#1100: I Wouldn’t Want to Lose Your Love by April Wine

Peak Month: January 1975
7 weeks on Vancouver’s CKLG chart
Peak Position #12
Peak Position on Billboard Hot 100 ~ did not chart

In 1969 in the Halifax suburb of Waverly, Nova Scotia, guitarist Myles Goodwyn teamed up with the Henman brothers: Ritchie (drums), David (guitar) and Jimmy (bass). The name for the band was arrived at since they liked the sound of the two words together. The next year the band moved to Montreal and got a record contract with Aquarius Records. A self-titled album was released in 1971 and Aquarius asked the band to record a second album. At this time Jim Henman was replaced by Jim Clench.

Their second album On Record gave the group a #1 hit in Vancouver called “You Could’ve Been A Lady“. While the album and single sold well it was not picked up for distribution in the USA. During the recording of the bands third album in 1973 both Rithie and Dave Henman left the group and were replaced by guitarist Gary Moffet and drummer Jerry Mercer, the latter who had been with Montreal group Mashmakhan.

On their fourth album in 1974, Live, the band had another Top Ten hit in Vancouver called “I’m On fire For You Baby”. Their fifth album, Stand Back, went double platinum with 2 million sales. The first single released from the album was “I Wouldn’t Want to Lose Your Love”.

 

The song concerns two people in a relationship trying to get on the same page. One person (the singer) is worried they’ll lose the love they have. Their hesitant, sensitive, partner may perceive they are (or could be) on the receiving end of hurtful, harmful behavior. In addition, they think their suitor is foolish and doesn’t know their own mind.

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Easy now, don’t let our love go wrong
I’d never hurt you, or mean you any harm
Darling can’t you see

Chorus: I wouldn’t want to lose your love
I wouldn’t want to lose your love
I couldn’t stand the pain
You know it’d drive me insane
Darling I need your love

And if tomorrow would be easier for you
And there’s nothing that I can say or I can do
Well darling, please come home, you know…(chorus)

You’re tellin’ me that I’ve been foolish this time
You’re tellin’ me that I don’t know my own mind
But darling can’t you see…(chorus)

The boyfriend is trying to offer his girlfriend some compromises: “and if tomorrow would be easier.” For him, breaking up would be a hard blow and a real loss.

The song peaked in Vancouver on CKLG at #12. Though the second single from the album, “Tonight is a Wonderful Night to Fall in Love” peaked at #5 on the Canadian RPM singles chart, it didn’t chart in Vancouver.

April Wine has recorded 16 albums, their latest in 2006. Between 1971 and 1993 they charted 34 singles on the RPM Top 100 singles chart in Canada. The band continues to perform and between May and November of 2016 April Wine had 28 tour dates. These included bookings in Iowa, Texas, New York, South Dakota, Nevada, Wisconsin, Newfoundland, Nova Scotia, New Brunswick, Ontario, Saskatchewan and Alberta. Of these 28 concerts 13 were sold out.

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