Rockin’ sisters Ann and Nancy Wilson of Heart will perform before a sold-out crowd at Fraze Pavilion in Kettering on Tuesday, June 16.
Here’s are 5 things you probably should know about the Wilson sisters, Ann (vocals) and Nancy (guitar):
1. Heart’s debut album, “Dreamboat Annie,” was a smash hit upon its release in 1976, spending nearly two years on Billboard’s Hot 100 chart, reaching as high as No. 7. That’s no small feat considering it was competing at the time with landmark releases such as The Eagles’ “Hotel California,” Boston’s self-titled debut, “Frampton Comes Alive” by Peter Frampton and The Ramones’ first album.
2. Heart was no one-hit wonder. The group followed its debut with six consecutive platinum-sellers, including “Dog & Butterfly” (1978), “Heart” (1985) and “Brigade” (1990). Factoring in top-selling greatest hits packages, the total number is actually 10 straight platinum records. Along the way, the group has sold more than 35-million records, scored nearly two dozen top 40 singles and seven Top 10 albums.
3. Still no Grammy Award, but Heart has been nominated four times. But in 2012, the Wilson sisters received a star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame and Heart was inducted into the Rock & Roll Hall of Fame.
4. They are authors, too. Ann and Nancy also ventured in the publishing world in 2012 with the publication of the best-selling memoir, “Kicking & Dreaming: A Story of Heart, Soul and Rock & Roll.” Last summer, they wrote and illustrated the children’s book, “Dog & Butterfly,” inspired by Heart’s song of the same name.
5. Last year was a record setting year for Fraze Pavilion, with 13 sold-out concerts. Heart would’ve made it 14 if the group’s August 2014 appearance hadn’t been canceled due to a family emergency. That show, presented by 95.3 and 101.1 The Eagle, was rescheduled for June 16.