On this day in music history: February 14, 1976 - “Dreamboat Annie”, the debut album by Heart is released. Produced by Mike Flicker, it is recorded at Can-Base Studios in Vancouver, BC, Canada from July - August 1975. Following several years of live gigging in their native Seattle and around Canada, the band led by sisters Ann and Nancy Wilson sign with small indie label Mushroom Records to record their first album. Released regionally at first, the record becomes an immediate hit in Canada, selling over 30,000 copies within a few months. Its success there  helps the label secure distribution for the US. It quickly becomes an FM rock radio staple spinning off three hit singles including “Magic Man” (#9 Pop) and “Crazy On You” (#35 Pop). Though very successful, the album leads to a major dispute between Heart and Mushroom over royalty payments and a full page ad for the album that appears in Rolling Stone, designed to look like a tabloid newspaper and vaguely suggesting that the sisters are also lovers. Eventually, the band has to sue Mushroom to get out of their contract to sign with CBS label Portrait Records in 1977. Subsequently, Mushroom Records goes out of business in 1980, and the rights to “Annie” and its follow up “Magazine” are purchased by Capitol Records. Originally remastered and reissued on CD and vinyl in 1999, it is reissued again as a 180 gram LP by Friday Music in 2011. “Dreamboat Annie” peaks at number seven on the Billboard Top 200, and is certified Platinum in the US by the RIAA.


“Crazy on You”
Dreamboat Annie (1976)

“Wild man’s world is cryin’ in pain
What you gonna do when everybody’s insane
So afraid of one who’s so afraid of you
What you gonna do, ohh”

SOTD: March 30th, 2017