The right to sing...
John Miles, real name John Errington, was an English singer-songwriter who started his career with a small group called The Influence. Group which also included at the time Paul Thompson (future drummer of Roxy Music) and Vic Malcolm (future guitarist of Goerdie), just that ! Group which will produce in 1969 the single “I want to live”, single with very modest success.
The real solo career began in 1975 with the release of the single "Highfly", which gave the artist his first major success.
But it’s the next title that will be a game changer. Indeed, the single “Music” which was released a year later in 1976 would become a huge global hit and literally explode the singer's notoriety. A title which remains to this day one of the most emblematic of the 1970s and which will appear on the album "Rebel" which was released that same year.
Always the same year new success with the title "Slow down", less success but success all the same.
A major success that will unfortunately, and surprisingly, be the last. All the titles that will be released subsequently will meet with only modest success.
Artist who will leave us definitively on December 5, 2021 at the age of 72.
To discover or rediscover.
Discography (among others ...) :
Slow down 1976
Remember yesterday 1976
No hard feelings 1978
Oh dear 1979
(Don't give me your) Sympathy 1979
Turn yourself loose 1981
Reggae man 1981
The right to sing 1983
Song for you 1983
I need your love 1985
One more day without love 1993
Oh how the year go by 1994
1975 ... a particularly encouraging start with a first global hit directly. Admittedly, the success is limited to England and the United States but many beginning artists would be largely satisfied ...
1976 ... he will become legend from the second title, an extremely rare occurrence in this area. He simply signs here one of the most emblematic pieces of the 1970s and the end of the twentieth century period. The icing on the cake is a notoriety that explodes as a result. MAS-TER-FUL !
1976 ... an exceptional year 1976 for the artist with a succession of hits, to say the least, impressive. Not sure it will last for years to come, but for now, it's a hit !
1976 ... an obvious versatility that positions the artist as one of the phenomena of the moment. There are years when everything succeeds !
1978 ... after a startling to say the least, the rest will prove to be much more complicated to manage than expected. With the key a sudden and above all unexpected unscrewing ...
1979 ... success is now with absent subscribers and unfortunately it is going to last. A truly incredible reversal of the situation and yet he does not demerit, far from it ...
1979 ... a trendy sound, a style that is no less so, and yet, nothing works as one might expect. Hard law of the trade ...
1981 ... the transition to the 80s will hardly change the situation unfortunately. Success desperately flees the artist despite an obvious goodwill on his part to want to reverse the process ...
1981 ... here he arrived in reggae mode. But no matter how hard he tries everything, nothing helps. The contrast between its 1970s period and its 1980s period is striking to say the least ...
1983 ... very stealthy return to success. He will have known his greatest success on Intimist titles, a field in which he excels and which he may have underexploited ...
1983 ... how did titles like this get under the radar ? And yet it was, like the entire career of the artist. Incredible but true...
1985 ... he now jumps every other year on average. Either way, whatever he does, no matter how good the tracks he releases, the result is hopelessly the same. So why bother more than that ...
1985 ... the adventure continues for good and he still believes in it. And we also believe in it, so why was it not the case at that time, good question ...
1993 ... then nothing for 8 long years. This improbable comeback in this year 1993 will not change the situation once again. And yet, once again, the title produced largely holds up. Incomprehensible...
1994 ... this time, the adventure will indeed come to an end. No more comeback, end of story. A story which nevertheless produced one of the most beautiful titles of the end of the 20th century. Just for that reason, respect Mr Miles !
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