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On this day in music history: October 7, 1978 – “Dog & Butterfly”, the fourth album by Heart is released. Produced by Mike Flicker, Heart and Michael Fisher, it is recorded at Sea-West Studios in Seattle, Capitol Studios in Hollywood, and The Centreplex Coliseum in Macon, GA from early – mid 1978. It is the Seattle-based rock bands first album following their long legal battle with their former label Mushroom Records over their aborted second album “Magazine” and is the official follow up to their Portrait/Epic Records debut “Little Queen”. The first side (or “Dog” side) of the album features harder rocking songs, while the second side (or “Butterfly” side) feature mostly gentle acoustic ballads. The album is also the last to feature guitarist Roger Fisher (Nancy Wilson’s boyfriend at the time) who is voted out of the band after the couple split due to Fisher’s infidelity and drug problems. Roger’s brother and band manager Mike Fisher (Ann’s boyfriend and the subject of the classic song “Magic Man”) also departs from Heart’s inner circle shortly after his relationship with Ann Wilson ends. The album is remastered and reissued on CD in 2004, with three additional bonus tracks added. It is also reissued as a 180 gram vinyl LP by Music On Vinyl in 2015, and by Friday Music in 2016 as blue vinyl LP, limited to only 500 copies. “Dog & Butterfly” peaks at number seventeen on the Billboard Top 200, and is certified 2x Platinum in the US by the RIAA.

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On this day in music history: July 11, 1987 – “Alone” by Heart hits #1 on the Billboard Hot 100 for 3 weeks. Written by Billy Steinberg and Tom Kelly, it is the second chart topping single for the rock band from Seattle, WA fronted by sisters Ann and Nancy Wilson. Following the huge success of their self-titled eighth album which spins off five hit singles, Heart return to the studio with producer Ron Nevison to record the follow up. Again turning to outside songwriters to provide songs for the project, Nevison finds the power ballad “Alone” which is submitted to him by its writers Tom Kelly and Billy Steinberg. Best known for writing the chart topping classics “Like A Virgin” (Madonna) and “True Colors” (Cyndi Lauper), “Alone” is first recorded by the duo under the name i-Ten. Embarrassed by their own rendition of the song, but still seeing its hit potential, they re-write part of it and record a new demo version to submit to Nevison. The producer agrees that it is a smash and gives it to Heart to record. Issued as the first single from their ninth album “Bad Animals” in May of 1987, it is an immediate hit. Entering the Hot 100 at #53 on May 16, 1987, it climbs to the top of the chart eight weeks later. The chart topping success of “Alone” propels  the “Bad Animals” album to 3x Platinum status in the US. The recording studio Steve Lawson Productions in Seattle, WA, a demo and voice over studio, is renamed Bad Animals Studio after the album. The name change occurs Wilson sisters form a partnership with owners Steve and Debbie Lawson, opening another recording and rehearsal facility called Studio X. Heart as well as other major artists including Nirvana, Soundgarden, Alice In Chains, Pearl Jam, Neil Young and Johnny Cash all record at Bad Animals Studio over the years, before it is sold in 1999.

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On this day in music history: July 6, 1985 – “Heart”, the eighth studio album by Heart is released. Produced by Ron Nevison, it is recorded at The Record Plant in Los Angeles, CA and The Record Plant in Sausalito, CA from January – April 1985. It is the veteran Seattle, WA based bands first album for new label Capitol Records, after a nearly decade long stint with Epic Records. For the first time, Heart records material mostly by outside songwriters (Bernie Taupin, Martin Page, and Holly Knight) when Nevison feels they haven’t come up with enough strong material on their own. Wanting to recapture the success of their late 70’s heyday, they agree. But the band  often find themselves clashing with Nevison during the recording sessions over the content. In spite of this, the polished and highly radio friendly set is the most successful album of their career, winning them a large new and younger fan base. It spins off five singles, four of which reach the US top 10 including “What About Love?” (#10 Pop), “Never” (#4 Pop), “Nothin’ At All” (#10 Pop) and their first chart topping single “These Dreams” (#1 Pop). During the album’s original release on vinyl, the original mixes of the hit singles are substituted with the hit single remixes on subsequent pressings. The album is reissued on vinyl by Friday Music in 2016. It is also remastered and reissued by Capitol Records in 2017, as part of their vinyl reissue series to commemorate the label’s 75th anniversary. “Heart” spends one week at number one on the Billboard Top 200, and is certified 5x Platinum in the US by the RIAA.

