one of its most talented musicians.
âAs John’s manager and friend for over 50 years, John was not only so kind and gentle, but also a brilliant musician and songwriter on the world stage.
âMourning is the price we pay for love. He will be dearly missed, but his music will live on forever.
The singer released 10 studio albums between 1976 and 1999, alongside numerous singles including Highfly, Slowdown, Remember Yesterday and The Right To Sing, all of which made the UK singles charts.
He performed regularly at Last Night of the Proms and also received an Outstanding Contribution Award to Progressive Rock Awards in 2017.
Miles was married to his wife Eileen for over 50 years and had two children and two grandchildren.
RIP John Miles. A pleasure to work and spend time with. Sympathies to his family and friends. MH
– Simply red (@SimplyRedHQ) December 6, 2021
His family also released a statement on their official Facebook page, saying: âHe was a loving husband, father and grandfather and he will be missed by all of us more than any word could ever express.
“He will live forever in our hearts and with the wonderful musical legacy he left behind. You were our first love and you will be our last. Our husband, father, grandfather and hero. We love you. Xxx . “
The family also requested privacy during this “extremely difficult time”.
’80s pop star Paul Young paid tribute to fellow singer, noting that the couple met at a series of shows in Europe in the early’ 90s and remained close friends for the past 30 years. following.
John was one of the amazing people, like Tom JonesPaul Young
Young told the PA News Agency: âI did a series of shows with John in Belgium and the Netherlands, where John’s band was the nucleus of a massive orchestra and choir. We made these amazingly great places.
âJohn was one of the amazing people, like Tom Jones. He’s like an ox. He went out, he drank, he stayed out late but he got up in the morning, he went to workout, because he was very fit. form – and then he would get up and sing.
âHis voice has never weakened since I saw him. He always had an incredible performance. We got along very well. “
Speaking of the kind of man Miles was with friends, he added, âHe took everything lightly. You couldn’t be serious with John.
âMaybe you did if you were in his band and he was working on his material, which he took seriously, I’m sure.
âBut when he was on the road – and any musician worth his salt is like that – you have to take it with humor because it’s a ridiculous deal. If you can’t find a way to laugh about it, he’ll John was really like that. He was there. He worked hard, he played hard.