Floyd Miles

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Floyd Miles
Born(1943-04-13)April 13, 1943
Daytona Beach, Florida, U.S.
DiedJanuary 25, 2018(2018-01-25) (aged 74)
GenresElectric blues, soul blues[1]
Occupation(s)Guitarist, singer, songwriter
Instrument(s)Guitar, vocals, drums
Years active1960s–2018
LabelsIchiban Records, Kingsnake Records, Beloved Records, Rock House Records

Floyd Miles (April 13, 1943 – January 25, 2018) was an American electric blues and soul blues guitarist, singer and songwriter. He released four solo albums from 1992 onwards.[1]

Life and career[edit]

Miles was born and raised in Daytona Beach, Florida, growing up as the youngest of eleven children.[2] He left home at the age of 15.[3]

His musical career really started when playing with The Universals, a soul band which were locally popular in the early 1960s.[1] At the time Miles was a singing drummer for the band, and he befriended both Gregg and Duane Allman, who lived nearby and jammed with the band.[4][2]

After playing drums and singing with several other local groups, Miles founded his own band, which backed musicians such as Arthur Conley, Erma Franklin, Curtis Mayfield, Eddie Floyd and Percy Sledge. Through his friendship of the Allmans, Miles moved on to supply guitar backing for Clarence Carter.[1][3] He later performed with the London Symphony Orchestra.[3]

His debut solo album was Crazy Man (1992), which included musical assistance from Gregg Allman and Dickey Betts.[5] Goin' Back to Daytona was released in 1994. Miles gained greater national prominence when he played on tour with the ensemble Gregg Allman & Friends.[1]

His third album, Mountain to Climb (1999), was released by Beloved Records. His last recording, Another Man Will, produced by Roy Roberts, was released in 2002.[1][6] Miles performed at the Boundary Waters Blues Festival and, in 1996 and 2009, at the Sarasota Blues Fest.[7]


Miles died on January 25, 2018, at the age of 74.[8]


Year Title Record label
1992 Crazy Man Ichiban
1996 Goin' Back to Daytona Kingsnake
1999 Mountain to Climb Beloved
2002 Another Man Will Rock House


See also[edit]


  1. ^ a b c d e f g Jason Ankeny. "Floyd Miles". Allmusic. Retrieved October 21, 2012.
  2. ^ a b Buffalo, Michael Smith (October 2004). "Floyd Miles". Retrieved October 21, 2012.
  3. ^ a b c "Floyd Miles biodata". Floydmiles.com. Archived from the original on April 26, 2012. Retrieved October 21, 2012.
  4. ^ "Young Duane Allman: The Floyd Miles Interview". Jasobrecht.com. Retrieved October 21, 2012.
  5. ^ "Floyd Miles, Crazy Man: Credits". Allmusic.com. Retrieved October 21, 2012.
  6. ^ "Floyd Miles, Another Man Will: Credits". Allmusic.com. Retrieved October 21, 2012.
  7. ^ Galipault, Gerry. "Little Feat Steps Up". HeraldTribune.com. Retrieved October 21, 2012.
  8. ^ Saunders, Emmeline (January 26, 2018). "Blues musician and singer Floyd Miles dies aged 74". Mirror.co.uk. Retrieved January 27, 2018.

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