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On this day in music history: May 14, 1977 – “Little Queen”, the second studio album by Heart is released. Produced by Mike Flicker, it is recorded at Kaye Smith Studios in Seattle, WA in Early 1977. It is the official follow up to the bands debut album “Dreamboat Annie” following their acrimonious split from their original label Mushroom Records, over royalty payments and after an advertisement (designed to look like a tabloid magazine) the label takes out in Rolling Stone magazine. Though the lawsuit with Mushroom drags on for over two years, the band are free to sign with the then newly formed CBS/Epic subsidiary Portrait Records. A month before the release of “Little Queen”, Mushroom releases an unauthorized and unfinished version of the album “Magazine”, which was to be Heart’s second album for the label. The band seek in injunction against the label, and have it recalled and removed from record stores. One of the cornerstones of “Little Queen", is inspired by an incident after a concert. Lead singer Ann Wilson has a run in with a record label promotion man that she encounters backstage. Having seen the Rolling Stone ad, he makes the vulgar and lascivious insinuation, that she and her sister (and band mate) Nancy are lovers. Angry at the outrageous claim, Wilson goes back to her hotel that night and writes the lyrics to “Barracuda” (#11 Pop) as a strong rebuke. The song becomes a rock radio mainstay, as well as an anthem to female empowerment, also being featured in numerous films including “Charlie’s Angels”, “You Again” and “I, Tonya”. It spins off three singles including “Kick It Out” (#79 Pop) and the title track (#62 Pop). The album is remastered and reissued in 2004 with two additional bonus tracks. Out of print on vinyl since the late 80’s, it is remastered and reissued as a 180 gram LP by Friday Music in 2015. It is also released as a limited edition pressing on translucent gold vinyl in 2016. “Little Queen” peaks at number nine on the Billboard Top 200, and is certified 4x Platinum in the US by the RIAA.

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On this day in music history: March 22, 1986 – “These Dreams” by Heart hits #1 on the Billboard Hot 100 for 1 week, also topping the Adult Contemporary chart for 1 week on March 15, 1986. Written by Martin Page and Bernie Taupin, it is first chart topping single for the Seattle, WA based rock band fronted by sisters Ann and Nancy Wilson. Making his breakthrough as a songwriter in the early 80’s after co-writing Earth, Wind & Fire’s R&B top ten hit “Magnetic”, Martin Page continues to make the rounds in the music business, when he meets another songwriting legend. Page meets lyricist Bernie Taupin, Elton John’s long time collaborator when Taupin looking for another music writing partner asks Page to work with him. Among the first songs the pair write together are “We Built This City” and “These Dreams”. The former is given to Starship who have a number one single with it. Taupin and Page’s publisher also look to have “These Dreams” recorded by a name artist. The song is originally submitted to Stevie Nicks for consideration. When she passes on recording it, the writing duos song publisher places it with Heart. Featuring Nancy Wilson on lead vocals rather than regular lead vocalist Ann Wilson, Nancy initially records her lead vocals while she’s ill with a cold, giving her vocals a slight raspiness. Though she goes back and re-record parts of her vocal after she’s well, producer Ron Nevison keeps much of the original vocals for the final version. Issued as the third single from their self titled eighth studio album in early January of 1986, it quickly becomes a pop and AC radio smash. Entering the Hot 100 at #54 on January 18, 1986, it climbs to the top of the chart nine weeks later. “These Dreams” is the third of four US top ten singles spun off of the album “Heart” during 1985 and 1986.

