Sunday, February 14, 2016

40 Year Itch: Dreamboat Annie

   On Valentines Day, 1976, Mushroom Records finally got around to releasing Heart's 1975 debut album in the United States. It was a nice birthday present for lead guitarist Roger Fisher who turned 25 that day. Thanks to constant radio play in Canada, by mid October, when the band opened for Rod Stewart and the Faces in Montreal, they were met onstage by an enthusiastic audience that already seemed to know their songs. 
    Here's Heart performing at Washington State University in the Spring of 1976.

   By the Summer of 1976 many Americans would know Heart's music as well. The first US single, "Crazy On You", was a Top 40 hit. The second single, "Magic Man", had longer staying power on the radio and went Top 10 in November. 
    To celebrate the Dreamboat Annie anniversary, Roger's birthday and the release of a new album, there's a party going on tonight at McMenamins-Anderson School. I had planned to be there but didnt make it.

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