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Ann and Nancy Wilson of Heart (Band)

Updated on May 5, 2016

The Talented Wilson Sisters of the Band called Heart

The band called Heart is a combination hard rock and folk music band that found success in the mid-1970's when sisters Ann and Nancy Wilson joined the group.

Their hits continued strong until the mid-1980's. This band is my all-time favorite band of that era. Strong women role models, the Wilson sisters are the most respected and talented women in rock history.

Ann Wilson and Nancy Wilson showed the world that women can rock just as good as any man band. Heart stormed the charts in the 1970's with hits like "Crazy on You, "Magic Man, "Barracuda, "Straight On, "Even It Up, "Kick It Out," and the list goes on. They continued topping the charts in the 1980's with hits like "These Dreams," "Alone," "What About Love," "If Looks Could Kill," and "Never." During their extraordinary career, Heart has sold more than 30 million records, and had 21 top 40 hits. The Wilson sisters are the only constant members of the original group.

In July 2009, Heart was the special guests on 15 dates of Journey's summer arena tour. They had played at a number of venues, including Louisville's Freedom Hall,Nassau Veterans Memorial Coliseum, the Sovereign Center, Reno Events Center, and Taco Bell Arena. Heart headlined a series of shows when The Bangles opened for them.

Even now Ann and Nancy Wilson are still making good old fashion rock n' roll together.

Heart Greatest Hits 1985-1995

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Heart Music is available on Amazon

The GREATEST HITS 1985-1995 is available on a audio CD. It is also available on downloadable MP3 versions of each of the 18 songs from this album. You can listen to samples of these songs before you buy, visit Greatest Hits of Ann and Nancy Wilson of Heart blog to check out the CD and MP3's on Amazon.

Debut Album Dreamboat Annie - Success of Heart in the 70s

Dreamboat Annie is the debut album of Heart, released in 1976. Producer Mike Flicker of Mushroom Records, a newly formed Canadian label, helped the group to polish their sound. After a big hit in Canada, Mushroom Records formed a U.S. division and released Dreamboat Annie in the Seattle area. This is where the sisters went to high school after moving around as a military family.

Dreamboat Annie is available to check out

from the blog link above and towards the bottom.

Personnel album credits

  • Ann Wilson - lead & background vocals, flute, acoustic guitar on track 9, violin
  • Nancy Wilson - guitar, 12 string guitar & background vocals, piano
  • Roger Fisher - guitars
  • Howard Leese - guitars, keyboards, percussion & background vocals
  • Michael DeRosier - drums on tracks 6 and 8
  • Steve Fossen - bass
  • Dave Wilson- drums on track 1
  • Kat Hendrikse- drums on tracks 3, 4, 5, 7 & 10
  • Duris Maxwell- drums on track 9
  • Brian Newcombe- bass on track 9
  • Ray Ayotte- percussion
  • Rob Deans- keyboards
  • Geoff Foubert- banjo & background vocals
  • Mike Flicker- timpani
  • Tessie Bensussen- background vocals
  • Jim Hill- background vocals
  • Patrick Collins- mastering
  • Rofl Henneman- engineering

Track listing of Dreamboat Annie

All songs were written by Ann Wilson & Nancy Wilson except as noted:

1. "Magic Man" - 5:28

2. "Dreamboat Annie (Fantasy Child)" - 1:10

3. "Crazy on You" - 4:53

4. "Soul of the Sea" - 6:33

5. "Dreamboat Annie" - 2:02

6. "White Lightning & Wine" - 3:53

7. "(Love Me Like Music) I'll Be Your Song" - 3:20

8. "Sing Child" (A. Wilson, N. Wilson, Steve Fossen, Roger Fisher) - 4:55

9. "How Deep It Goes" (A. Wilson) - 3:49

10. "Dreamboat Annie (Reprise)" - 3:50

Out of the songs, "Crazy on You", "Magic Man" and "Dreamboat Annie" released in 1976 were the highest released singles.

