The popular and influential rock band Heart can trace its origins all the way back to 1977 to the Seattle-area. Not long after hitting it big, Heart became synonymous with sisters Ann and Nancy Wilson (Ann sings while Nancy plays the guitar). The siblings have been Heart’s creative force and figureheads since the early 1970s.
Heart achieved worldwide fame in the mid to late 1970s with a hard rock sound that fused heavy metal and folk music. After a bit of a down period in the early 1980s, the band returned with gusto in the middle of the decade with a plethora of power ballads. These prom anthems practically defined the genre and once again made Heart a force to be reckoned with in the music industry. The band continued releasing albums into the 21st century—Jupiter’s Darling dropped in 2004 and Red Velvet Car came out in 2010—and performing Heart concerts all over the globe. In total, the band has sold over 30 million albums worldwide and hundreds of thousands of Heart concert tickets.
Ann and Nancy Wilson eventually joined Heart, a band they neither founded nor named, by the way of their boyfriends, also brothers, Roger and Mike Fisher. The band actually formed in Canada; Mike had moved to the Great White North as a draft dodger. Ann, paramour of Mike, became a part Heart in early 1973. Her sister, who would become romantically involved with Roger, joined in 1974. The band recorded their first album, Dreamboat Annie, in Canada. Mike Fisher, and subsequently Heart, was allowed back into the States after President Jimmy Carter pardon draft dodgers on Jan. 21, 1977. Neither Fisher brother made it to 1980 as either a member of Heart or as a significant other to the Wilson sisters.
Fans at Heart concerts are treated to many of the band’s greatest songs including “Magic Man,” “Crazy on You,” “Kick it Out,” and “Barracuda.” That last track was written after a reporter, during a backstage interview, insinuated that the sisters were sex partners. The incident greatly angered Ann but inspired her to write one of the band’s signature songs. Despite that episode, neither sister has ever had a problem admitting that their sex appeal has helped sell records and promote Heart tours.