“Black Velvet” is a song written by Canadian songwriters Christopher Ward and David Tyson. It was recorded in October 1988 and released in January 1990 with “If You Want To” on the B-side. as one of four singles from Myles’ self-titled debut album (released in March 1989. The song’s sultry and bluesy sound, combined with Myles’ powerful vocals, helped it stand out from other songs of the time. It also features a memorable guitar riff and a catchy chorus, making it a favorite of many fans of rock and roll. “Black Velvet” became a number-one hit for two weeks on the Billboard Hot 100 charts in 1990 and reached number one on the Album Rock Tracks chart, as well as number ten in her native Canada and number two on the UK Singles Chart. The song also reached number one in Norway, Sweden, and Switzerland and was a major success in several other countries. Alannah Myles won the 1991 Grammy for Best Female Rock Vocal Performance for the song and the 1990 Juno Award for Single of the Year.
The music video, directed by Doug Freel, was partially shot on Myles’ family ranch in Buckhorn, Ontario. Myles is seen singing on a cabin porch with her guitarist, Kurt Schefter (Raving Mojos) intercut with scenes from Myles in concert with her band. The concert scene was filmed in Kingston Ontario in a bar called Stages.
Since its release, “Black Velvet” has become a classic rock staple and is still played on radio stations and at concerts around the world. In fact, the song has been covered by numerous artists, including Melissa Etheridge, Kelly Clarkson, and LeAnn Rimes, among others.