Dreamboat Annie Video

Success of Heart in the 70s

Rolling Stone Cover of Ann & Nancy Wilson / Rolling Stone Magazine Vol. 244, July 28, 1977, Art Print

In 1977 Heart's record label, fueled rumors that Ann and Nancy were lesbian lovers by running a full-page ad in Rolling Stone, a United States-based magazine.

Showing the sisters bare-shouldered and suggestively captioned "It was only our first time". When a reporter suggested, backstage after a live appearance, that the sisters were sex partners, Ann returned to her hotel room and began writing the lyrics to "Barracuda" to relieve her frustration. The song became one of Heart's biggest hits (#11, 1977).

Heart: Live

Great Ann And Nancy Wilson Of Heart Treasures

Editorial Reviews:

Join Heart, the revolutionary rock band fronted by sisters Ann and Nancy Wilson, as they bring passion and energy to an explosive 23-song set that touches on every era of their awe-inspiring career--from Dreamboat Annie’s “Magic Man” and “Crazy on You” to the ’80s hits “These Dreams” and “Alone.” Rounding out this definitive live performance are tracks from Heart’s album, Jupiter’s Darling, plus rare covers of Led Zeppelin’s “Misty Mountain Hop” and Elton John’s “Love Song.”

Song List: Bebe Le Strange, Fallen Ones, Make Me, Even It Up, Dog and Butterfly, Alone, Things, Love Alive, Enough, Barracuda, Black Dog, Misty Mountain Hop, Sand, Kick It Out, Straight On, Oldest Story In The, World, Perfect Goodbye, These Dreams, The Battle of Evermore, Love Song, Lost Angel, Magic Man, Crazy On You

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Top Songs of Heart in the 80s

Remember the 80's?

Top Heart Songs of the '80s:

1. "If Looks Could Kill" 1985

2. "What About Love?" 1985

3. "Never" 1985

4. "Nothin' At All" 1985

5. "These Dreams" 1985

6. "Who Will You Run To" 1987

7. "Alone" 1987

If Looks Could Kill (Live 1990)

These Dreams and MTV

MTV videos rock America

The 70's and 80's were the best time for rock music. MTV videos began in America on August 1, 1981, airing rock music videos 24 hours a day seven days a week. There you would see bands with long flowing curly hair from both sexes. Many artists had wild perms to give it that extra fullness. MTV had the immediate interest of 16-24-year-old group. Video TV was responsible for the success of a number of groups, giving them a face and showcasing their music. The original purpose of the channel was to play music videos guided by on-air hosts known as VJs (video jockeys). The 80's were a time for some amazing creative music videos. Several of these told a story along with the music.

Since then, these videos have moved to VH1 classics.

My favorite Heart video and song is "These Dreams", released in 1985. Though the Wilson sisters wrote most of their songs, "These Dreams" was written by Bernie Taupin and Martin Page. Initially intended for Stevie Nicks. But she wasn't accepting outside material at the time. It is the only song that Nancy Wilson is the lead singer.

This song was dedicated (on the album) to Sharon Hess, a good friend of Nancy Wilson's who died of Leukemia. Sharon's sister, Shannon Hess-Terlop, shares the story:

"Sharon was a fan who had a custom, hand made blue acoustic guitar made for Nancy. It was her dying wish to meet Nancy and give it to her. She did get her wish and was able to spend several days in the recording studio with the band while they were working on this album. She died 4 weeks later, on Nancy's birthday".

Nancy Wilson had a nasty cold when she recorded her vocals. The producer liked the raspy sound in her voice, so they kept it.

Heart - These Dreams

Ann Wilson's CD of 2009

Ann Wilson with Hope & Glory

Eight years after her sister, Nancy, released her own solo album, the all-acoustic Live at McCabe's Guitar Shop, Heart's lead singer Ann Wilson takes a center-stage bow with Hope & Glory, a collection of social commentary, message, and protest songs. Mostly covers from the '60s and '70s fleshed out with her own affecting "Little Problems, Little Lies" (told from the point of view of a dying soldier in the Iraq war), the album also happens to be duets with megawatt rock, country, and folk luminaries. Released, appropriately, on September 11, Hope & Glory--produced by Ben Mink (k.d. lang, Feist)--isn't a political treatise so much as an artful account of the suffering and devastation that all war and economic downturn brings. Yet several of the songs are so bombastic (particularly Elton John's "Where to Now St. Peter," with Sir Elton himself in attendance) as to suggest, well, if not the Apocalypse, certainly Doomsday. (Check out Pink Floyd's "Goodbye Blue Sky," one of three songs on which the sisters Wilson harmonize).

