It’s hard to imagine these days, but sisters Ann and Nancy Wilson had to deal with their share of hardships relating to stereotypes and sinister rumors back in the early days with their band, Heart. At the time, it was not typical to see two women fronting a rock band.
In one incident, Ann relates a story in which some guy comments about how good-looking Nancy is and asks if her guitar is actually plugged in. It’s not hard to imagine the anger and disappointment the sisters may have felt after hearing something like that from a “fan.”
There were also a few crazy rumors that went around back in the early years. I actually remember the one that linked the band’s hit song “Magic Man” with infamous killer Charles Manson and even suggested that some of the money the band was making in connection with that song was being donated towards efforts to get Manson released from prison.
Then there was the advertisement that was used by a record company to suggest that Ann and Nancy were lesbian lovers. Again, who could blame them for feeling, as Ann puts it, “pissed off,” under those circumstances?
Obviously, the Wilson Sisters were able to overcome these early obstacles and go on to have very successful careers that are still on track today with a schedule that often has them on the road touring during the summer months.
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