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Heart Biography

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Birth Place: (Band formed) Vancouver, British Columbia, Canada, (Members from) Seattle, Washington, USA
Years Active: 1973–present
Genres: Rock, Hard Rock, Folk Rock, Pop

Heart is a rock band whose founding members came from Seattle, Washington, USA in the early 1970s. Going through several lineup changes, the only constant members of the group are sisters Ann and Nancy Wilson. 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 for a couple of years in the early 80s, the band enjoyed a massive comeback in 1985, experiencing further successes with their power ballads and pop hits throughout the rest of that decade and into the 90s.

Their debut album “Dreamboat Annie” was released in 1975 and sold an impressive 30,000 copies across Canada in its first few months. In the US, Siegel released the album first in the Seattle area where it quickly sold another 25,000 copies. With two hit singles, "Crazy on You" (#35, 1976) and "Magic Man" (#9, 1976), “Dreamboat Annie” eventually sold over 1 million copies. “Little Queen,” with the hit "Barracuda" (#11, 1977), became Heart's second million-seller.

The previously produced “Magazine” was re-issued in April 1978, with a re-ordered tracklisting, remixed and re-recorded versions of all tracks and peaked in the top twenty. It achieved platinum status and gave forth the Top 20 hit single "Heartless".

In late 1978, the double-platinum “Dog and Butterfly” followed suit garnering ecstatic critical reviews, and yielded top 30 hits with its title song and "Straight On".

Heart then released “Bebe le Strange” in 1980. It became the band's second top ten album peaking at #5 and achieving gold status, and yielding the Top 40 hit "Even It Up". 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.

Both 1982’s “Private Audition” and 1983's “Passionworks,” failed to go gold. “Passionworks” featured the Top 50 hit "How Can I Refuse" and the minor hits "Allies" and "Sleep Alone".

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). A fifth single, the metallic "If Looks Could Kill" also charted. Commercially, the album was a smash hit that far exceeded all their previous efforts with sales reaching quintuple platinum, after a previous lull.

Heart's next album, “Bad Animals” (#2, 1987), continued the power ballad theme that defined much of 80's pop. It also contained a chart-topper, "Alone" (#1, 1987), as well as "Who Will You Run To?" (#7, 1987), "There's The Girl" (#12, 1987) and "I Want You So Bad" (#47, 1988), and also became the band's first top 10 album success in the UK.

Completing the comeback was “Brigade” (#3, 1990) which became Heart's 6th multi-platinum LP and added three more Top-25 hits to its catalogue: "All I Wanna Do Is Make Love to You" (#2 U.S.), "Stranded" (#12 U.S.) and "I Didn't Want to Need You" (#24 U.S.). Three other album cuts, "Secret", "Wild Child" and "Tall Dark Handsome Stranger" were Rock chart hits and received considerable airplay on US hard rock and heavy metal stations. “Brigade” was the band's highest charting album ever in the UK, reaching #3.

Heart re-emerged with “Desire Walks On” (#48) in 1993, which included the hard rock/metal radio hit "Black on Black II" as well as the Top 40 hit "Will You Be There (In the Morning)" (#39, 1994).

In 2004 the Wilsons released “Jupiter's Darling,” their first studio album as Heart since 1993. It featured a variety of songs that included a return to Heart's original hard rock sound, as well as a blend of pop and new textures. Stand-out tracks included "Make Me", "Enough", "Oldest Story In The World" (#22 Billboard Rock Airplay, 2004) and "Lost Angel".

On August 31, 2010 a long-awaited new studio album entitled “Red Velvet Car” was released. “Red Velvet Car “debuted at #10 on the Billboard Album chart for the week of September 11, 2010, making it the highest debut ever for a Heart album and their first top 10 album success in 20 years, after 1990's “Brigade.” The album also debuted at #3 on Billboard's Rock Album chart.

In 2009 the Wilson sisters were also awarded ASCAP's Founders Award in recognition of their 35-year songwriting career. To date, Heart has sold over 35 million albums worldwide. Heart has achieved Top 10 albums on the Billboard charts in the 1970s, 1980s, 1990s, and now 2010 with chart singles in each decade. This span of five decades places them among the most commercially enduring hard rock acts of all time.