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Sisters Ann (left) and Nancy Wilson in the early 1970s
Background information
Origin (Band formed) Vancouver, British Columbia, Canada
(Members from) Seattle, Washington, USA
Genres Rock, hard rock, folk rock
Years active 1973 – present
Labels Mushroom Records/Epic/Sony BMG/Portrait/Legacy (1976-1983)
EMI/Capitol (1985-1995)
Shout! Factory/Sovereign (2004-Present)
Website www.heart-music.com
Ann Wilson
Nancy Wilson
Ben Smith
Ric Markmann
Debbie Shair
Craig Bartock
Former members
See: Members and former members

Heart is a rock band whose founding members came from Seattle, Washington, USA in the early 1970s.[1][2][3][4][5][6][7][8][9] Going through several lineup changes, the only constant members of the group are sisters Ann and Nancy Wilson.[10] The group rose to fame in the 1970s with their music being influenced by hard rock as well as folk music. After diminishing in popularity by the mid-1980s, the band created a major comeback in 1985, experiencing further success with their power ballads throughout the rest of the decade. By the mid-1990s, Heart left their 1980s' sound and went back to their hard rock roots which they continue to play today. They have sold over 30 million albums worldwide.[11]

Heart was ranked #57 on VH1's "100 Greatest Artists of Hard Rock".[12]



Origins (1967–1974)

Steve Fossen, Roger Fisher, Mike Fisher

Heart prior to the Wilson sisters
White Heart / Heart promotional photo (1970)
(L-R) Gary Ziegelman, Ron Rudge, Ken Hansen, Roger Fisher, Steve Fossen, James Cirrello

In 1967 Steve Fossen formed The Army along with Roger Fisher on guitar, Don Wilhelm on guitar, keyboards and lead vocals, Ray Schaefer on drums. Fossen himself played the bass.[13] They played for several years in and around the Bothell, Washington area (northeast of Seattle). They frequently played Bothell High School, Inglemoor High School and Shorecrest High School, as well as many taverns and club venues. They frequented the club "Parker's" on Aurora Avenue in north Seattle during the 1970s when it was known as the "Aquarius Tavern". In 1969 the band went through line-up changes (Gary Ziegelman on lead vocals, Roger on guitar, Steve on bass, James Cirrello on guitar, Ron Rudge on drums, Ken Hansen on percussion,[13] and Debi Cuidon on vocals[citation needed]) and a new name, White Heart[13] (from Tales from the White Hart, a collection of short stories by Arthur C. Clarke). For a brief time in 1970 this line-up shortened its name to Heart; however, the band went through more personnel changes, and when Ann Wilson joined in late 1970, the band was named Hocus Pocus.[citation needed] Mike Fisher, Roger's brother, was set to be drafted. When he did not report for duty, his home was raided, but he slipped out a rear window, escaped to Canada and became a Vietnam War draft dodger.[1]

One day in 1971, Mike sneaked across the border to visit family and, by chance, met Ann at a Hocus Pocus show.[5] According to Nancy, that meeting was "when she and Michael fell in love"[1] and Ann decided to follow Mike back to Canada.[3][6] Steve Fossen finished his college education before he also decided to move to Canada in late 1972,[7][13][14] and Roger followed in late 1972 / early 1973,[5][7] and along with Mike and Ann, the band Heart was officially formed.[4][6][7] Nancy joined in 1974, and soon after became involved with Roger. In 1974 the Heart lineup consisted of Ann, Nancy, Roger, Steve, John Hannah (keyboards) and Brian Johnstone (drums).[citation needed]

Ann and Nancy Wilson

The Wilson sisters grew up in Southern California and Taiwan before their Marine Corps father retired to the Seattle suburbs. After Ann graduated from Sammamish High School in Bellevue, Washington, she joined Roger Fisher in the band Hocus Pocus where she met Roger's brother Mike in 1971,[5] and followed him back to Vancouver, British Columbia, Canada. Meanwhile, Nancy finished high school then went to college where she majored in art and German literature.[1] She then played solo gigs until 1974 when she quit college and moved to Canada to join Heart.[1][2]

Success (1975–1982)

After many one-night shows around their new home, the group recorded a demo tape with the assistance of producer Mike Flicker and session-guitarist and keyboard player, Howard Leese. Hannah and Johnstone had left by this time, and soon after Leese became a full-time member of the group. The same team then cut the debut album, Dreamboat Annie, which attracted the attention of the newly formed Mushroom Records in 1975, a Vancouver-based label run by Shelly Siegel. Drummers Duris Maxwell, Dave Wilson, Kat Hendrikse and Michael Derosier were among those who played on the sessions for the album. Derosier eventually joined them as their full-time drummer. Upon release in Canada, the album sold an impressive 30,000 copies. In the US, Siegel released the album first in Seattle where it quickly sold another 25,000 copies. With two hit singles, "Crazy on You" (#35, 1976) and "Magic Man" (#9, 1976),[15] Dreamboat Annie eventually sold over 1 million copies.

