Heart rocks

1 Aug
The classic and controversial Heart album cover.

The classic and controversial Heart album cover.

Hello and welcome to August, that long Sunday night before winter.

Looking back, we realize we only posted once in July. We’ll try to make August a bit more eventful.

We thought we’d kick off with two of My Pub’s favorite musicians, Ann and Nancy Wilson.

The sisters, who hail from the Seattle area, are the principal writers, performers and face of the band Heart, which has seen successive hits every decade since the early 1970s. The hits “Magic Man,” (My Pub’s all-time favorite) “Barracuda,” “Crazy on You,” and “Dog and Butterfly,” play prominently in the soundtrack of My Pub’s life.

Much information is available on Ann and Nancy, who also have a star on Hollywood’s Walk of Fame, and have been inducted in the Rock & Roll Hall of Fame, so we’ll only feature highlights here:

  • The song “Magic Man” is NOT about that whack job Charles Manson, as so many of you have been led to believe. Nancy and Ann are too grounded to have spent anytime with a creepy ex-con skilled in the art of brainwashing and murder conspiracy. The Wilson BROTHERS, as in the ones from the Beach Boys, did write songs with Charles Manson before he was sentenced to life in prison. Ann and Nancy are not related to the Beach Boy brothers.
  • The song “Magic Man” is about Michael Fisher, a former Heart bandmate with whom Ann had a relationship. Ann’s mother was concerned about the situation and was there for Ann, when it turned into the exact disaster she predicted it would.
  • Both sisters are adept at guitar, but Nancy really made it come alive. In her early days, audience members accused her of not having her guitar plugged in, essentially faking it while the male guitar players created real music.
  • Not only is Nancy a great guitar player, she wrote the original music for the movie “Almost Famous,” the score for “Jerry Maguire,” and played or wrote pieces for other Cameron Crowe films, such as “Say Anything,” and “Fast Times at Ridgemont High.”
  • Nancy was married to Crowe. They had two children before divorcing.
  • Many got the wrong idea of the Dreamboat Annie album cover, pictured here. Nancy and Ann were accused of having an incestuous lesbian relationship. My Pub never saw that, but apparently others did.)
  • The sisters admit to substance abuse issues mid career, and have since cleaned up their acts.
  • Ann has struggled with her weight since childhood.
  • A British film director told Nancy this: “Dahling, you’ve got the ass and Ann’s got the face, so we’ll just shoot your body and we’ll shoot her face.”
  • The first A-lister they opened for was Rod Stewart.
  • As part of their 2013 Rock & Roll Hall of Fame induction, Ann and Nancy performed “Stairway to Heaven,” as a tribute to the legendary Led Zeppelin.

(NOTE: In earlier posts, My Pub states that she is sure her next title will be Mrs. Roger Daltrey. However, should that not pan out, i.e. she turns down his marriage proposal for whatever reason, she is sure Robert Plant will be waiting in the wings. We’ll break that story as it happens.)

We’ll sign off with this youtube video of a classic hit performed by classic chicks. Enjoy.

xo, LMA

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8 Responses to “Heart rocks”

  1. onespoiledcat August 1, 2014 at 10:54 am #

    I have ALWAYS loved “Heart”……..beautiful voices and music……….

    Pam (and Sam)

    • Louisa May Alcatt August 1, 2014 at 10:56 am #

      So true, it was hard to decide which youtube video to feature, but in the end, we think we made the right choice, xo LMA

  2. Bruce Thiesen August 3, 2014 at 5:16 pm #

    Hi LMA. Always good to see a SK post. There seems to be a British mod vocalist theme here.

  3. LB August 12, 2014 at 12:47 pm #

    Okay 3 things:
    1. I cannot believe that album cover would lead people to think the sisters had an incestuous relationship.
    2. I dislike the director who commented about the ass and the face.
    3. Definitely Roger Daltrey (those curls!) but love Robert Plant, too!

  4. Juan Louer September 28, 2014 at 12:08 am #

    There’s only one problem with Magic Man; The first few hundred jackets of Dreamboat Annie all had in tiny letters on the reverse side of the jacket at the lower corner “Proceeds of this album go to the defense of Charles Manson.” This is a true fact, I’ve seen it and so have may friends and family. These albums circulated in the Cleveland area soldl by major record shops. You can seill find them in classic record shops if you care to. The sisters made a mistake that they refuse to asknowledge. Because of this, “magic Man” certainly does fit the profile of the monster, including the dark tone of the song, which some have said used licks from some of Manson’s songs. That can’t be verified, but the album reference to his defense is hard evidence that is still out there.

    • Louisa May Alcatt September 30, 2014 at 7:34 am #

      thanks for the info, Juan. We will check that out and update as necessary. Also, many thanks for stopping by, xo LMA

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