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Heart pounded in the 70s

Magic Man, Crazy on You and Barracuda sealed their fate as one of Americas greatest rock bands

The American rock band Heart got their start in 1967 near Seattle, Washington. The first few years they found themselves changing their name several times. In the subsequent two years, they decided to alter their name to Hocus Pocus. In the year that followed, they decided to alter their name to White Heart, and then in 1973, a final change Heart. In the middle of the 1970s, founding members Roger Fisher (guitar) and Steve Fossen (bass guitar) were joined by Ann Wilson (lead vocals and flute), Nancy Wilson (rhythm guitar, vocals), Michael Derosier (drums), and Howard Leese (guitar, keyboards, and backing vocals) to form Heart’s lineup for its initial success period in the middle to late 1970s.  The band’s induction into the Rock & Roll Hall of Fame in 2013 was with the participation of these essential members. The bands influence in American radio was absolute.

Heart in 2010
Nancy and Ann Wilson: Source: Wiki

The band Heart grew to 70s radio prominence with music that was influenced not only by folk music but also by hard rock and heavy metal.  The band staged a return in the middle of the 1980s, which boosted big radio singles that continued into the 1990s. Despite the fact that the band’s popularity declined during the initial years with the new lineup, the band remained  successful far into the 1990s. The band Heart broke up in 1998, but since then they have reformed numerous times to continue performing and recording; the only members who have remained consistent are the Wilson sisters.  The songs “Magic Man” (1975), “Crazy on You” (1976), “Barracuda” (1977), “What About Love” (1985), and “Never” (1985), as well as the number one hits “These Dreams” (1986) and “Alone” (1990), are among the US Top 40 singles that Heart has released (1987).

Over the course of their career, Heart has racked up more than 35 million record sales across the globe, including nearly 22.5 million album sales in the United States alone. Throughout the 1970s, 1980s, 1990s, and 2010s, they have had albums that debuted in the top 10 on the Billboard 200 chart. Both VH1 and Ultimate Classic Rock listed Heart as number 57 on their lists of the “100 Greatest Artists of Hard Rock” and number 49 on their lists of the “Top 100 Classic Rock Artists.”  – Only 70s Radio

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