Nancy Wilson
American singer, guitarist
Nancy Wilson
Nancy Lamoureux Wilson is an American singer, songwriter, guitarist and producer who, with her older sister Ann and lead guitarist Roger Fisher, became the core of the Seattle/Vancouver rock band Heart.
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Bus noise sparks complaint - Montana Kaimin
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Last week, Mayor John Engen met with Jen Gursky, president of the Associated Students of the University of Montana, and Nancy Wilson, director of ASUM Transportation, to discuss a University district noise complaint. Engen suggested the buses use
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SHARCs in Shelter Cove - Redwood Times
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Participating SHARC members (pictured left to right) included Jerry Wilson, Nancy Wilson, Gary Wellborn, Todd Barton, John Hardin and Cliff Banfill at the station they set up next to the lighthouse. (Not pictured Cheryl Antony)
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Jazz great Nancy Wilson sets final concert - Chillicothe Gazette
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ATHENS -- Jazz legend and Chillicothe native Nancy Wilson will make her final appearance on stage at a gala event Sept. 10. Wilson, who has been officially retired for a few years now, will sing one last time at the 125th anniversary celebration at
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Jazz Legend Nancy Wilson To Perform Final Concert at OU - WOUB
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Legendary jazz song stylist Nancy Wilson makes one thing crystal clear: If she's going to do something, she wants to do it right. She began her career embracing that standard, and now she's set to end it in the same way. The three-time Grammy Award
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Nancy Wilson reflects on Heart's 35 years in rock 'n' roll - Canton Repository
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It was 1976 when sisters Ann and Nancy Wilson and their band Heart burst onto the rock scene with a pair of driving radio hits, “Crazy On You” and “Magic Man,” and a debut album, “Dreamboat Annie,” that went platinum
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Heart's Ann and Nancy Wilson to Write Memoir - Ultimate Classic Rock
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Heart's Ann and Nancy Wilson, the first sisters of rock and roll, will recount the journey of their long and winding career in a memoir due out next year. Nancy Wilson, the guitar playing sister, told Billboard that she and singer Ann have teamed up
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Heart To Release New Album And Memoirs In 2012 - RTT News
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The group—which celebrates its 35th anniversary this year-has been working with producer Ben Mink (who co-produced the band's 2010 album), according to Nancy Wilson, who said the band will be going into the studio "as soon as the tour is done
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Heart Recording New Album, 'Telling the Whole Story' in 2012 Memoir - Billboard
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But Ann and Nancy Wilson aren't planning to take nearly as long again. In fact, Nancy tells Billboard.com, they're already well along on the next one. "We've got most of it written already," Wilson says. "We're writing again and working on songs with
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Eugene McDaniels, Singer And Songwriter, Dies at 76
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Eugene McDaniels, whose mellifluous voice brought him high onto the Billboard charts several times in the early 1960s, and who wrote ''Feel Like Makin' Love,'' which Roberta Flack took to the top of the charts in 1974, died on Friday at his home in Kittery Point, Me. He was 76. He died after a brief illness, his wife, Karen, said. With his
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UPDATED: 5:26 pm MDT July 28, 2011 - NBC Montana
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"Whether it should be implemented elsewhere, I honestly think it's too expensive," said ASUM Transportation's Nancy Wilson. The city plans to take the public comment from the meeting and use it when they consider other parts of the Missoula Downtown
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Faith in Action: Many Women, One Voice - CBS42
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She has appeared in national PSA's with Nancy Wilson and her mission is what brought her to Birmingham with 'The Southern Women Matter! Engagement for Action' tour. The event premiered the film, "Many Women, One Voice" to sound the alarm that HIV AIDS
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Watch Cameron Crowe's 'Pearl Jam Twenty' Trailer - Ology
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Crowe's married to hit 1970s band Heart's guitarist Nancy Wilson, and although he's mostly moved on from the rock tributes, he clearly remains as big a fan as ever. Some evidence of this? Crowe's just completed a documentary about the iconic Seattle
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Exclusive Interview: Heart Singer Ann Wilson on Def Leppard Tour, New Music - Ultimate Classic Rock
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Most recently, sisters Ann and Nancy Wilson have been temporarily enshrined in the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame as part of the 'Women Who Rock' exhibit. (But how about a permanent induction for the band … isn't it time?) Heart singer Ann Wilson is
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Timeline
Learn about memorable moments in the evolution of Nancy Wilson
    FIFTIES
  • 2012
    Age 57
    Nancy and Ann released another studio album, Fanatic in October 2012; it debuted at number 24 on Billboard 200, and hit number 10 on Billboard's Rock Album chart.
