April Wine added to Canadian Hall of Fame

Rockers April Wine have earned a spot in the Canadian Music Hall of Fame, the Canadian Academy of Recording Arts and Sciences says.

Rockers April Wine have earned a spot in the Canadian Music Hall of Fame.

The Canadian Academy of Recording Arts and Sciences announced Monday the band will be inducted April 18 during the 2010 Juno Awards gala in St. John's, N.L.

The band, formed in 1969 in Halifax, is known for hits such as Weeping Widow, Anything You Want You Got It and You Won't Dance with Me.

Last year, April Wine was inducted into the Canadian Music Industry Hall of Fame and earned a lifetime achievement award.

The original members were vocalist-guitarist Myles Goodwyn, guitarist David Henman, drummer Ritchie Henman and bassist Jimmy Henman. Goodwyn remains the band's frontman, though members have changed over the years.

April Wine moved to Montreal in 1970 and had its first hit with You Could Have Been a Lady, a song originally recorded by Hot Chocolate in the U.K. They toured extensively, becoming known for their power ballads and rock 'n' roll sound.

The band is also famous for opening for a mystery group called the Cockroaches at the El Mocambo club in Toronto in 1977. The Cockroaches turned out to be the Rolling Stones and the album recorded from that session, Live At The El Mocambo, features April Wine's She's No Angel.

April Wine eventually released 16 albums, including 1976's The Whole World's Goin' Crazy, which set a sales record for a Canadian band, going platinum.

Goodwyn went solo for a while in the late 1980s, but the band reunited in July 1992 and continues to tour, with the current lineup including Goodwyn, Brian Greenway, Blair Mackay and Breen LeBoeuf.

The Canadian Music Hall of Fame was established in 1978 by CARAS to honour individuals or groups who have contributed to international recognition of Canadian artists and music. Members include Lover Boy, Bryan Adams, The Tragically Hip and Bruce Cockburn.