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    Heart band photo 2004
    Ann Wilson --- Nancy Wilson

Heart Biography

This long-time Rock act was founded by the sister duo Ann and Nancy Wilson in 1973 in Seattle, Washington USA, and began to perform under the monikers The Army and White Heart.

Subsequently they moved to Vancouver where recorded in early 1976, as Heart, "Dreamboat Annie", with guitarist Roger Fisher, bassist Steve Fossen and drummer Michael Derosier; the record climbed the U.S. Pop Albums chart, reaching the #7 and included the singles "Crazy On You", the U.S. top 10 hit "Magic Man" and the title track.
The next year saw the release of their second album, "Little Queen", which became another top 10 hit on The Official U.S. Pop chart spawning the band's staple tune "Barracuda", still one of their most popular songs, it reached the #11 on Pop Singles chart.
After two million seller albums, in 1978, the band released "Magazine", but failed to achieve the same commercial success; that same year the group issued another album, "Dog & Butterfly", it contained the U.S. Pop Single top 20 hit "Straight On".
Fisher departed before sessions for 1980's "Bebe Le Strange", he was replaced by Howard Leese, the album climbed the American chart entering the top 5, around the same time they released a live collection which included the U.S. top 10 hit cover-single "Tell It Like It Is".
"Private Audition" appeared two years later, its two singles, "City's Burning" and "This Man Is Mine", ranked in the top 20 of The Mainstream Rock chart, subsequently Fossen and Desrosier decided to left the group.
Eventually bassist Mark Andes and drummer Denny Carmassi were chosen as permanent members; the revitalized line-up released 1983's "Passionworks" which generated the #1 Mainstream Rock hit single "How Can I Refuse".
Two years later, Heart's comeback eponymous release peaked at #1 on The Billboard Top 200 Albums chart spawning a string of successful singles, including three Billboard Hot 100 top 10 hits: "Never", "What About Love" and "Nothin' At All", all these singles entered the top 10 of the Mainstream Rock chart hitting respectively #2, #3 and #6 spots; the fourth single, "These Dreams", was a massive hit, it peaked at #1 on The Billboard Hot 100 and climbed to the #2 on Mainstream Rock chart, finally the self-titled LP sold more than five million copies.
In May of 1987 the group returned with "Bad Animals", the record rose to #2 in U.S. Top 200 Albums chart, its single "Alone" became their second #1 on The Billboard Hot 100 and ranked in the top 3 of the Active Rock chart, followed two more Mainstream Rock smash singles: the #2 "Who Will You Run To" and the top 20 hit "There's The Girl".
The next release, "Brigade", was issued in the spring of 1990 and peaked at #3 on The Billboard 200 Albums chart spawning "All I Wanna Do Is Make Love To You" which shot to #2 on both Billboard's Hot 100 and Mainstream Rock Tracks charts, this single became a major hit in U.K. chart cracking the top 10; four other Active Rock top 30 single cuts from the album were the #3 "Wild Child", "Stranded", "I Didn't Want To Need You", "Stranded" and "Tall, Dark Handsome Stranger".
In 1991, after three successive world tours the group decided to release the live-set "Rock The House Live"; both Ann and Nancy Wilson then embarked on solo projects.
The sisters returned as Heart in 1993, with a new studio-effort titled "Desire Walks On", on which Andes and Carmassi were replaced with bassist Fernando Saunders and drummer Denny Fongheiser; the CD didn't achieve the same level of commercial success as their preceding albums, it generated only one Mainstream Rock top 5 hit, "Black On Black II" and "Will You Be There (In The Morning)" which ranked in the American Top 40.
In fall 1995 appeared the live-acoustic set "The Road Home", a collection of their biggest hits.
Heart made its return in mid-2004, the Wilson sister along with ex-Alice In Chains Mike Inez on bass, Darian Sahanaja on keyboards and drummer Ben Smith, recorded an album of all-new-material titled "Jupiter's Darling", which featured the single "The Perfect Goodbye"; the group's come-back LP entered the top 100 of the U.S. chart.

Six years later Heart released "Red Velvet Car", another U.S. top 10 hit album which contained the Hot Adult Contemporary top 40 single "Hey You".

In October 2012 followed "Fanatic"; this album was prefaced by the single "Walkin' Good", on which the Wilson sisters were joined by Canadian singer Sarah McLachlan, the second single and disc's title-track found huge success among Heritage Rock radio stations.

 

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