Mike Fisher was able to freely return to the United States with the members of Heart after President Jimmy Carter granted amnesty to Vietnam draft evaders upon taking office on January 21, 1977. By this time Heart had broken its contract with Mushroom Records and signed with CBS subsidiary Portrait, a move that resulted in a prolonged legal battle with Siegel. He released the partly-completed Magazine just before Portrait released Little Queen. A Seattle court ruled that Mushroom Records had to recall Magazine so that the group could remix several tracks and redo vocals before re-releasing the disc; Heart had wanted the album taken off the market completely.[citation needed] Hence, Magazine was released twice, both before and after Little Queen.

Nancy Wilson (left) and Roger Fisher on stage, 1978.

Little Queen, with the hit "Barracuda" (#11, 1977), became Heart's second million-seller. Ann and Nancy appeared on the cover of Rolling Stone in July 1977 (issue No. 244).[16]

Magazine was re-issued in early 1978, peaking in the top twenty and gave forth the hit single "Heartless". In late 1978, the double-platinum Dog and Butterfly followed suit. After the 77-city "Dog and Butterfly" tour, the Wilson-Fisher liaisons ended. Roger left the band in the fall of 1979 after having a breakdown on stage and throwing a guitar near Nancy's head backstage.[17] Michael was no longer their manager and left Ann for another woman.[17] Roger Fisher formed his own band in the Seattle area. Longtime guitarist Howard Leese and Nancy filled the guitar slack and her childhood friend Sue Ennis helped with song collaborations. Heart then released Bebe le Strange in 1980. It became the band's second top ten hit album and produced two hit singles. By the end of the year, the band scored their highest charted single at the time; a remake of the ballad "Tell it Like it Is" which peaked at #8.

Comeback (1983–1990)

Following the release of Private Audition in 1982, Fossen and Derosier left the band. Both Private Audition and 1983's Passionworks, (featuring new bassist Mark Andes and new drummer Denny Carmassi), failed to go gold[18] putting Heart at a career crossroads.

In 1984, Ann Wilson recorded a duet with Mike Reno of Loverboy called "Almost Paradise". The song was featured on the soundtrack of the movie Footloose and hit #7 on the pop charts. Then Heart's first album for Capitol, simply titled Heart (#1, 1985), sold 5 million copies on the strength of 4 Top-10 hits: "What About Love?" (#10, 1985), "Never" (#4, 1985), "These Dreams" (#1, 1986) and "Nothin' at All" (#10, 1986). By that time, Heart had abandoned their earlier hard rock aspirations to make slick, radio-friendly pop music.

In June 1986, Nancy Wilson married journalist, screenwriter and director Cameron Crowe. (She had made a cameo appearance in his movie, Fast Times at Ridgemont High in 1982, in a scene where she was driving a Corvette, listed as "Beautiful Girl In Car".) Heart's next album, Bad Animals (#2, 1987), also contained a chart-topper, in the power ballad "Alone" (#1, 1987), as well as "Who Will You Run To?" (#7, 1987), and "There's The Girl" (#12, 1987).

Despite their new success, Ann's weight gain was seen as a liability for the band. Record company executives and even band members began pressuring her to lose weight.[19] For their music videos, Ann was usually shown in close-up and wide shots wearing heavy clothes to hide her weight, and more focus was put on Nancy.[20]

In 1989, Ann Wilson and Cheap Trick's lead singer, Robin Zander, had a #6 hit with their duet, "Surrender to Me". Brigade (#3, 1990) became Heart's 6th multi-platinum LP and added three more Top-25 hits to its catalogue, the most notable of which was "All I Wanna Do Is Make Love to You" (#2 U.S.).


