After Jimi Hendrix and years before Nirvana’s “Nevermind” was a gleam in grunge fans eyes, one of Seattle’s greatest rock ‘n’ roll exports was Seattle’s own Heart.
There has been a strong grassroots movement on Facebook, which included a petition, calling for Heart’s nomination into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame in Cleveland. It appears that the Rock Gods have finally heard the cries of the masses. Today it was announced that Heart is nominated for the class of 2012.
They will be joined by Guns ‘N Roses; hip-hop icons Eric B. & Rakim; 80’s icons The Cure; and the rock and blues based supergroup, The Small Faces/The Faces, which includes Rod Stewart. Bluesman Freddie King and 70’s am radio staples,The Spinners, are also first-time nominees.
Previous nominees also under consideration for induction are The Beastie Boys, The Red Hot Chili Peppers, Donna Summer, Laura Nyro, Donovan and War, a band whose sound was helped defined by current Northwest resident and harmonica virtuoso, Lee Oskar. These nominations feature everything from British folk, latin funk, blues and arena power rock.
To qualify for induction, the band must have released its first single or album 25 years ago. More than 500 voters will determine who makes the hall. New members will be inducted at a ceremony at the hall of fame in Cleveland on April 14. Fans are invited to vote for their top five nominations at the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame’s official website.
Heart, fronted by Ann and Nancy Wilson, has crafted a body of work that spans several decades. Back in the 70’s, Seattle’s homegrown band “Heart,” was one of the rock outfits that ruled the airwaves, with four amazing albums. From 1976 to 1978, “Dreamboat Annie” “Little Queen”, Magazine” and “Dog and Butterfly” guitarist Roger Fisher, bassist Steven Fossen and drummer Mike Derosier, along with the addition of producer/ guitarist, Howard Leese, provided the strong musical foundation for Ann and Nancy Wilson. Those records became the soundtrack of many a youth back in the days of Afros, feathered hair, and bell bottoms. Some would argue that those LP’s still stand out as “Hearts” strongest work ever.
In a world dominated by testostrone-filled guitar licks, power chords, and primal screams, Ann and Nancy Wilson couldn’t help but stand out. Ann’s soulful and strong vocal delivery, coupled with Nancy’s guitar and vocal layering, yielded some of the era’s most memorable songs (“Barracuda” and “Magic Man”) and paved the way for the likes of Pat Benatar and other women in territory previously fenced off from female rockers.
I had the opportunity to interview former Heart members, Roger Fisher, Michael Derosier, Steve Fossen and Howard Leese prior to their performance at Synergia Northwest 2010 (See video to the left of this article.)
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