Women Who Rock: Heart

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heart womenwhorock385 Women Who Rock: Heart

Heart got their start in 1963 in Seattle, Washington formed by bassist Steve Fossen and brothers Roger Fisher (guitar/mandolin) and Mike Fisher (producer and sound engineer). The group went by the name The Army and White Heart, before settling on just Heart in the early 1970s. Ann Wilson joined the group in 1970. Romance sprang up between her and Mike, and she came along when they moved to Vancouver to avoid the Vietnam draft some years later.

[photogallerylink id=35915]Soon after the move, Ann’s sister Nancy Wilson joined the group. Mirroring her sister she became romantically involved with Roger. The band gained a following in Canada and was signed to the small Canadian label Mushroom, which issued their debut album, “Dreamboat Annie“, in 1976. “Dreamboat Annie” was recorded with new members guitarist/keyboardist Howard Leese, and drummer Michael Derosier. The album brought forth Heart’s first U.S. chart entry, “Crazy on you” peaking at #35 on the Billboard Hot 100. Two years later, the single was re-released by Mushroom — this time reaching #62 in the U.S.

Heart Discography

In 1977, Heart moved to CBS affiliate Portrait. This didn’t go well with Mushroom owner Shelly Siegel, and a legal battle ensued. After the smoke cleared, Heart’s second album “Little Queen” was released on Portrait in 1977. It was a substantial hit, but wasn’t the enormous hit their debut album was. Only one single, “Barracuda,” from the album made the Top 40 this time around. Curiously, the single, “Heartless,” from the unfinished LP “Magazine” released by Mushroom charted higher than Little Queen’s other two singles.

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