Following a 1990 tour, the Wilson sisters put together an informal acoustic group called The Lovemongers with Sue Ennis and Frank Cox.[21] A four-song EP that included a version of Led Zeppelin's "Battle of Evermore" came out in late 1992, and the quartet performed several times in the Seattle area. The Lovemongers released a full-length album titled Whirlygig in 1997.

Also in 1992, Ann sang with Alice in Chains on the songs "Brother", "Am I Inside" and "Love Song", from the EP Sap. When Heart re-emerged with Desire Walks On (#48) in 1993, Schuyler Deale played bass on the album's sessions. (Mark Andes had left the band by 1992). For the group's subsequent tour, Heart was joined by bassist Fernando Saunders and drummer Denny Fongheiser. The band offered live acoustic versions of its best-known songs on 1995's The Road Home, which was produced by Led Zeppelin's John Paul Jones.

In 1995 Nancy decided to take a break from music to concentrate on raising a family with husband Cameron Crowe. Ann toured that year with a band that was alternately called The Ann Wilson Band or Ann Wilson & the Ricola Brothers. This lineup included Leese, Scott Olson (guitars), Jon Bayless (bass) and Scott Adams (sax). Additionally, Lovemongers' members Ben Smith (drums) and Frank Cox (guitars, keyboards, percussion) performed in this lineup. They were joined by Nancy for at least one show at The Joint in Las Vegas on October 16, 1995, which was billed as a Heart show and later broadcast by the Westwood One Superstars in Concert series. A videotape of the show was also shown on VH1.


In 1998 Ann toured again without Nancy, this time billed as Ann Wilson and Heart. The lineup was the same as it had been in 1995, but without Scott Adams. This was long term band member Leese's last tour with Heart; he left the band later in the year. Nancy kept busy scoring her husband's movies Jerry Maguire, Almost Famous, Elizabethtown and Vanilla Sky. She wrote and, along with her husband, produced the song "I Fall Apart" in Vanilla Sky that Cameron Diaz performed, and also composed "Elevator Beat", a non-vocal composition for the film. In 1999 Nancy released a solo album, (Live at McCabe's Guitar Shop). Also in 1999, Nancy and Ann embarked on a tour of their own, this being the first time that they had done so.


Nancy and Ann Wilson playing at a charity concert for the Canary Foundation 28 July 2007

In 2002, Ann and Nancy returned to the road with a brand-new Heart lineup that included Scott Olson, Ben Smith, former Alice In Chains bassist Mike Inez, and keyboardist Tom Kellock. In 2003, Heart released their critically acclaimed[citation needed] concert DVD Alive in Seattle which has since been certified platinum by the RIAA.[22] The DVD includes such hits as "Alone", "Barracuda", "Crazy on You", "Magic Man", "Straight On", "These Dreams" and many more.

Also in 2003, Gilby Clarke (ex-Guns N' Roses) and Darian Sahanaja replaced Olson and Kellock. These two new men didn't stay very long and were succeeded in 2004 by Craig Bartok and Debbie Shair. (Sahanaja's schedule became very busy after he joined Brian Wilson's touring band, but he returned to play with Heart in 2007 for their "Dreamboat Annie Live" show.) In 2004 the Wilsons released Jupiter's Darling, their first studio album as Heart since 1993. It featured a variety of songs that include a return to Heart's original sound, as well as a blend of pop and new textures. Stand-out tracks included "Make Me", "Enough", "Oldest Story In The World" and "Lost Angel". In 2005 the Wilsons appeared on the CMT Music Awards as a special guest of country singer Gretchen Wilson, (no relation), and performed the Heart classic, "Crazy On You", with Gretchen. Also in 2005 Heart appeared in the finale episode of the second season of The L Word on Showtime (broadcast on On May 15, 2005), performing "Crazy on You".

Heart performed with Gretchen Wilson on VH-1's 10 March 2006 tribute to the band, "Decades Rock Live".[23] The special also featured Alice in Chains, Phil Anselmo, Dave Navarro, Rufus Wainwright and Carrie Underwood.[24] Later in the year, bass player Inez left Heart to re-join the reformed Alice In Chains. Ric Markman then became Heart's new bassist.


Heart was honored at the second annual VH1 Rock Honors (24 May 2007), and also performed along with Ozzy Osbourne, Genesis and ZZ Top. Gretchen Wilson and Alice in Chains honored the group by performing Barracuda. [1] This, along with the inclusion of "Crazy on You" in Guitar Hero II and "Barracuda" in the Guitar Hero III: Legends of Rock video game, renewed interest in Heart once again.