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On this day in music history: December 21, 1985 – “Heart”, the eighth studio album by Heart hits #1 on the Billboard Top 200 for 1 week. Produced by Ron Nevison, it is recorded at The Record Plant in Los Angeles, CA and The Record Plant in Sausalito, CA from January – April 1985. After leaving their long time label Epic Records, Heart signs with Capitol Records in late 1984. For their first release for the label, the band are paired with producer/engineer Ron Nevison, best known for his work with artists such as Jefferson Starship, The Who, The Babys, and Led Zeppelin. During the sessions, Ann and Nancy Wilson clash with Nevison over his production techniques, his insistence on recording material from outside songwriters, and with Capitol’s marketing of the band. Differences aside, it becomes the Seattle, WA based bands’ most commercially successful album. It spins off five singles, with four of them reaching the top ten including “What About Love” (#10 Pop) (featuring background vocals from Grace Slick and Mickey Thomas from Starship), “Never (#4 Pop), “These Dreams” (#1 Pop) and “Nothin’ At All” (#10 Pop). Following the initial release of the album, all of the singles are significantly remixed and edited, and in some instances include additional production and alternate vocals from the original LP versions. Some LP, CD and cassette versions of the album contain the remixed versions of “Never” and “Nothin’ At All”, with the latter featuring a different lead vocal from Ann Wilson, guitar solos from Howard Leese and punchier drums from the version included on the initial press run of the album. Out of print on vinyl since 1989, it is remastered and reissued by Friday Music in 2016. It is also remastered and reissued by Capitol/UMe in October of 2017, as part of the extensive vinyl LP reissue program to commemorate the 75th anniversary of Capitol Records. “Heart” is certified 4x Platinum in the US by the RIAA.

On this day in music history: October 7, 1978 – “Dog & Butterfly”, the fourth album by Heart is released. Produced by Mike Flicker, Heart and Michael Fisher, it is recorded at Sea-West Studios in Seattle, Capitol Studios in Hollywood, and The Centreplex Coliseum in Macon, GA from early – mid 1978. It is the Seattle-based rock bands first album following their long legal battle with their former label Mushroom Records over their aborted second album “Magazine” and is the official follow up to their Portrait/Epic Records debut “Little Queen”. The first side (or “Dog” side) of the album features harder rocking songs, while the second side (or “Butterfly” side) feature mostly gentle acoustic ballads. The album is also the last to feature guitarist Roger Fisher (Nancy Wilson’s boyfriend at the time) who is voted out of the band after the couple split due to Fisher’s infidelity and drug problems. Roger’s brother and band manager Mike Fisher (Ann’s boyfriend and the subject of the classic song “Magic Man”) also departs from Heart’s inner circle shortly after his relationship with Ann Wilson ends. The album is remastered and reissued on CD in 2004, with three additional bonus tracks added. It is also reissued as a 180 gram vinyl LP by Music On Vinyl in 2015, and by Friday Music in 2016 as blue vinyl LP, limited to only 500 copies. “Dog & Butterfly” peaks at number seventeen on the Billboard Top 200, and is certified 2x Platinum in the US by the RIAA.

