UK guitarist/vocalist John Miles recorded his first single in 1971 when he left Art College. He gave up Art College for an apprenticeship in the engraving trade, the idea being to subsidise a semi-professional musical career in a band called the Influence, a group that included future Roxy Music drummer Paul Thompson, and future Geordie guitarist, Vic Malcolm. The band then split and Miles formed the John Miles Band, and it was at this stage that he released his first single, "Jose" in 1971. Moving to London in 1974, he got to grips with manager Cliff Cooper who managed to get him signed to Decca Records. He met producer Alan Parsons, (yes, THE Alan Parsons), who produced Miles' debut album. He had a massive worldwide hit with "Music", which featured a string section conducted by Andrew Powell. Miles was subsequently voted Britain's "Most Popular New Male Singer", and his follow-up album, "Stranger in the City", more than justified the acclaim. He toured with The Rolling Stones and Jethro Tull before releasing his third album, "Zaragon", in 1978. Later years saw him work with Joe Cocker, Tina Turner, Jimmy Page and The Alan Parsons Project.
John Miles - Slow Down, from "Stranger in the City", his 2nd album, released in 1977. We featured Miles' "Music" a few months ago, and since then, we've had numerous requests to feature more music from this talented UK vocalist. If you were a regular disco duck during the mid seventies, you'll remember this track very well - it was a favourite in the clubs, and, although not as groundbreaking for Miles as "Music" was, it was instantly recognizable and was very popular, reaching the UK Top 10 in 1977. In the eighties, Miles went on to work with Tina Turner and Joe Cocker.
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Biography by Jason Ankeny
Best remembered for the rock
ballad "Music," singer John
Miles was born April 23, 1949 in
Jarrow, England. His first
musical venture of note was the
Influences, which also launched
the careers of Roxy Music
drummer Paul Thompson and
Geordie guitarist Vic Malcolm;
following the group's breakup,
he formed the John Miles Band,
relocating to London in 1975 and
soon landing a deal with Decca.
Miles' debut LP Rebel followed a
year later, launching the UK hit
"Highfly"; the follow-up, the
epic ballad "Music," reached the
British Top Five and paved the
way for a U.S. tour in support
of Elton John. 1977's Stranger
in the City also yielded a Top
Ten entry in "Slow Down," but
successive efforts like 1978's
Zaragon, 1979's More Miles Per
Hour and 1981's Miles High
failed to recreate Miles'
initial flush of success. In the
wake of 1985's Transition, he
lent vocals to projects from the
Alan Parsons Project and Jimmy
Page, subsequently touring
behind acts including Tina
Turner and Joe Cocker; Upfront,
Miles' first new solo album in
eight years, followed in 1993.
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