    More Details Hide Details At the same time, they started compiling their first boxed set, Strange Euphoria (taken from the name of their music publishing company). It includes three CDs of 51 songs, commentary, and a DVD of a 1976 live performance. The Amazon version includes a bonus CD of five Led Zeppelin covers titled "Heart: Zeppish". Included is "Through Eyes and Glass", the single they recorded as teenagers while singing backup to the country singer, as well as early demo versions of staples like Crazy on You and Magic Man. Wilson possesses the vocal range of a mezzo-soprano. Composer Actress Awards Nominations
    Nancy and Ann also received a star for Heart on the Hollywood Walk of Fame in September 2012. In 2011, Wilson began seeing Geoff Bywater who worked in music production on television shows for Fox. They were engaged in 2012 and married on April 28, 2012.
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  • 2009
    Age 54
    In late 2009, Nancy and Ann were back in the studio recording their 14th studio album.
    More Details Hide Details Red Velvet Car was released in 2010 and included two singles by Nancy: "Hey You", which broke into the top 40 on the Hot Adult Contemporary chart; and "Sunflower", which Nancy wrote for Ann's 60th birthday. The album peaked at number 10 on the Billboard 200 chart and 3 on the Rock Albums chart. With Nancy now aged 56, and Ann about to become a grandmother, the sisters had managed to have albums make it onto Top Ten charts in 4 different decades. The tour also did well, selling out and charting on Billboard just behind those of Lady Gaga and Rihanna. Heart was nominated for the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame in 2011. While it is common for bands not to be inducted the first year they are nominated, many Heart fans and rock enthusiasts were disappointed – or outraged – that they were passed over for the likes of the Beastie Boys. On December 11, 2012 it was announced that Heart would be inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame as part of the Class of 2013, along with Rush, Albert King, Randy Newman, Donna Summer, Public Enemy, Quincy Jones, and Lou Adler.
    One day in November 2009, Ann collapsed.
    More Details Hide Details Her sisters Lynn and Nancy went with her to the doctor, where Ann got the news that she had liver problems resulting from drinking. While she had stopped using drugs at the birth of her daughter, she had increased her drinking; Nancy and other family members and crew had been concerned for some time. They planned to confront her about it, and had even built a break into the tour to allow for treatment. Ann ultimately got therapy on her own.
  • 2007
    Age 52
    Also in 2007, Ann released her first "solo" album, Hope & Glory, which was mainly a number of duets with other successful artists. Nancy featured on three of the 12 tracks. Nancy's marriage to Cameron Crowe began to crumble in 2008. Nancy cites the very different needs she and Cameron had at this time as the reason they separated after being together 27 years. While the breakup was messy, she says they both quickly became "first-rate co-parents." After two years of separation, they divorced in 2010 citing irreconcilable differences.
    More Details Hide Details The year 2009 saw a new kind of tour develop. Not many of the bands remaining from the 1970s or 1980s could fill a large venue, but a combination of them could. So a concert tour which kicked off on July 9 in Denver combined Journey and Cheap Trick with Heart. They also combined with Def Leppard to tour in 2011.
  • FORTIES
  • 1998
    Age 43
    In 1998, Ann adopted a boy and named him John Dustin Wilson.
