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For other people named Ann Wilson, see Ann Wilson (disambiguation).
Ann Wilson
AnnWilsonHWOFSept2012.jpg
Wilson receiving a star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame, September 2012
Background information
Birth name Ann Dustin Wilson
Born (1950-06-19) June 19, 1950 (age 64)
San Diego, California
Genres Rock, hard rock, folk rock, pop rock
Instruments Vocals, flute, guitar, bass guitar
Years active 1970–present
Associated acts Heart, The Lovemongers, Alice In Chains

Ann Dustin Wilson (born June 19, 1950) is an American musician, best known as the lead singer, flute player, songwriter, and occasional guitar player[1] of the hard rock band Heart. Regarded as one of the best female vocalists in rock music history, Wilson was listed as one of the "Top Heavy Metal Vocalists of All Time" by Hit Parader magazine in 2006.[2]

Early life[edit]

Wilson was born in San Diego, California. Her father was a major [3] in the U.S. Marine Corps. Due to her father's military career, the Wilson family moved frequently. They lived near American military facilities in Panama and Taiwan before settling in Seattle, Washington, in the early 1960s. In order to maintain a sense of home no matter where in the world they were residing, the Wilsons turned to music. "On Sunday we'd have pancakes and opera," her sister Nancy Wilson recalled. "My dad would be conducting in the living room. We'd turn it way up and rock. There was everything from classical music to Ray Charles, Judy Garland, Peggy Lee, bossa nova, and early experimental electronic music."[citation needed]

Her family eventually settled in Bellevue, a suburb of Seattle, Washington. Shy because of a stutter, Wilson sought fulfillment in music. In the early 1970s she joined a local band, White Heart, which changed its name to Hocus Pocus, and then in 1974, to Heart.

Career[edit]

Wilson in the 70s

In 1974, her younger sister Nancy joined Heart, and the band moved to Canada. Heart recorded their first album Dreamboat Annie in Vancouver in 1975; it was released in the United States in 1976, with "Crazy on You" hitting No. 35 on the US charts. In 1977, Little Queen was released, and in 1978, Dog & Butterfly. Wilson also sang the duet "Almost Paradise" with Mike Reno in the movie Footloose from 1984 which reached number seven on Billboard's Hot 100.[4] In 1986 she released a solo single from the movie The Golden Child called "The Best Man in the World" which reached number 61 in the U.S. She also had a hit in 1988–89 called "Surrender to Me" which was a duet with Cheap Trick singer Robin Zander, taken from the film Tequila Sunrise which reached number six in the U.S. singles chart.

In 1992, Wilson appeared on Alice in Chains' EP Sap; she sang on "Brother", "Am I Inside" and "Love Song". In 1993, Alice in Chains singer Layne Staley contributed to vocals on "Ring Them Bells," a Bob Dylan cover from Heart's album Desire Walks On. In addition, Alice in Chains bassist Mike Inez and touring guitarist Scott Olson appeared on Heart's 2003 release Alive in Seattle.

The Wilson sisters started a recording studio, Bad Animals, in Seattle in the mid-1990s. They formed a side band, The Lovemongers, which performed "The Battle of Evermore" on the 1992 soundtrack to the Cameron Crowe (Nancy's then husband) movie Singles, and later released a four-song EP. The Lovemongers' debut album Whirlygig was released in 1997.

Solo career[edit]

Wilson in May 2010

In 2006, Wilson began recording her first solo album, Hope & Glory, produced by Ben Mink, and released by the Rounder (Zoe) Music Group on September 11, 2007. That same year, she and sister, Nancy, were on stage for a series of concerts in Las Vegas. Hope & Glory features guest appearances from Elton John, k.d. lang, Alison Krauss, Gretchen Wilson, Shawn Colvin, Rufus Wainwright, Wynonna Judd and Deana Carter. Nancy also contributed. Three singles were released from the project, "Little Problems, Little Lies", "Isolation" and "Immigrant Song".

The Hope & Glory version of Led Zeppelin's "Immigrant Song" is available on Wilson's official MySpace page, and charted as "the No. 9 most podcasted song of 2007" on the PMC Top10's annual countdown.

Wilson joined producer Alan Parsons in the 2001 live tribute tour to Beatles music called A Walk Down Abbey Road.

