Heart: My Salute to The Women of Rock
It's Monday that means it's time to honor the women who rock! Today it's the Wilson sisters of Heart. Here are some interesting facts you may not have known about the band.
1. Ann once worked for Kentucky Fried Chicken. She thought of sending a platinum record to the restaurant's mascot, Colonel Sanders, because if she hadn't been fired, the group might not have been formed.
2. Shortly before Heart's '80s resurgence, Nancy Wilson played "beautiful girl in car" in the movie Fast Times at Ridgemont High. She had no dialogue, but did manage to marry the screenwriter, Cameron Crowe, in 1986. They had twin boys in 2000 and separated in 2008.
3. In 1977, the band gained popularity with the hits "Barracuda," "Kick It Out" and "Little Queen." Their third album Magazine was stillborn following the demise of Mushroom Records but was saved from the scrap heap by CBS Records who accommodated the band by reissuing it along with a now rare picture disc. The owner of Mushroom was so angry that he released Magazine to keep their Little Queen album from selling well. A judge ruled that he had to allow the band to remix the album and rerecord parts of it. Heart wanted it completely removed from the market.
4. They used to own a studio in Seattle called Bad Animals. Soundgarden, REM, and Pearl Jam have all recorded there.
5. When the band formed, they were known as The Army, and later White Heart. Nancy Wilson joined after she finished college in 1974 and the band was re-christened Heart.