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2003 marked a resurgence of the hard-rocking pop band formed around California-bred sisters Ann and Nancy Wilson, as the two performed a popular "Live in America" tour, and Epic/Legacy released the double CD set Alive in Seattle, which was also a popular PBS Special. With sales of 30 million records and 21 Top 40 hits, the group found it easy to play again for old and new fans after several years of working as part of the acoustic quartet Lovemongers; during the time away from Heart, Nancy Wilson also kept busy with instrumental scores for her husband Cameron Crowe's movies, including Jerry Maguire and Almost Famous.

The elder sister had released two singles as Ann Wilson And The Daybreaks on a local label in 1967. After a series of unreleased demos, she took her sister to Vancouver in search of a backing band. There they found bass player Steve Fossen and guitarist Roger Fisher, and Heart was born. After Dreamboat Annie emerged on Mushroom Records in 1976, their second single, "Crazy On You," brought them to public attention.

They maintained their high profile when Little Queen and the single, "Barracuda," became mainstays in the U.S. charts. By the time Dog And Butterfly arrived in 1978, the professional relationships within the band had escalated to ones of a more personal nature, with Nancy Wilson dating guitarist Fisher, while sister Ann was involved with his brother, Mike. However, before sessions for Bebe Le Strange on Epic were complete, the relationships had soured and Roger Fisher left the band, leaving the group without their prominent lead guitar sound. The guitar parts were covered on tour by Nancy and multi-instrumentalist Howard Leese, who subsequently became a permanent member.

By the time they resurfaced with Private Audition in 1983, Fossen and Derosier were also on the verge of departure. Their replacements were Mark Andes and Denny Carmassi, though their efforts on Passionworks were not enough to inspire any kind of revival in Heart\'s fortunes. Heart's confidence was lifted, however, when Ann's duet with Mike Reno of Loverboy produced "Almost Paradise ... Love Theme From Footloose," which hit #7 on the U.S. charts.

Heart joined Capitol Records in 1985, and the new label brought about a transformation in the band's image, projecting them as a more rock-oriented concern. Heart gave them a #1 self-titled album, and the hit singles "What About Love," "Never," and "These Dreams." The follow-up, Bad Animals, was almost as successful, hitting #2. While both Wilson sisters continued to work on soundtrack cuts, the most profitable of which was "Surrender to Me," Ann's duet with Robin Zander (Cheap Trick), Nancy married former Rolling Stone writer and budding film director Cameron Crowe.

Heart's success continued with the long-projected Brigade in 1990, from which "All I Wanna Do Is Make Love To You," (written by Robert John "Mutt" Lange) became a Top 10 hit in the UK and a #1 in the U.S. Both Wilson sisters then became involved in solo projects, while former companions Fossen, Roger Fisher and Derosier embarked on a new dual career with Alias, who had two big US singles hits in 1990. The sisters returned as Heart in 1993 and found themselves with another hit on their hands in "Will You Be There (In The Morning)." The Road Home was an acoustic live album with production by John Paul Jones, released to mark the band's 20th anniversary.

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