Daily Trivia – 1/25/11

Question: Who earned Oscar nominations three straight years for The World According to Garp, The Big Chill, and The Natural?

Last Question: What hit song by Heart was co-written by Elton John’s lyricist Bernie Taupin?

Answer: These Dreams

Heart wrote most of their songs. But in 1985, they signed with Columbia Records and got help from some experienced songwriters. This was written by Bernie Taupin (Elton John’s lyricist) and Martin Page, and the song was first offered to Stevie Nicks, who turned it down. Around the same time, Taupin and Page also wrote “We Built This City,” which was a #1 hit for Starship.

This song was very different for Heart. They had a lot of hard rock songs, and this was a power ballad. Not only that, but Nancy Wilson, who normally played guitar with her sister Ann on vocals, was the lead singer for this song. The gamble payed off, as the song went to number 1 on the Billboard Hot 100.

Here are some other facts about the song from songfacts.com:

– This song was dedicated (on the album) to Sharon Hess, a good friend of Nancy Wilson’s who died of Leukemia. Sharon’s sister, Shannon Hess-Terlop, shares the story:

“Sharon was a fan who had a custom, hand made blue acoustic guitar made for Nancy. It was her dying wish to meet Nancy, and give it to her. She did get her wish, and was able to spend several days in the recording studio with the band while they were working on this album. She died 4 weeks later, on Nancy’s birthday.

The reason for choosing that particular song for the dedication was simply because it was the only song on the album where Nancy sang lead vocals.

Nancy and Sharon became very close, bonded even during the time she was in California with Nancy. In Nancy’s words: Sharon was my “soulmate of the sea” When Sharon got very ill during her visit, and was unable to leave her hotel room, it was Nancy, and Scotty Olson (her then guitar roadie and later bandmate) who got her out of the hotel, and drove her to the hospital on the Presidio in San Francisco (Sharon was US Army).

Nancy later came back to visit Sharon in the hospital, when things were looking so very bleak, we thought she might not make it back home at all. This was the first time I met Nancy. When she arrived, after greeting my Mother and myself, she just went in to Sharon’s room, and climbed up on the bed and lay down beside her ( she was sleeping). That visit buoyed Sharon’s spirits so much, that to her doctor’s amazement, she was able to make the horrible trip home via military transport, and she died a few weeks later.”

– Nancy Wilson had a nasty cold when she recorded her vocals. The producer liked the raspiness in her voice, so they kept it. (thanks, Edward Pearce – Ashford, Kent, England, for all above)

– In 1985, MTV had been around for 4 years, and it was clear that music videos were very important. Along with “What About Love” and “Never,” this got a lot of airplay on MTV and introduced the band to a new audience.

Here is a Live version from 2002 in Heart’s hometown of Seattle:

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