Today in Classic Rock: Heart Debuts On Billboard Hot 100

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Today in Classic Rock:[lastfm link_type="artist_info"] Heart[/lastfm]‘s debut single Crazy on You peaked at number thirty-five on the Billboard Hot 100 singles.

[photogallerylink id=52450 align=left]Sisters [lastfm link_type="artist_info"]Ann Wilson[/lastfm] and [lastfm link_type="artist_info"]Nancy Wilson[/lastfm] are the creative spark behind Heart, a hard rock group who initially found success in the mid-’70s, only to reach greater heights after engineering a major comeback a decade later. The daughters of a Marine Corps captain, Ann (born June 19, 1950) and Nancy (born March 16, 1954) grew up in both Southern California and Taiwan before the Wilson family settled in Seattle, WA.

Although “Magic Man” was the big hit single from Dreamboat Annie, the remainder of the album had plenty of other stellar rock tunes. The most notable was “Crazy on You,” a driving rocker that blended power chords with the mystical touches that informed Heart’s unique take on hard rock. Like “Magic Man,” the lyrics of “Crazy on You” explored the need for romantic love from a female perspective as its narrator determines that the only logical response to “wild man’s world” is to fuel that urge for craziness into love: “Nowhere to breathe easy, no time to be young/But I tell myself I’m doing alright/The only thing left to do is go crazy on you.” The music lives up to the intensity of the lyrics with a dramatic melody whose verses slowly build in intensity until they crescendo in an explosive, almost operatic chorus. Heart’s recording of “Crazy on You” builds the song on a galloping backbeat and an interesting combination of snaky acoustic guitar riffs and soaring dual-electric guitar lines. The crowning touch is provided by Ann Wilson’s powerful vocal, which navigates the song’s complex emotional terrain with skill and is powerful enough to hold its own against the guitar-heavy sound. “Crazy on You” wasn’t quite as successful as “Magic Man” but earned a respectable Top 40 charting as a single. It has gone to become one of Heart’s most popular songs and a frequently played item on 98.5 WNCX Cleveland’s Classic Rock.

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