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Heart

(1973-)
Heart
Ann Wilson (vocals, guitar) 1973-
Nancy Wilson (vocals, guitar) 1974-
Roger Fisher (guitar) 1973-1979
Howard Leese (keyboards) 1973-
Michael Derosier (drums) 1970-1981
Steve Fossen (bass) 1970-1981
Denny Carmassi (drums) 1981-1993
Mark Andes (bass) 1981-1993
Fernando Saunders (bass) 1993-
Denny Fongheiser (drums) 1993-

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Shortly before Heart's '80s resurgence, Nancy Wilson played "beautiful girl in car" in the movie Fast Times at Ridgemont High. She had no dialogue, but did manage to marry the screenwriter, Cameron Crowe, in 1986. They had twin boys in 2000 and separated in 2008.
Ann and Nancy Wilson are sisters.
Ann Wilson had a tumultuous affair with their sound manager, Mike Fisher - they lived together for nine years. At the same time, Nancy was with Fisher's brother Roger, who was the group's lead guitarist. In 1979, Ann was the one to fire Roger from the band. (thanks, Jessica - Cleveland, OH)
They used to own a studio in Seattle called Bad Animals. Soundgarden, REM, and Pearl Jam have all recorded there.
Ann and Nancy appeared on the soundtrack for the movie Singles as The Lovemongers. The movie was directed by Cameron Crowe.
Ann once worked for Kentucky Fried Chicken. She thought of sending a platinum record to the restaurant's mascot, Colonel Sanders, because if she hadn't been fired, the group might not have been formed.
Their 1995 live album The Road Home was produced by Led Zeppelin bassist John Paul Jones, who specifically requested they not cover any Led Zeppelin songs. They did, however, cover Joni Mitchell and Elton John, not to mention some of their originals. Early on, the band played a lot of Zeppelin songs.
When the band formed, they were known as The Army, and later White Heart. Nancy Wilson joined after she finished college in 1974 and the band was re-christened Heart.
The band moved to moved to Vancouver, British Columbia after manager Mike Fisher found out he was to be drafted by the United States Army. They signed a recording contract with Vancouver's Mushroom Records, and in 1975 released their debut progressive concept album Dreamboat Annie, which featured the hits "Crazy On You," "Magic Man" and the title track.
In 1977, the band gained popularity with the hits "Barracuda," "Kick It Out" and "Little Queen." Their third album Magazine was stillborn following the demise of Mushroom Records but was saved from the scrap heap by CBS Records who accommodated the band by reissuing it along with a now rare picture disc. The owner of Mushroom was so angry that he released Magazine to keep their Little Queen album from selling well. A judge ruled that he had to allow the band to remix the album and rerecord parts of it. Heart wanted it completely removed from the market.
Carmassi had previously been a member of Sammy Hagar's backing band before joining Heart in 1981. Andes had played bass for Spirit.

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Comments:

I've always heard "Magic Man" was about Mike Fisher, to include interviews with Ann Wilson, and never heard the Manson thing until a minute ago. Heart has had to endure a lot of bad and inaccurate press over the years and I guess that was just one more smear. It's always easier to think something bad about someone.
It's OK Jim, don't believe the lies.
- Steve, Bonner Spgs, KS
Actually the song "Magic Man" was about Charles Manson!!
- anissa, pittsburgh, PA
IN Response to gina walnut cove NC, Ann Was not seeing Roger Fisher, Magic Man is about Mike Fisher his brother and Manager of Heart at the time. Ann was seeing Mike.
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- Russ, Meridian, ID
An additional fact that not a lot of people know is that Heart was a very "commercialized" version of themselves throughout the 80s. They had a lot of chart and sales success during this time, but the image that was portrayed (the big hair, the make-up, and Nancy's ample display of cleavage in videos, etc.) was not one they would have chosen for themselves.
- Paul, Detroit, MI
Ann and Nancy Wilson are both accomplished musicians in their own right. I saw an acoustical tour they did in, I believe, 1999 or 2000 where it was just the two of them on stage - no back-up band, no karaoke machine (LOL). It was a phenomenal concert. Ann, who usually sings lead vocals on most of their works, also plays several instruments. Nancy is more instrumentally talented than her sister in the number and variety of instruments she plays, and nearly as gifted vocally.
- Paul, Detroit, MI
Jefferson Mets Led Zeppelin. Beautiful
- Ben, NYC, MS
Heart is awesome.. chicks rocking out!
- AJ, Cleveland, GA
The above comments about "Magazine" are not correct. Heart left Mushroom Records after their porducer Mike Flicker left for CBS/Portrait. A rider in Heart's contract with Mushroom seemingly allowed this but Mushroom retailiated anyway by releasing - on their own - the unfinished recordings for what was intended to be the second LP for Mushroom - "Magazine". Rolf Hennemann did the final mixing of what had been recorded and added a few live tracks and on old completed recording from '73. Released in 1977, about 50,000 copies were pressed before Heart's lawsuit stopped it. Arista Records pressed some in Holland for the European market too. They were "recalled" from the stores and radio stations in the US and Canada, but many already sold. However the settlement was arrived at, Heart was able to re-mix and finish recording (including mostly new vocals) "Magazine" in the studio on March 6-9, 1978. Mushroom was allowed to re-release the LP in 1978. Mushroom went bankrupt in 1980. Mushroom Studios (called Can-Base during those "Dreamboat Annie" and "Magazine" recording sessions), the recording facility, is still in business.
- Joel, Baton Rouge, LA
The song "Magic Man" wasn't about Charles Manson. The song was about her (ann's) affiar with the guitarist mike fisher. thats what the song is all about.
love flower child
- gina, walnut cove, NC
Although I am a huge Heart fan, and think Ann has the greatest voice of all time. I have been always turned off by the fact Magic Man was written about Charles Manson. After all these years am I hearing this was not true? What a fool I have been.
- Jim, Oil City, PA
Ann and Nancy Wilson sold Bad Animals in Seattle back in 1997. Some of their staff engineers bought them out.
- Bryan, Colorado Springs, CO
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