Each and every Sunday night when the clock hits eight, The Strombo Show celebrates the spirit of radio over on CBC Radio 2. It's music for music lovers by music lovers. To kick off the program, we always tip our hats to the legends, the noise-makers and the ground-breakers in a segment that we like to call: Nod to the Gods.
Ann Wilson was born on June 19, 1950 in San Diego and her sister Nancy was born four years later in San Francisco. With their father, a captain in the Marine Corps, the Wilson Sisters grew up in Southern California and Taiwan before settling in the Seattle suburbs. In 1970, Ann, who'd played flute throughout high school, joined a band called Heart that had already gone through various incarnations as Army, White Heart and Hocus Pocus.
When Nancy joined the band in 1974, Heart relocated to Vancouver where they recorded a demo, attracted the attention of Mushroom records and released their first album, Dreamboat Annie. The album quickly sold 30,000 copies in Canada, led by their debut single, "Crazy On You." In the years since its release, Nancy has revealed that the rapid acoustic rhythm part was inspired by The Moody Blues song "Question" and Ann has stated that the lyrics were a response to the general social unrest caused by the Vietnam War.
Overall, Heart has sold more than 30 million records. The group has had 20 Top 40 singles, seven Top 10 albums and four Grammy nominations. In 2012, Heart received a star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame. And earlier this year, they were inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame, alongside Rush, Public Enemy, Randy Newman, Quincy Jones, Donna Summer, Albert King and Lou Adler.
Heart performed "Crazy on You" at their induction with the original line-up, for the first time in nearly 30 years.
BONUS: Heart is a band that has long acknowledged the influence that Led Zeppelin had on their sound. Last year they got to perform "Stairway to Heaven" for their heroes at Led Zeppelin's induction ceremony for the Kennedy Centre Honors, a lifetime achievement award for the performing arts. Jason Bonham, son of the late Bonzo, filled in on the drums, and their performance brought the mighty Robert Plant to tears.
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