Not all the material keeps the focus on Wilson and friends, mostly because the tunes are so intrinsically identified with the original artist (John Lennon's "Isolation," Bob Dylan's "A Hard Rain's a-Gonna Fall," where Rufus Wainwright and Shawn Colvin seem misused and out of place). And though it was always easy to draw a stylistic straight line from Led Zeppelin to Heart, Wilson's treatment of the former's "Immigrant Song" comes across as heavy-handed. She fares much better covering two other bands, the hippiefied Youngbloods (the chilling "Darkness, Darkness" and "Get Together") and the Animals ("We Gotta Get Out of This Place," on which Wilson and Nashville's Wynonna unite for a Joplinesque rave-up). The hard-singing Wilson strikes yin-yang perfection with both k.d. lang (on Lucinda Williams's "Jackson") and the pillow-voiced Alison Krauss (Neil Young's "War of Man"), even as her collaboration with Gretchen Wilson, "Bad Moon Rising," reduces the CCR classic to near buffoonery with a dominant hoedown fiddle. Hope & Glory is an uneven effort, and with its pervasive downer vibe, certainly a misnamed one. --Alanna Nash

Hope & Glory Video

Heart 2009

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Heart Then and Now

Stepping back in time to the 70's and 80's, the women of rock belted it out. When music was music. This is when the music group Heart was at their peak, though both Ann and Nancy Wilson are still going strong. Ann's CD of 2009, "Hope & Glory" toured with the "HUMAN 2009 TOUR".

Greatest Hits of Ann and Nancy Wilson of Heart blog post has the individual songs to listen to and buy. Provided that AdBlock is disabled.

© 2009 Sandy Mertens

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      seashell2 7 years ago

      Great lens... they have some fabulous hits! Love it!

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      David Schroeter 7 years ago from St Kilda, Victoria, Australia

      Wonderful, informative lens Sandy. 5 *s

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      Carol Goss 7 years ago

      Fantastic lens , and great band

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      SherryHolderHunt 7 years ago

      Loved Heart_ Great lens!

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      Holley Web 7 years ago

      Heart definitely had their time in the spotlight! They were awesome! Great lens!

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      andreaberrios lm 7 years ago

      OMG Sandy! I LOVE Heart!! They are the best! I have all the music at home. I remember buying their cassettes (yes, long time ago) :) Thank you for this lens. 5*

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      anonymous 7 years ago

      This is great! Fun band!

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      myraggededge 7 years ago

      So much interesting info here! Listening to Crazy On You right now.

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      Everyday-Miracles 7 years ago

      Ha! I needed to get on writing my FIRST rocketmoms lens... Darnit, I am so behind!

      I didn't know anything about Heart before I saw this lens, Sandy... I guess it's because I didn't show interest in music until the nineties.

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      julieannbrady 7 years ago

      Youi've done a great job on the presentation -- I like the background music of Heart to set the tone.

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      WhiteOak50 7 years ago

      OMG, this lens is great! Heart is one of my favorites and THIS song, I have played it a million and one times, love it!! Fantastic job putting this lens together and with the music being added to it, just made it pop!!! .

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      Lisa 7 years ago from Rhode Island

      I love heart and have fallowed them through there career the best lens i have seen today and made me smile music always makes me happy great lens 5 stars

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      Nancy Tate Hellams 7 years ago from Pendleton, SC

      Wow! You have an excellent Music lens here about Ann and Nancy Wilson of Heart. I love the music playing and all your wonderful graphics, posters, and information.

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      kimmanleyort 7 years ago

      You did a great job in highlighting this band. They were great!

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      Dianne Loomos 7 years ago

      Love Heart! I did not know they were sisters. My husband has their music on his computer and we listen to it often.