In September 2007, Ann Wilson released her first solo album, Hope & Glory. The album features guest appearances by Elton John, Alison Krauss, Nancy Wilson, k d lang, Wynonna Judd, Gretchen Wilson, Rufus Wainwright, Shawn Colvin, and Deana Carter, and was produced by Ben Mink (Barenaked Ladies, k d lang and Feist). Both Nancy Wilson and Roger Fisher commenced writing autobiographies, but no publication dates have yet been mentioned.[25]

Nancy and Ann Wilson performing in We Are the World: 25 for Haiti

Heart appeared on The Ellen DeGeneres Show on January 25, 2008 for Ellen's birthday show, and performed "Barracuda". Ellen played an intro to "Barracuda" on Guitar Hero in front of the audience before announcing Heart. On April 9, 2008, the band appeared on Idol Gives Back with Fergie, who sang "Barracuda" in harmony with Ann.[26] In mid 2008, Heart made a U.S. tour with Journey and Cheap Trick.

In July 2009, Heart were special guests on 15 dates of Journey's summer arena tour. They played at a number of venues, including Louisville's Freedom Hall, Nassau Veterans Memorial Coliseum, the Sovereign Center, Reno Events Center, and Taco Bell Arena.[citation needed] Heart also headlined a series of shows with The Bangles opening for them. Heart also headlined at the Verizon Wireless American Music Festival Labor Day 2009. They also wrote two songs ("Mine", "Civilian") with American female rock duo 78violet for their upcoming selftitled studio album.[27]

In January 2010, Nancy and Ann both took part in We Are the World: 25 for Haiti.

On March 5, 2010 Heart announced on their website that their new tour and album will be titled Red Velvet Car.


In addition to their own recording careers, the Wilson sisters have played a key role on the Seattle music scene. Among the groups who have recorded at their Bad Animals studio are R.E.M., Pearl Jam, Alice in Chains,[28] Soundgarden and Candlebox (all of whom have cited Heart as an influence).[citation needed]

"Heart's Heart: 20 Years of Rock & Roll" was the first CD-ROM multimedia biography/greatest hits package ever released.[citation needed]

Heart was one of the first mainstream rock bands where women were in complete creative control.[29] Their success helped influence other women in the hard rock and heavy metal genres including Lita Ford and Pat Benatar.[30][citation needed]


In 1977 Heart's record label, Mushroom Records, fueled rumors that Ann and Nancy were lesbian lovers by running a full-page ad in Rolling Stone showing the sisters bare-shouldered (as appearing on the "Dreamboat Annie" album cover) and suggestively captioned "It was only our first time". When a reporter suggested, backstage after a live appearance, that the sisters were sex partners, Ann returned to her hotel room and began writing the lyrics to "Barracuda" to relieve her frustration.[17] The song became one of Heart's biggest hits (#11, 1977).

Members and former members

Artist Instrument(s) Period
Fisher, MikeMike Fisher Manager, engineer, producer, light man, guitar (1973-74)[31] 1973-1979[31]
Fisher, RogerRoger Fisher Lead guitar, backing vocals 1973–1979[32]
Fossen, SteveSteve Fossen Electric bass guitar, percussion 1973–1982[33]
Hannah, JohnJohn Hannah Keyboards 1974
Johnstone, BrianBrian Johnstone Drums 1974
Wilson, AnnAnn Wilson Vocals (Lead vocals, backing vocals), flute, guitar, keyboards, percussion, violin, autoharp 1973–present[34]
Wilson, NancyNancy Wilson Vocals, guitar (acoustic guitars, electric guitars, lead guitar), mandolin, keyboards, synthesizers, harmonica 1974–present
DeRosier, MichaelMichael DeRosier Drums, percussion 1975–1982
Leese, HowardHoward Leese Guitars, keyboards, synthesizers, mandolin, recorder, autoharp, percussion, backing vocals 1975–1998
Andes, MarkMark Andes Electric bass guitar, backing vocals 1982–1992
Carmassi, DennyDenny Carmassi Drums, percussion 1982–1993
Deale, SchuylerSchuyler Deale Electric bass guitar 1993
Fongheiser, DennyDenny Fongheiser Drums, percussion 1993–1995
Saunders, FernandoFernando Saunders Electric bass guitar 1993–1995
Olson, ScottScott Olson Guitar 1995-1998,
Cox, FrankFrank Cox Guitar, keyboards, backing vocals 1995-1998
Adams, ScottScott Adams Sax 1995
Bayless, JohnJohn Bayless Electric bass guitar 1995-1998
Kellock, TomTom Kellock Keyboards, synthesizers 2002-2003
Smith, BenBen Smith Drums 1995-1998,
Inez, MikeMike Inez Electric bass guitar 2002–2006
Clarke, GilbyGilby Clarke Guitar 2003-2004
Sahanaja, DarianDarian Sahanaja Keyboards, synthesizers 2003–2004,
Bartock, CraigCraig Bartock Guitar 2004–present
Shair, DebbieDebbie Shair Keyboards, synthesizers 2004–present
Markmann, RicRic Markmann Electric bass guitar 2006–present (studio recording 2009)
Attard, KristianKristian Attard Electric bass guitar 2009–present
Hemphill III, AlbertAlbert Hemphill III Theremin 2009–present


