Alannah Myles was born to a father in radio, producer of “The Happy Gang”. Her mother was a pianist and singer. When she was a child, she knew she wanted to be a singer despite discouragement from her parents to pursue it as a profession. At age 11, she took up the guitar. By the age of 15, she was writing her own songs emulating her favourite folk artists Leonard Cohen, Linda Ronstadt, and Joni Mitchell. She got herself an agent in 1977 and played her songs around Toronto. To earn extra money, she did some television work, doing ads. She also worked as a backup singer and model. In the mid-80s, she hooked up with songwriter Christopher Ward and began performing some of his songs. The music industry rejected her outright; no record company was interested. Eventually, Bob Roper at WEA (Warner-Elektra-Atlantic) approached her after listening to her demo and signed her. David Tyson was chosen to produce her first (self-titled) album. She entered the recording studio with Christopher Ward who was to be a video jockey for MuchMusic.
The album was released and MuchMusic immediately played the music video for the first single “Love Is”. To the Canadian public, this sultry female rocker seemed to come out of nowhere. The entire nation was captivated. The single was aired on radio stations and peaked at #16 across the country. The second single, a tribute to American singer Elvis Presley called “Black Velvet” did even better, scraping the Top 10. It also became an international hit, topping the Billboard charts in the United States and the Top 3 in Britain and Australia. The song won the Juno for Song of the Year and a Grammy award in the U.S. Two more singles were released from the album, one of which was her biggest hit at home; “Lover of Mine” peaked at #2 and became the 16th biggest song of 1990. As for the album, it became the third from a Canadian artist, first for a female, and first as a debut to attain Diamond sales in Canada. It won Album of the Year at the Junos. (by musiccanada.wordpress.com)
This concert was filmed for Much Music’s Big Ticket featuring a duet with special guest, Mavis Staples singing “Respect yourself”.
And this is the bootleg version of this concert … soundboard quality and … believe me … Alannah Myles is pure dynamite !
Jørn Andersen (drums)
Alannah Myles (vocals)
Kurt Schefter (guitar)
Eric Webster (keyboards)
Steve Webster (bass)
Mavis Staples (vocals on 09. + 10.)
01. Still Got This Thing (Ward) 6.10
02. Rock This Joint (Ward) 4.51
03. Black Velvet (Ward/Tyson) 6.55
04. Just One Kiss (Ward/Tyson) 4.06
05. Lover Of Mine (Myles/Ward/Tyson/Johnson) 7.52
06. Hurry Make Love (Simmonds) 4.15
07. If You Want To (Ward/Tyson) 5.58
08. Kick Start My Heart (Waters/Stone/ElkhardWard) 7.18
09. Respect Yourself (Ingram/Rice) 5.55
10. Jaguar (only Mavis Staples) (Prince) 5.56
11. Love Is (Ward) 4.26
12. Who Loves You (Ward/Tyson) 4.45
13. Still Got This Thing (Ward) 7.00