On this day in music history: July 11, 1987 – “Alone” by Heart hits #1 on the Billboard Hot 100 for 3 weeks. Written by Billy Steinberg and Tom Kelly, it is the second chart topping single for the rock band from Seattle, WA fronted by sisters Ann and Nancy Wilson. Following the huge success of their self-titled eighth album which spins off five hit singles, Heart return to the studio with producer Ron Nevison to record the follow up. Again turning to outside songwriters to provide songs for the project, Nevison finds the power ballad “Alone” which is submitted to him by its writers Tom Kelly and Billy Steinberg. Best known for writing the chart topping classics “Like A Virgin” (Madonna) and “True Colors” (Cyndi Lauper), “Alone” is first recorded by the duo under the name i-Ten. Embarrassed by their own rendition of the song, but still seeing its hit potential, they re-write part of it and record a new demo version to submit to Nevison. The producer agrees that it is a smash and gives it to Heart to record. Issued as the first single from their ninth album “Bad Animals” in May of 1987, it is an immediate hit. Entering the Hot 100 at #53 on May 16, 1987, it climbs to the top of the chart eight weeks later. The chart topping success of “Alone” propels  the “Bad Animals” album to 3x Platinum status in the US. The recording studio Steve Lawson Productions in Seattle, WA, a demo and voice over studio, is renamed Bad Animals Studio after the album. The name change occurs Wilson sisters form a partnership with owners Steve and Debbie Lawson, opening another recording and rehearsal facility called Studio X. Heart as well as other major artists including Nirvana, Soundgarden, Alice In Chains, Pearl Jam, Neil Young and Johnny Cash all record at Bad Animals Studio over the years, before it is sold in 1999.

On this day in music history: July 6, 1985 – “Heart”, the eighth studio album by Heart is released. Produced by Ron Nevison, it is recorded at The Record Plant in Los Angeles, CA and The Record Plant in Sausalito, CA from January – April 1985. It is the veteran Seattle, WA based bands first album for new label Capitol Records, after a nearly decade long stint with Epic Records. For the first time, Heart records material mostly by outside songwriters (Bernie Taupin, Martin Page, and Holly Knight) when Nevison feels they haven’t come up with enough strong material on their own. Wanting to recapture the success of their late 70’s heyday, they agree. But the band  often find themselves clashing with Nevison during the recording sessions over the content. In spite of this, the polished and highly radio friendly set is the most successful album of their career, winning them a large new and younger fan base. It spins off five singles, four of which reach the US top 10 including “What About Love?” (#10 Pop), “Never” (#4 Pop), “Nothin’ At All” (#10 Pop) and their first chart topping single “These Dreams” (#1 Pop). During the album’s original release on vinyl, the original mixes of the hit singles are substituted with the hit single remixes on subsequent pressings. The album is reissued on vinyl by Friday Music in 2016. “Heart” spends one week at number one on the Billboard Top 200, and is certified 5x Platinum in the US by the RIAA.

On this day in music history: May 14, 1977 – “Little Queen”, the second studio album by Heart is released. Produced by Mike Flicker, it is recorded at Kaye Smith Studios in Seattle, WA in Early 1977. It is the official follow up to the bands debut album “Dreamboat Annie” following their acrimonious split from their original label Mushroom Records, over royalty payments and after an advertisement (designed to look like a tabloid magazine) the label takes out in Rolling Stone magazine. Though the lawsuit with Mushroom drags on for over two years, the band are free to sign with the then newly formed CBS/Epic subsidiary Portrait Records. A month before the release of “Little Queen”, Mushroom releases an unauthorized and unfinished version of the album “Magazine” which was to be Heart’s second album for the label. The band seek in injunction against the label and have it recalled and removed from record stores. One of the cornerstones of “Little Queen is inspired after a concert. Lead singer Ann Wilson has a run in with a record label promotion man that she encounters backstage after a show. Having seen the Rolling Stone ad, he makes the vulgar and lascivious insinuation that she and her sister (and band mate) Nancy are lovers. Angry at the outrageous claim, Wilson goes back to her hotel that night and writes the lyrics to "Barracuda” (#11 Pop) as a strong rebuke. The song becomes a rock radio mainstay, as well as an anthem to female empowerment, also being featured in numerous films including “Charlie’s Angels”, “You Again” and “I, Tonya”.  It spins off three singles including “Kick It Out” (#79 Pop) and the title track (#62 Pop). The album is remastered and reissued in 2004 with two additional bonus tracks. Out of print on vinyl since the late 80’s, it is remastered and reissued as a 180 gram LP by Friday Music in 2015. It is also released as a limited edition pressing on translucent gold vinyl in 2016. “Little Queen” peaks at number nine on the Billboard Top 200, and is certified 4x Platinum in the US by the RIAA.