Heart songs in other media

For lists of cover versions of individual songs, and of their appearances in other media, refer to the individual pages of the songs themselves. (A list of Heart's songs pages appears at Category:Heart songs.)

Other appearances in other media of Heart's songs include:

See also

References and notes


  1. ^ a b c d e Kelly, Maura Interview with Nancy Wilson, The Believer, August 2007. Retrieved 2008-10-01.
  2. ^ a b Bergman, Julie Guitar Queen of Heart, cover story, Acoustic Guitar, September 1999, No. 81.
  3. ^ a b Wilson, Ann. Dreamboat Annie Live, DVD interview 2007.
  4. ^ a b Fisher, Roger. Solo acoustic show, Q&A. 2007 It was a really magical relationship, it was uncanny. Living up in Vancouver BC for 5 years, putting Heart together up there.
  5. ^ a b c d Fisher, Roger. Interview 2008.
  6. ^ a b c Loder, Kurt. Making Music to the Northern Lights, Circus Magazine. November 1977. Roger Fisher on brother Mike Fisher: Then he moved to Canada, we got Ann, she met my brother, they fell in love, and so we moved up to Canada too, and put the band together up there about six years ago.
  7. ^ a b c d Little Queen tour program: In 1972, the core of Heart came together in Vancouver, B.C.
  8. ^ Little Queen tour program: In 1974, two years after Roger, Steve and Ann had moved to Vancouver, Nancy left school and joined them.
  9. ^ The Second Ending. A KWSU-TV, Pullman, WA, television show first broadcast on April 9, 1976. Ann Wilson speaks from the stage and says "We only have time for one more I think, so we're gonna do a song that, um, was our first single up in Canada. Oh by the way, we're from Canada. We're from Vancouver BC, in case you haven't heard this yet. We're just starting to ooze down across the border now you see".
  10. ^ Although Ann & Nancy are the only constant members, Howard Leese played guitars, keyboards, synthesizers and provided backing vocals for 22 years from 1975 to 1997.
  11. ^ To quote http://www.heart-music.com/bio/bio.asp, they have "to date, yielded sales of well over 30 million albums with more than 20 Top-40 hits and live shows that sell out stadiums whenever and wherever [they perform]".
  12. ^ VH1's "100 Greatest Artists of Hard Rock" - episode 36 of The Greatest (TV series), 2005-08-11.
  13. ^ a b c d Fossen, Steve
  14. ^ Bebe Le Strange Epic Records Press Kit. 1980. Steve Fossen was a founding member of Heart in 1972 and 1973 after completing his music major in college.
  15. ^ According to Hollywood Insider, Feb., 1976, "Magic Man" was written about love interest Herbert L. Becker.
  16. ^ Ann & Nancy Wilson on the cover of Rolling Stone issue No. 244, July 28th, 1977.
  17. ^ a b c Refer to the episode of "VH1 Behind the Music" which follows the career of "The First Sisters of Rock & Roll". More information about this episode can be found at - Heart episode
  18. ^ A gold record is 500,000 copies sold.
  19. ^ Interview. Ann Wilson discusses the pressure put on her to lose weight for the band.
  20. ^ Ann and Nancy Wilson in VH1: Behind the Music.
  21. ^ In the liner notes of Heart's Greatest Hits 1985-1995, it is stated that the name "Lovemongers" came in response to the then forthcoming Persian Gulf War, "Lovemonger" being the opposite of "Warmonger".
  22. ^ Platinum status requires one million in sales.
  23. ^ Heart - In Concert, 10 March 2006, Decades Rock Live.
  24. ^ Decades Rock, TV Guide, 1-7 May 2006.
  25. ^ Roger Fisher discusses forthcoming autobiographies being written by Nancy Wilson and by himself.
  26. ^ Idol Gives Back, Americanidol.com
  27. ^ Sophia, Gino (15 November 2009). "Info on the new album". 78violet Reaction. http://www.78-violet.com/music/newalbum.php. Retrieved January 16, 2010. 
  28. ^ Interview - Alice in Chains, Alice in Chains speaks about Heart’s influence, Decades Rock Confidential.
  29. ^ Interview. In VH1: Behind The Music, Pearl Jam's manager Kelly Curtis and the narrator make the point that the band was the first with women in full creative control.
  30. ^ Pat Benatar came out only 3 years after the group and she had been influenced by others.
  31. ^ a b Other than being Roger Fisher's brother and, for a period, Ann Wilson's boyfriend, it is difficult to verify Mike Fisher's role(s) in the band. Prior to Nancy Wilson joining, it has been suggested he was guitarist for Army[citation needed] and White Heart[citation needed]. It appears that Nancy took over his role as guitarist[citation needed], and he ceased his role as a musician, taking on one or more of the roles of engineer, producer, manager and light man.[citation needed] There are no musical credits for him on any of the Heart albums. For example, on the Dreamboat Annie album sleeve, he is credited as "Special Direction". In the "VH1 Behind the Music" interview, Ann refers to him as the group's manager, but there is no other supporting evidence. In an entry dated 22 March 2008 on Roger Fisher's "Questions & Replies" page (http://www.rogerfisher.com/qr.html) in response to the question, "I've often wondered how Ann & Nancy wound up with the name Heart when it was your band in the first place?", Roger replies: "The answer is detailed in my book. In a nutshell, when brother Mike was happily with Ann, and Nance and I were happily together, the Heart Partnership was formed. Mike and I, in our wisdom, insisted the girls be given 51% of the rights in the partnership." However, other than supporting that Mike was part of "the Heart Partnership", it does nothing to confirm Mike's role(s), and the dates he performed those roles.
  32. ^ Member of Army and White Heart 1967–70 and member of Hocus Pocus 1970-71 with Ann Wilson
  33. ^ Member of Army and White Heart 1967–70
  34. ^ Member of Hocus Pocus 1970-71
  35. ^ Darian Sahanaja rejoined the group in 2007 for the "Dreamboat Annie: live" concert.


