Death of John Miles: the star of the 70s best known for the song Music dies at 72


RIP (Photo: Getty)

Music icon John Miles, who worked with legendary Tina Turner, has passed away at the age of 72.

The artist’s management confirmed that he died “peacefully” in his sleep with his family at his bedside.

“John was not only so kind and gentle, but also a brilliant musician and songwriter on the world stage,” he added.

Miles rose to fame with his international hit Music Was My First Love And It Will Be My Last, but is perhaps best known for his chart-topping song, Music, which became a No. 1 hit in 1976.

During his career he has toured with Tina Turner since 1987, playing keyboards, guitar and backing vocals on each of his tours, and performed on several of his albums.

He also appeared on Jimmy Page’s Outrider album in 1988 and on the tour that followed.


English singer-songwriter and musician John Miles
Miles performing at the Great British Music Festival, Olympia, London on January 1, 1976 (Photo: Getty)

Tributes poured in for Miles on social media, with X Factor’s Joe McElderry saying, “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.


epa09625723 (File) - British musician John Miles plays piano at international show
Miles was best known for his hit song Music (Photo: EPEA)

Another added: “I am absolutely flabbergasted to learn that the legendary John Miles passed away last night.

“I have been fortunate enough to work with John in the studio a few times and he was a lovely, humble, down to earth man who has done amazing things in music and in life.”

“Saddened to hear of John Miles’ death… Music remains an indelibly etched song in me since I was a child – the feeling will not leave me either. RIP, ”wrote a third.

Miles is survived by his wife Eileen, two children and two grandchildren.

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