    More Details Hide Details Two weeks after Nancy's boys arrived, she took them to see her parents in Seattle. Three weeks later Dotes died at age 77. He had been in declining health since a stroke more than 20 years earlier. A memorial was held in the backyard of his home (across the road from Nancy's farm), complete with Marine honor guard, folded flag and 3 volley salute. Nancy said, "I think Dotes wanted to hold out just long enough for all his daughters to have their families." In 2002, Wilson toured again as Heart. The tour became a family affair, with four children and their nannies added to the mix of musicians, technical staff, and roadies. It was an eight-week tour and ended a 10-year hiatus from touring. The "Summer of Love" tour ended in Seattle and that performance was released as the Live in Seattle DVD, which achieved gold status without an associated album.
  • 1997
    Age 42
    In November 1997, they set out on a 12-date tour travelling by van on what they called the "Don't Blink" tour – if you blinked, you missed it.
    More Details Hide Details Nancy and Ann also recorded and released the Lovemongers' first album, Whirlygig. The next year, the Lovemongers also released Here is Christmas, which was re-released in 2001 as Heart Presents a Lovemongers' Christmas. By 1999, Nancy was fed up with the lack of results, and the toll the fertility treatments were taking on her body. So, she and Cameron decided to explore surrogate options. After attempts using Nancy's own eggs failed, they decided to use an egg donor and surrogate. This approach succeeded, and in January 2000, Nancy's and Cameron's twin boys were born. They were named Curtis Wilson Crowe, after friend Kelly Curtis, and William (Billy) James Crowe after the semiautobiographical character William Miller from Almost Famous. Because Nancy and Cameron were public figures, when their twins were about 10 and started asking about sex, Nancy decided to tell them how they came to be, so they would hear it from her instead of the press. She put together a story book of sorts titled "When You Were Born" which told the story of how they had come into the world. She read it to them and they were fascinated. According to Nancy, "a few months later though, on Easter, they came to me with a burning question: 'Does this mean that you are our mom, or not our mom?
    In 1997, Nancy performed her first solo acoustic show in 30 years.
    More Details Hide Details Kelly Curtis arranged to have it released as an album, Live from McCabe's Guitar Shop, in 1999. The music on the album is a mix of Heart songs (four of them), covers (songs by Peter Gabriel, Joni Mitchell, and Paul Simon), and original new material. The arrangements are sparse, consisting of just Nancy singing and playing acoustic guitar and mandolin, plus backing vocals. It was at this time that Nancy's fertility treatments seemed to pay off when she tested positive. But the next morning, she would not be pregnant again which shattered her. Ann convinced her that the best way to "clear her head" was to do a Lovemongers tour with her and Nancy agreed.
  • 1995
    Age 40
    In 1995, Nancy told Ann, "I don't want to do Heart anymore, at least for a while."
    More Details Hide Details Nancy explained that she wanted to get off the road for a while and spend more time working with Cameron on film scores and start a family with him. He and Nancy had been trying for some time to conceive. Nancy was now 41 and undergoing fertility treatments, which were difficult to schedule around a rock tour and appearances. Ann of course was devastated and thought part of it might be that Nancy did not want to watch "the withering and dying of Heart." Nancy played "Beautiful Girl in Car" in Crowe's Fast Times at Ridgemont High, then had a small speaking part as "David's Wife" in The Wild Life. She contributed some guitar parts for his 1989 film Say Anything and the song "All For Love". Nancy became more involved in Jerry Maguire, the new film Crowe was working on, and decided that she would write the film score. For this, Nancy hired a young engineer and bought a department store TV and VCR to do the job inexpensively. The work often took place in 103 °F (39.4 °C) heat because the engineer's air conditioner was broken.
  • THIRTIES
  • 1991
    Age 36
    In 1991, Nancy and Ann entered into a partnership with Steve Lawson, who owned Kaye-Smith Studios where many of their 1970s hits, as well as Bébé le Strange, had been recorded.