  • Jake Brown, Heart: In the Studio, Ecw Press (June 1, 2008), ISBN 1550228315

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Sisters Ann (left) and Nancy Wilson in the early 1970s
Background information
Origin Seattle, Washington, USA and
Vancouver, British Columbia, Canada
Genres Rock, Hard rock, Pop rock, Folk rock
Years active 1973 – present
Labels Mushroom, Portrait, Epic, Capitol, Sovereign Artists, Sony
Website www.heart-music.com
Ann Wilson, lead vocals (1973-)

Nancy Wilson, guitars (1974-)
Ben Smith, drums (1995-1998,2002–)
Debbie Shair, keyboards (2004-)
Craig Bartock, guitar (2004-)
Ric Markmann, bass guitar (2006-)

Former members
Mike Fisher, manager (1973-1979)

Roger Fisher, lead guitar (1973–1979)
Steve Fossen, bass guitar (1973–1982)
John Hannah, keyboards (1974)
Brian Johnstone, drums (1974)
Michael DeRosier, drums (1975–1982)
Howard Leese, (1975–1998)
Mark Andes, bass guitar (1982–1992)
Denny Carmassi, drums (1982–1993)
Schuyler Deale, bass guitar (1993)
Denny Fongheiser, drums (1993–1995)
Fernando Saunders, bass (1993–1995)
Scott Olson, guitar (1995-1998)
Frank Cox, guitar, keyboards (1995-1998)
Scott Adams, saxophone (1995)
John Bayless, bass guitar (1995-1998)
Tom Kellock, keyboards (2002-2003)
Mike Inez, bass guitar (2002–2006)
Scott Olson, guitar (2002-2003)
Gilby Clarke, guitar (2003-2004)
Darian Sahanaja, keyboards

Heart is rock band which started in Seattle in the 1960s. It became famous with the release of "Dreamboat Annie" in 1976 when the band-members were living in Vancouver.