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      Cynthia Sylvestermouse 7 years ago from United States

      This is a great lens! I enjoyed the music too

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      clouda9 lm 7 years ago

      Super lens Sandy! They were definitely one of my fave bands.

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      bdkz 7 years ago

      One of my all time favorite groups!

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      Adrienne Jenkins 7 years ago

      Rock On!

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      Mary 7 years ago from Chicago area

      You know, I'm not always a fan of music on lenses, but this one definitely works! These are a coupla trailblazers for women in rock, and I love that RS cover! 5*

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      anonymous 7 years ago

      Cool lens!

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      momto4 lm 7 years ago

      Great lens full of great music!

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      JoyfulPamela2 7 years ago from Pennsylvania, USA

      I saw Heart perform for the first time last month. I thought they sounded fantastic! Thanks for the lens.

      Pamela

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      Patricia 7 years ago

      Great lens! I actually saw them play live when I lived in Temecula, CA at Pechanga Casino. They were awesome! Lensrolling to my Winona and Taylor lens and blessing this lens!

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      sukkran trichy 7 years ago from Trichy/Tamil Nadu

      what a lovely construction. you have done a great job sandy. 5*

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      Gamganny 7 years ago

      I remember Heart!!! Love their music! Great Lens

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      aidenw 7 years ago from USA

      I love heart. I could sit in front of my computer all day and listen to them through your lens!

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      callinsky lm 7 years ago

      What about The Battle of Evermore byThe Lovemongers? (O;

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      Sandy Mertens 7 years ago from Frozen Tundra

      @callinsky lm: I had to refresh myself with that one. I was let down with the Lovemongers. But this song I do like.

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      grannysage 6 years ago

      I started playing guitar when I was about 12. I remember being teased by other kids and told that "only boys play guitar." Heart came along and showed that women doing rock is truly cool. I could sing Crazy on You and Magic Man all day.....here I go.....better stop me.....help!

      Great tribute one of my favorite bands.

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      Lou165 6 years ago from Australia

      I haven't thought of Heart for years, thanks for getting their songs stuck in my head again :)

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      anonymous 6 years ago

      I LOVE Heart! My very favorite song of theirs is 'What About Love?'. I can remember a time when it was on the juke box of my mother's bar. I worked there & was tending the bar & kitchen by myself & it was closing time. I let a girlfriend stay inside with me while I cleaned up. We partied while I cleaned & sang that song at the top of our voices in what seemed to us just as good as the Wilsons (really!). Sadly my friend passed 2 years ago, but I'll always remember that time.

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      TriviaChamp 6 years ago

      Heart definitely released some great songs. Thanks for the memories. Great lens.

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      Sensitive Fern 6 years ago

      These two women have such mad musical talent! They still blow me away.

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      Kiwisoutback 6 years ago from Massachusetts

      Heart is an awesome group, especially their songs from the 70's. How can you not like "Barracuda"? That's a classic song. Excellent lens on the Wilson sisters, nice work!

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      JHFSEO 6 years ago

      Great band and phenomenal music. One of the best female acts, and competitive with just about anyone from the period. Their vocals are awesome and sexy, and they churned out some great hits that I still listen too. Very nice lens.

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      Shibamom LM 6 years ago

      I grew up with Ann & Nancy. Loved them then and love them now. This is a great tribute to two amazing women.

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      Treasures By Brenda 6 years ago from Canada

      Definitely did love Heart!

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      Seeking Pearls 6 years ago from Pueblo West

      I grew up with this band and still love their music. I think "Magic Man" is my all time favorite song. Thanks for sharing all this interesting info.

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      DianaPrice LM 6 years ago

      I've loved these ladies for a very long time, although there were a couple of bried periods int he 80s I cringed a bit.

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      Joyfulmusic90 6 years ago

      Heart is a really cool band!

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      MargoPArrowsmith 6 years ago

      New group for me, thanks

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      Mythbuster2009 6 years ago

      Awesome lens about great musicians. Brigade is my fave Heart album. Thanks for sharing this info, the pics, tidbits, etc.

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      Vicki Green 6 years ago from Wandering the Pacific Northwest USA

      Great lens about my favorite sister act. Featured lens on my Seattle Washington lens.