    More Details Hide Details They upgraded the facility to the state-of-the-art, and renamed it Bad Animals Studio. Recording in their own studio allowed them to take more time with the album. R.E.M., Neil Young, B.B. King, Soundgarden, Alice in Chains, and Pearl Jam all recorded in the studio before they sold their interest in 1997, when it was renamed Studio X. The album was released in November 1993 and peaked on Billboard at number 48. It was far from a flop – it received Gold certification in August 1995 – but also far from the multi-platinum status their string of 1980s albums had been. "Will You Be There (In the Morning)" was a top-40 hit making it to number 10, 15 and 25 on various charts, and the Spanish version was a hit in some Latin markets. "Black on Black II" was a Top 5 Billboard Mainstream Rock single, peaking at number 4 for four weeks and garnering heavy airplay on hard rock and metal stations.
  • 1986
    Age 31
    In addition to making and releasing an album, playing a 148-show 10-month tour, and making music videos, Nancy was planning her wedding to Cameron, which took place at Ann's house on July 27, 1986 at 11 pm.
    More Details Hide Details Within a month of her wedding, Nancy was in rehearsals for the band's next album. As before, they were using songs from other writers, but with a number-one album on the charts, the pool to choose from was larger. Outside writers included Diane Warren ("Who Will You Run To"), Lisa Dalbello ("Wait for an Answer") and the team of Tom Kelly and Billy Steinberg ("Alone"). While still resistant to the idea of outside writers, it was hard to argue with the success of the last album and five singles. They also decided to have Ron Nevison return as producer. Where Heart had six of their own songs, Bad Animals had four. Bad Animals was so named as a joke about their pets, and was released on June 6, 1987. The sisters were nervous and viewed the date as their own personal D-Day because the album's performance would determine whether the last one had been a fluke. "Alone" had been released before the album; it raced up the charts and became the band's second number one hit, and the second biggest single for the year. This gave them something they had not had with the Heart album: a number-one single before the tour started or the album was released. "We were following on success, not building to it." Nancy just missed another top-ten single when "There's the Girl" peaked at 12 on the Billboard charts.
  • TWENTIES
  • 1977
    Age 22
    On July 28, 1977, Nancy and Ann appeared on the cover of Rolling Stone magazine for the first time.
    More Details Hide Details The band had already been working on Little Queen as the legal dispute dragged on. Just after the "First Time" advertisement appeared, a Detroit radio promoter asked Ann where her lover was. When he made it clear that he meant Nancy and not Michael, Ann was outraged. She retreated to her hotel room and began writing a song. When Ann related the incident to Nancy, she too was outraged. Nancy joined Ann and contributed a melody and bridge. Roger and drummer Michael Derosier contributed the distinctive 'gallop' they had developed during sound checks. The song became "Barracuda". Mushroom re-released Magazine in April 1978 and Portrait released Little Queen in May 1978. "Barracuda" went to number 11 on the Billboard charts, and helped Little Queen outsell Magazine. With the re-release, the group had the distinction of having all three of its albums on the charts at the same time.
  • 1976
    Age 21
    As Dreamboat Annie climbed the charts, Michael realized that the band was getting too big for him to manage; the band hired a new manager, Ken Kinnear. Since they considered the band a proven success – Dreamboat Annie had become a platinum seller by November 1976 – they thought they deserved royalties in line with those of a platinum band.
    More Details Hide Details Mushroom resisted, thinking that perhaps the band was a one-hit wonder, or worse, perhaps just a novelty act with the sisters playing rock. The tough stance led Mike Flicker to quit; he had been an employee of Mushroom, and Heart's producer, but he sided with the band. He continued his work with the band, producing its first five albums. In late 1976, Siegel took out a full-page advertisement in Rolling Stone touting the band's success, using the headline "Million to One Shot Sells a Million". The advertisement was contrived to look like the front page of the National Enquirer. It included one of the photos from the Dreamboat Annie cover shoot, but with Nancy and Ann looking into the camera. The caption under the photo read: "Heart's Wilson Sisters Confess: 'It Was Only Our First Time! The advertisement outraged the sisters who confronted Siegel, but he blew it off in "no such thing as bad publicity" style.