Heart was started by Steve Fossen and brothers Roger and Mike Fisher in Seattle. Ann Wilson joined the band in Seattle in 1970. Nancy Wilson joined the band in 1974. From then, Ann and Nancy wrote almost all of the band's songs. From 1976, the band was very successful, and sold many millions of records.

Ann Wilson was the lead singer and sometimes played the flute. Roger Fisher played the lead guitar and sang. Steve Fossen played the bass guitar. Nancy Wilson played lots of different types of guitar and sang. Mike Fisher managed the band and also looked after the sound and the lights. In 1975 some extra people joined the band. Michael DeRosier played the drums. Howard Leese played lots of different instruments and stayed with the band until 1998.

The Fisher brothers left the band in 1979. Steve Fossen and Michael DeRosier left the band in 1982. Denny Carmassi played the drums, Mark Andes played the bass guitar, and Nancy Wilson played the lead guitar. The band did not do much in the 1990s, but Ann & Nancy started doing things again in the early 2000s. Since then, the band has made lots of appearances in public and on TV.

Their best known song is called Barracuda. It was written in 1977 by Ann and Nancy Wilson, Michael DeRosier, Sue Ennis (a friend of Ann and Nancy) and Roger Fisher. Many people have paid these five people money so that they are allowed to use the song. Some of the places it has been and used are:

  • 2000 - the American TV series "Friends"
  • 2000 - the American movie "Charlie's Angels"
  • 2002 - the American TV series "King of the Hill"
  • 2004 - the American TV series "The Sopranos"
  • 2004 - the American TV series "Reno 911!"
  • 2004 - the computer game "Grand Theft Auto: San Andreas"
  • 2005 - the live album A Radical Recital by the group "Rasputina"
  • 2007 - the American movie "Shrek the Third" (The song is sung by "Fergie" from the "Black Eyed Peas")
  • 2007 - the computer game "Guitar Hero III: Legends of Rock"
  • 2008 - during a TV commercial for the Honda "Odyssey" car

and in lots and lots of other places.



The band's first album went on sale in 1976. It was given the name "Dreamboat Annie". A lot of men and women and other people liked the album and more than one million (1,000,000) people bought a copy of it. The album had the ballads "How Deep It Goes" and "(Love Me Like Music) I'll Be Your song." In addition it had the songs "Magic Man" and "Crazy On You". After lots of people had bought copies of the "Dreamboat Annie" album, Heart changed to a new record company.

Their second album in 1977 was given the name "Little Queen". It had the hard rock song "Barracuda". "Barracuda" and "Dreamboat Annie" are Heart's best known early songs.

A third album was called "Magazine". It was given to the shops by the old record company before "Little Queen" was made. Heart did not like this, and wanted all copies of "Magazine" to be destroyed. They took the old record company to court. The judge ordered that the old record company must stop selling the album. The judge also ordered that Heart must make a new album for the old record company. This new album was also called "Magazine". It was given to the shops after "Little Queen" was made.

In 1978, the band released "Dog & Butterfly". It was very different in musical style from the first three albums. Sue Ennis was a friend of Ann and Nancy Wilson. She helped write a lot of the songs on "Dog & Butterfly". Two of the songs were named "Straight On" and "Dog & Butterfly". Heart did not sell as many copies of this album. The next two or three albums were not very good. Roger Fisher and Steve Fossen left the band.

In 1985 the band had new people in it, and had a new record company. They made an album called "Heart", and it sold lots of copies. The sort of music that Heart played was different. In the 1970s, the music was hard rock. In the 1980s the music was Top 40 pop. Some of the songs were "These Dreams", "What About Love", "Alone" and "All I Want To Do Is Make Love To You".

In the 1990s, as well as performing and touring as Heart, the Wilson sisters started another band with Sue Ennis. They called this band "The LoveMongers". The also set up a recording studio in Seattle which they called "Bad Animals". Bad Animals is also the name of an album they made in 1987

In 1999, Nancy made a solo album called "Live at McCabes Guitar Shop". In 2007, Ann made a solo album called "Hope & Glory".

Roger Fisher also continues to perform, and has recorded and released several albums of his own.

