Nancy Wilson (1954–)

Nancy Wilson is the lead guitarist of the hard-rock band Heart. She joined her sister Ann, who was already in Heart, and the band became one of the hottest rock groups of the 1970s with hits like “Crazy on You,” “Magic Man,” and “Barracuda.” Nancy can be heard playing guitar throughout the recordings and her technique is very tight. Her acoustic work (on an Ovation Balladeer early in her career) was always a show-stopper at their concerts.

The two-girl sister attack was rare in rock-and-roll but very effective during this period. But it didn't garner them much success in the early 1980s. They had huge success in 1985 with a self-titled release on Capitol that launched four top-ten hits, including “These Dreams,” “What about Love,” and “Never.” In 1999, Nancy's solo debut, Live at McCabe's Guitar Shop, was released after being recorded two years earlier at the Santa Monica, California, venue of the same name.

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