On November 22, 2012, Wilson sang an original arrangement of "The Star-Spangled Banner", accompanied by the Dallas Symphony Orchestra, at the beginning of the Thanksgiving Day football game between the Dallas Cowboys and Washington Redskins at Cowboys Stadium in Arlington, Texas. Composer Gary Fry created the arrangement specifically for its premiere performance by Wilson and the DSO.[5]

Personal life[edit]

During the 1970s, Wilson was in a relationship with Michael Fisher, the manager of the band, while her younger sister Nancy was involved with lead guitarist Roger Fisher, Michael's younger brother. Both couples controlled the band. In 1979, the relationships ended; Ann stated that Michael had fallen in love with another woman and they parted. The song "Magic Man" was written about Michael and contains autobiographical lyrics about the beginning of their relationship.

Wilson adopted her daughter Marie in 1991 and her son Dustin in 1998.

As a child, Wilson was bullied for being overweight. She revealed that in the 1970s and into the early 1980s she would starve herself to stay thin. When Heart made a comeback in the mid-1980s, Wilson had gained significant weight. Fearing it would compromise the band's image, record company executives and band members began pressuring her to lose weight. In music videos, camera angles and clothes were often used to minimize her size, and more focus was put on her svelte sister Nancy. Ann stated she began suffering from stress-related panic attacks due to the negative publicity surrounding her obesity. She underwent a weight-loss surgery called "adjustable gastric band" in January 2002[6] after what she calls "a lifelong battle" with her weight.

In the band's 2012 autobiography, Wilson revealed her past struggles with cocaine and alcoholism. She stated she has been sober since 2009.[7]

References[edit]

  1. ^ "Heart's Ann & Nancy Wilson To Be Honored at 26th Annual ASCAP Pop Music Awards Ceremony". ASCAP (American Society of Composers, Authors and Publisher). February 27, 2009. 
  2. ^ Hit Parader Magazine's Top 100 Heavy Metal Vocalists of All Time
  3. ^ Gostin, Nicki. "Heart's Ann Wilson talks weight bullies, the early days of MTV, and being a woman in the manly world of rock." Fox News. (accessed September 28, 2014).
  4. ^ Mike Reno Billboard chart history, Billboard.com. Retrieved February 8, 2012.
  5. ^ "Thanksgiving: Ann to sing national anthem". Retrieved December 3, 2012. 
  6. ^ Mike Falcon (2002) "Ann Wilson finds a weight-loss hit", 11 December 2002, USA Today. Accessed June 2007.
  7. ^ Matt Ward (August 24, 2012). "Heart’s Ann Wilson On Getting Sober: ‘The Tarp has Come Off’". Ultimate Classic Rock. 

External links[edit]



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Thu, 18 Dec 2014 21:26:15 -0800

Just hours before her death, Mary Ann Wilson brought a plate with a few pieces of marble and spice cake to her friend, Tom Craig. The 81-year-old Torrance resident never mentioned she was planning to watch her grandchildren in the St. James Catholic ...

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Tue, 09 Dec 2014 07:46:19 -0800

The subject came up during Wilson's recent chat with Classic Rock Revisited, starting with the incendiary cover of 'Stairway to Heaven' that she and Nancy Wilson performed at the Kennedy Center Honors in 2012. Calling it “one of the most unforgettable ...

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Tue, 02 Dec 2014 16:07:35 -0800

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Your Daily Scoop
Wed, 10 Dec 2014 07:43:06 -0800

Heart star Ann Wilson has offered guitar great Jimmy Page PAGE and John Paul Jones a little girl power as they mull over a Led Zeppelin comeback – she wants to front the group. Robert Plant has made it clear he isn't interested in returning to the band ...

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Sat, 13 Dec 2014 05:18:45 -0800

Ann Wilson performed songs for movies like “Almost Paradise” from Footloose, “Best Man in the World” from The Golden Child, and “Surrender to Me” from Tequila Sunrise. Nancy Wilson also composed and performed the scores to a half dozen movies such ...
 
Ravalli Republic
Fri, 21 Nov 2014 18:21:13 -0800

STEVENSVILLE – Lois Ann Wilson, 86, passed away Tuesday evening Nov. 18, 2014 at the Bitterroot Living Center. She was born Jan. 26, 1928 in Cleveland, Ohio to the late Edwin and Mildred Gockel. Lois was raised in the Cleveland area where she met ...
 
Lasvegasmagazine
Fri, 28 Nov 2014 00:03:38 -0800

Ann Wilson is probably the only singer in the world that can bring Robert Plant to tears (the good kind) with her version of “Stairway to Heaven.” The lead singer of Heart famously sang it onstage with sister Nancy at her side during a tribute to Led ...

Los Angeles Times

Los Angeles Times
Thu, 18 Dec 2014 11:26:17 -0800

... was in critical condition Thursday, and her husband remained hospitalized, said Monica Valencia, director of media relations for the archdiocese of Los Angeles. Also killed in the crash were Mary Ann Wilson, 81, and Saeko Matsumura, 87, both of ...
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