  • 1975
    Age 20
    At a club in October 1975, after Ann took the stage and made the comment that the food there tasted like Pine-Sol disinfectant, the group was summarily fired, just 4 nights into its two-week engagement.
    More Details Hide Details Just as they were preparing to set the dressing room on fire, Shelley Siegel called to ask if they could get out of the contract. He seemed elated they had already been fired and said Rod Stewart had requested they open for him for two shows in Montreal starting on October 18, 1975. In spite of a collision with a moose along the way, they got to Montreal, but were shocked when they walked onstage to find fans standing up, cheering and holding up lighters. Ann looked around to see if Rod Stewart had come on stage while Steve Fossen tried to shake off "head-to-toe goosebumps". Michael Fisher explained that their album had been getting heavy airplay in Montreal and had become a hit. Heart's tour with ZZ Top for a month of dates following the Stewart engagement also increased their exposure, but a complete US tour and promotional appearances were hampered by Michael Fisher's draft status, so he decided to turn himself in to the authorities. His case was eventually settled without jail time, aided by the fact that he had uncovered corruption at his local draft board which allowed for more exemptions for the wealthy. A number of letters from Nancy's father, a retired decorated major in the Marines, may have also helped.
  • TEENAGE
  • 1974
    Age 19
    On her next visit to Ann, Nancy asked if the band would include more acoustic songs if she joined. Ann responded "that's why I want you to join." Nancy left school in mid-1974 and joined Ann and Heart in West Vancouver.
    More Details Hide Details Nancy recalls that "some of the guys" in the band were resistant to her joining, and insisted she audition by sitting in periodically. She was given the assignment to work up the introduction to the Yes song "Clap". She learned it, and the next night after playing it with the band at a tavern, she was officially made a member of the band. Since the group mainly did covers of songs that were radio hits the crowds could dance to, adding more acoustic numbers meant writing original songs for the band in that format. The band also needed more material for an album, so Nancy and Ann set about doing both. Having two women in a rock band made the band more memorable. That they were sisters made them all the more so, but also resulted in Nancy being asked if her guitar was really plugged in. The band had recorded a demo with Mushroom Records some time before, and producer Mike Flicker remembered them. He was very impressed with Ann's voice and wanted to sign her. He was less interested in Roger, and saw Nancy as a "diamond in the rough", but was intrigued by the idea of a female rock guitarist. Since Michael was Ann's boyfriend and the band's manager, and lead guitarist Roger was Michael's brother, Flicker recognized the politics of the situation. Nancy, Ann, and Roger were signed to a contract, because omitting any one of them would have alienated two of the four.
  • CHILDHOOD
  • 1964
    Age 9
    On February 9, 1964, when Wilson and her sister Ann watched the Beatles perform on The Ed Sullivan Show, they both instantly wanted to be like the band.
    More Details Hide Details In an interview she said, "The lightning bolt came out of the heavens and struck Ann and me the first time we saw the Beatles on 'The Ed Sullivan Show'.... There'd been so much anticipation and hype about the Beatles that it was a huge event, like the lunar landing; that was the moment Ann and I heard the call to become rock musicians. I was seven or eight at the time. Right away, we started doing air guitar shows in the living room, faking English accents, and studying all the fanzines." Two of Wilson's friends who could sing joined her and Ann to form their first music group. Calling themselves the Viewpoints, they were a four-part harmony vocal group. Later that year, Ann bought her first guitar, a Kent acoustic, with money given to her by her grandmother. Wilson's parents soon bought her a smaller guitar, but since it would not stay in tune, Ann's guitar became hers as well.
  • 1954
    Born
    Born on March 16, 1954.
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