Heart have made a lot of records. You can see a list of them at en:Heart discography.

Studio albums

  • 1976 - Dreamboat Annie
  • 1977 - Little Queen
  • 1978 - Magazine
  • 1978 - Dog and Butterfly
  • 1980 - Bebe le Strange
  • 1982 - Private Audition
  • 1983 - Passionworks
  • 1985 - Heart
  • 1987 - Bad Animals
  • 1990 - Brigade
  • 1993 - Desire Walks On
  • 2004 - Jupiter's Darling

Live albums

  • 1980 - Greatest Hits Live
  • 1991 - Rock the House! Live
  • 1995 - The Road Home
  • 2003 - Alive in Seattle
  • 2007 - Dreamboat Annie Live

Compilation & Holiday albums

  • 1997 - These Dreams: Heart's Greatest Hits
  • 1998 - Greatest Hits
  • 2000 - Greatest Hits: 1985-1995
  • 2001 - Heart Presents A Lovemongers' Christmas
  • 2002 - The Essential Heart
  • 2006 - Love Songs
  • 2008 - Playlist: The Very Best of Heart


  • 1976
    • "Crazy on You" (Album: Dreamboat Annie)
    • "Magic Man" (Album: Dreamboat Annie)
    • "Dreamboat Annie"(Album: Dreamboat Annie)
  • 1977
    • "(Love Me Like Music) I'll Be Your Song" (Little Queen)
    • "Barracuda" (Little Queen)
    • "Little Queen" (Little Queen)
    • "Kick it Out" (Little Queen)
    • "Love Alive" (Little Queen)
  • 1978
    • "Crazy on You" (re-issue) (Dreamboat Annie)
    • "Heartless" (Magazine)
    • "Straight On" (Dog and Butterfly)
  • 1979
    • "Dog and Butterfly" (Dog and Butterfly)
    • "Magazine" (Magazine)
    • "Without You" (Magazine)
  • 1980
    • "Even it Up" (Bebe le Strange)
    • "Bebe le Strange" (Bebe le Strange)
    • "Break" (Bebe le Strange)
    • "Raised on You" (Bebe le Strange)
    • "Sweet Darlin'" (Bebe le Strange)
    • "Tell it Like it Is" (Greatest Hits Live)
  • 1981
    • "Unchained Melody" (Greatest Hits Live)
  • 1982
    • "This Man Is Mine" (Private Audition)
    • "City's Burning" (Private Audition)
    • "Bright Light Girl" (Private Audition)
  • 1983
    • "The Situation" (Private Audition)
    • "How Can I Refuse?" (Passionworks)
    • "Sleep Alone" (Passionworks)
    • "Allies" (Passionworks)
  • 1984
    • "The Heat" (Up the Creek soundtrack)
  • 1985
    • "What About Love" (Heart )
    • "Never" (Heart )
  • 1986
    • "These Dreams" (Heart )
    • "Nothin' at All" (Heart )
    • "If Looks Could Kill" (Heart )
  • 1987
    • "Alone" (Bad Animals)
    • "Who Will You Run To" (Bad Animals)
    • "There's the Girl" (Bad Animals)
  • 1988
    • "I Want You So Bad" (Bad Animals)
    • "Wait for an Answer" (Bad Animals)
    • "Never" / "These Dreams" (Heart)
    • "What About Love"
    • "Nothin' at All" (Heart)
  • 1990
    • "All I Wanna Do Is Make Love to You" (Brigade)
    • "Wild Child" (Brigade)
    • "Tall, Dark, Handsome Stranger" (Brigade)
    • "I Didn't Want to Need You" (Brigade)
    • "Stranded" (Brigade)
  • 1991
    • "Secret" (Brigade)
    • "You're the Voice" (Rock the House! Live)
  • 1993
    • "Black on Black II" (Desire Walks On )
    • "Will You Be There (In the Morning)" (Desire Walks On )
  • 1994
    • "Back to Avalon" (Desire Walks On )
    • "The Woman in Me" (Desire Walks On )
  • 1995
    • "Alone" (The Road Home)
    • "The Road Home" (The Road Home)
  • 1998
    • "Strong, Strong Wind" (Greatest Hits)
  • 2004
    • "The Perfect Goodbye" (Jupiter's Darling)
    • "Oldest Story in the World" (Jupiter's Darling)
    • "Make Me" (Jupiter's Darling)

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