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Alannah Myles

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  • Born: Toronto, Ontario, Canada
  • Years Active: 1980s, 1990s, 2000s

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Biography All Music Guide

All Music Guide:

Toronto rock singer Alannah Myles spent several years struggling unsuccessfully to secure a Canadian record deal, so she and songwriting partner Christopher Ward set their sights south of the border. Myles recorded a demo and video for the song "Just One Kiss," which got the attention of several companies and ended up on her self-titled 1989 debut album. "Love Is" established her in her home country and made Alannah Myles the biggest-selling debut in Canadian history, but it was the smoky, sensual "Black Velvet" that became a worldwide hit, reaching number one in the U.S. An American release of "Love Is" fizzled as a follow-up, and Myles thus far remains something of a one-hit wonder to U.S. audiences. She released a follow-up album, Rockinghorse, in 1992.

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Les Paul: American Master (1915-2009)

By Lenny Kaye, Contributor

--Ed. Note: In honor of the passing of Les Paul, we have decided to rerun Lenny Kaye's wonderfully insightful column on the man. It's the "Guitar Boogie" to end all guitar boogies, with an honor guard of guitarists arrayed behind the benevolently smiling figure of Les Paul, who sits on a raised platform from where he has just finished entertaining a sold-out house at the State Theater in Cleveland and accepting an American Master award from… more »