December 1, 2004

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Artist: Heart




Canadian Years:
Ann Wilson (lead vocals, guitar)
Nancy Wilson (guitar, lead and backing vocals)
John Hannah (keyboards)
Howard Leese (keyboards, guitar, backing vocals; replaced Hannah 1975)
Roger Fisher (guitar)
Steve Fossen (bass)
Brian Johnstone (drums)
Michael Derosier (drums; replaced Johnstone)

In 1971, the Seattle based act Hocus Pocus (which was originally called The Army, White Heart and briefly Heart) consisted of Steve Fossen (bass), Roger Fisher (guitar), David Belzer (keyboards) and Jeff Johnson (drums). When Ann Wilson joined in 1972, Mike Fisher, Roger Fisher's brother, was set to be drafted and quickly moved to Vancouver, British Columbia as a Vietnam draft dodger.

When Fisher slipped back into the USA to visit his family and his brother's band he finally met Ann Wilson and a romance bloomed. Ann Wilson decided to follow Mike Fisher back to Canada. Fossen followed in late 1972, and Roger Fisher followed soon after.

Ann's sister Nancy Wilson (guitar) joined in 1974 after dropping out of college and soon became involved with Roger Fisher. The new configuration re-adopted their earlier name of Heart and consisted of Ann Wilson, Nancy Wilson, Roger Fisher, Steve Fossen, Canadian John Hannah (keyboards), and Canadian Brian Johnstone (drums).

After many one-night shows around their new home in Vancouver the group recorded a demo tape with the assistance of producer Mike Flicker and session-guitarist and keyboard player, Howard Leese who had moved to British Columbia from the US to help Shelly Siegel set up his new record label and studio called Mushroom.

With Heart signed to Mushroom in 1975, Flicker and Leese recorded the debut album, 'Dreamboat Annie', with drummers Duris Maxwell (on loan from Jerry Doucette's band), Dave Wilson, Kat Hendrikse and Michael Derosier replacing the departed Johnstone. Keyboards were handled by Leese for the departed Hannah (who eventually wound up as Bryan Adams' live keyboardist).

With CHOM-FM in Montreal playing the album immediately, national airplay soon followed based on the deceptively labeled release as 'Canadian Content'. The album sold 30,000 copies across Canada within months. Mushroom capitalized on the band's US connection by releasing the LP stateside initially in the band's original home of Seattle where it sold another 25,000 copies. This was helped by two hit singles on both sides of the border - "Crazy on You" (which peaked at #20 in Canada) and "Magic Man" (which peaked at #16 in Canada). The 'Dreamboat Annie' album eventually sold over 1 million copies.

With U.S. President Jimmy Carter's campaign promise to give pardons to draft dodgers on his first day in office (January 21, 1977), Mike Fisher was able to return home and therefore Heart as well. Though they were in the midst of working on their follow-up album, an issue of royalties based on their track record on the first album's success was met with a cold shoulder from Mushroom Records. The band decided to break its deal with Mushroom to help expedite their exit back to the USA.

Once stateside, the group signed with CBS's subsidiary label Portrait Records out of New York. Mushroom's Shelly Siegel, furious at being stuck with an incomplete follow-up album, filed a lawsuit against the band and Portrait for breach of contract - including financial damages for recording costs already incurred.

To recoupe those costs he released the incomplete tracks for the 'Magazine' album hastily before Portrait could release their new Heart album entitled 'Little Queen'. Heart took Siegel to court to have 'Magazine' squashed and pulled from distribution, but a Seattle court ruled that Mushroom Records had the legal right to exploit the master tapes but had to give Heart the opportunity to complete the album with new vocals and remixes of crucial tracks before it could be put back on the market. The revised version of 'Magazine' found its way back onto store shelves in April 1978.

With the 'Little Queen' studio version of "Barracuda" hitting (#11 in the USA and #6 in Canada) in 1977, 'Magazine' - which contained a live version of the same track - allowed the album to peak in Billboard Magazine albums chart at #17 and achieved platinum status. The record also yielded the hit 'Heartless'.

Siegel died not long after this (some citing that it was caused by the stresses of the lawsuit) and Heart carried on as an international hit recording act until the late 1980s before disbanding and subsequently reuniting in the late 2000s.


Singles
1975 How Deep It Goes/Here Song (Mushroom) M-7008
1976 Magic Man/How Deep It Goes (Mushroom) M-7011
1976 Love Me Like Music I'll Be Your Song/Dreamboat Annie (Reprise) (Mushroom) M-7014
1976 Crazy On You/Dreamboat Annie (Mushroom) M-7021
1977 Dreamboat Annie/Sing Child (Mushroom) M-7023
1977 Barracuda/Cry To Me (Portrait/CBS) 6-70004
1977 Little Queen/Treat Me Well (Portrait/CBS) 6-70008
1978 Kick It Out/Go On Cry (Portrait) 6-70010
1978 Heartless/Just The Wine (Mushroom) M-7031
1978 Without You/Here Song (Mushroom) M-7035
1978 Magazine/Devil Delight (Mushroom) M-7043

Albums
1976 Dreamboat Annie (Mushroom) MRS-5005
1977 Magazine [unauthorized] (Mushroom) MRS-5008
1977 Little Queen (Portrait) PR-34799
1978 Magazine [remixed](Mushroom) MRS-5008
1997 These Dreams: Heart's Greatest Hits (Capitol) CDP-553376
1998 Greatest Hits (Sony) EK-69015
2001 Crazy on You (Universe - Germany) 3933
2002 The Essential Heart (Legacy) E2K-61557

Video


Compilation Tracks
1976 "Crazy On You" on 'Canada's Finest' (K-Tel) TC-232





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