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      Jolyne LM 6 years ago

      Looking at some of those outfits sure does bring me back...lol

      How cool it must have been for them to be on the Rolling Stone Cover

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      anonymous 6 years ago

      I absolutely love Heart. They're some of the great rockers of all time--male or female! They know how to rock, and they know how to make beautiful music. Great lens! Rock on, Ann and Nancy!

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      djankrixz 5 years ago

      wow... nice song... nice music... very tallented

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      Nancy Johnson 5 years ago from Mesa, Arizona

      Love Wilson sisters, and hope to see them in concert soon.

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      anonymous 5 years ago

      I'm going to see Heart for the third time in September at Northern Quest, Spokane WA. The 2nd time was on my Birthday and there was a Full Moon and also was Friday the 13th at Greyhound Park, border of Washington and Idaho.

      It will be exciting once again. Also designing 2012 Fanatic Tour T-shirts for the band.

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      GOT LM 4 years ago

      I'm into 80s music too :)

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      QuickFitNow 4 years ago

      I saw them about 20 years ago. They rocked!

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      Wish List Gifts 4 years ago

      I love their voices - so strong!

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      Lorelei Cohen 3 years ago from Canada

      This really brings back some memories. Heart really is a classic band who's music spans time.

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      Diane Cass 2 years ago from New York

      I've always liked "Barracuda". Funny, my kids are all into the "oldies" now too.

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      Sandy Mertens 2 years ago from Wisconsin

      Diane Cass, Barracuda is one of my favorites.

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      Gypsy Rose Lee 2 years ago from Riga, Latvia

      I'm really into all kinds of music and just recently started a music blog so I found this really fascinating. Thanks for sharing and passing this on.

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      Sandy Mertens 2 years ago from Wisconsin

      Gypsy Rose Lee, a music blog sounds interesting too.

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      Nancy Tate Hellams 2 years ago from Pendleton, SC

      Enjoyed the visit and learning more about Heart

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      Sandy Mertens 2 years ago from Wisconsin

      Thanks OhMe.

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      MJ Martin aka Ruby H Rose 2 years ago from Washington State

      loved watching them in concert in seattle

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      Sandy Mertens 24 months ago from Wisconsin

      MJ Martin Lucky you!

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      sheilamarie78 22 months ago

      During most of the eighties I was listening to Raffi with my little ones. Thanks for filling me in.

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      Sandy Mertens 22 months ago from Wisconsin

      Sheila Marie, I remember seeing Raffi on TV. Very entertaining.

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      Kristen Howe 21 months ago from Northeast Ohio

      Great hub on Heart. I'm a big fan of their music. Nicely written. Voted up for interesting!

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      Sandy Mertens 21 months ago from Wisconsin

      Kristen, Thank you few much. Maybe if enough people like you visited, HP would feature this.

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      Kristen Howe 21 months ago from Northeast Ohio

      You're welcome Sandy. I feel the same way about mine, if it would be Editor's Choice or HOTD some day. I'm hoping HP, if you're listening to us!

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      sujaya venkatesh 21 months ago

      a good info on these musical siblings Rev

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      Nell Rose 12 months ago from England

      I remember having loads of tapes of them! they were great back then, thanks for the reminder, and great hub!

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      Sandy Mertens 12 months ago from Wisconsin

      Thanks Nell.

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      Sandy KS 12 months ago

      I have always like Heart.

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      Martha 12 months ago

      Gosh you sure know your music! Thanks for all the info on Ann and Nancy. Quite ironic, those are the names of my 2 sisters!

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      Heidi Thorne 12 months ago from Chicago Area

      One of my favorite bands ever! They could compete with the bands of boys any day.

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      Sandy Mertens 12 months ago from Wisconsin

      Thanks Sandy KS and Martha. Is ironic with your sisters names.

      Heidi, I agree with you. A strong band.

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      Kyla Matton Osborne (Ruby3881) 12 months ago

      What a great look at this incredible musical duo! Heart was one of my favourites in the 80s too, and I still love their music today :)

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      Sandy Mertens 12 months ago from Wisconsin

      Thanks for commenting Kyla.

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