(aka: The Army, White Heart)
Bellevue, Washington
1965 ~ Present


Mark Andes ~ Bass
David Belzer ~ Keyboards
Chris Blain ~ Drums
Denny Carmassi ~ Drums
James Chirillo ~ Guitar
Michael Derosier ~ Drums
Roger Fisher ~ Guitar
Steve Fossen ~ Bass
John Hannah ~ Keyboards
Ken Hansen ~ Percussionist
Jeff Johnson ~ Drums
Brian Johnstone ~ Drums
Howard Leese ~ Guitar, Keyboards
Duris Maxwell ~ Drums
Ron Rudge ~ Drums
Fernando Sanders ~ Bass
Ray Shaefer ~ Drums
Ben Smith ~ Drums
Don Wilhelm ~ Keyboards, Guitar
Ann Wilson ~ Vocals, Guitar, Flute
Carl Wilson ~ Guitar
Nancy Wilson ~ Vocals, Guitar
Gary Ziegleman ~ Vocals

Les Cuddeback ~ Guitar &  Drum Tech, Monitors & Mood Control
Larry Carmody, Guitar Tech
Keith Cowan ~ Roadie
Monica Dimo ~ Wardrobe
Rick Erickson ~ Electronics, Guitar Tech  (1978 - 1979, 1983)
Ken Landis ~ Keyboards Tech
(1976 - 1990)

Tony Messina ~ Guitar Tech (1977 - 1990)
Mark Wilcox ~ Keyboards Tech

In Memory of

Larry Carmody
Monica Dimo

Ray Shaefer

Who wants to learn the 'TRUE' history timeline of 'The Army', 'Whiteheart, 'Heart', 'Hocus Pocus' and the Rock & Roll Hall of Fame 'Heart'?

The Army started in my parents house in Kenmore, WA, in October of 1967 with a hand shake between Rog and I ... I contacted Don Wilhelm and Rog recruited Ray Schaefer ... In October 1968 we changed the band name to 'Whiteheart' with the same lineup ... October 1969 we changed the band name to 'Heart'... Shortly after, Ray Schaefer left the band and was replaced by Ron Rudge ... Then Don Wilhelm left the band and was replaced by Gary Ziegleman, Ken Hansen and James Chirrello ... (The Wikipedia Heart band page mistakenly claims that Debi Cuidon was vocals 1969-1971.  I have no idea who she is and she was NEVER a vocalist or musician in Heart). 

Early 1971 Gary, Ken, and James left the band and for a brief time during 1971, David Belzer and Jeff Johnson played in Heart.

In August 1971 we placed an advertisement in the paper for a lead singer and drummer ... Ann Wilson, Gary Humphries, Chris Blaine and Mick Etchoe answered the add and we started the band 'Hocus Pocus'  (Don Wilhelm
also played in Hocus Pocus for a brief period of time).   Gary, Chris, Mick & Don left the band and in early 1972 Ann, Rog & I emigrated to Vancouver, BC. Canada.   In April 1972 we renamed our group Heart and recruited Canadians John Hannah & Brian Johnstone.  Nancy joined in 1974.  In 1975, during the recording of 'Dreamboat Annie', John & Brian were replaced with Howard Leese and Michael Derosier. ... (The Wikipedia Heart Band page mistakenly claims Mike Fisher played lead guitar 1974 ... Mike Fisher was not a musician and NEVER played a musical note on stage or in the studio). 1979 Rog left the band and we became a 5 piece ... 1982 Michael Derosier  & I left the band ...

Steve Fossen, May 2017

The founding members of Heart formed in the early 1960's, playing local venues and high schools in the Seattle area.  They had a few different band names and member changes in the early years.  It wasn't until brothers Mike and Roger Fisher met sisters Ann and Nancy Wilson that the band received any backing from investors in the music industry.  With their finances backed by the record labels, the band could focus on creating hit songs through the 70's and 80's. They have overcome many obstacles through the years but have had continued success loaning a lot of their fame to having such a strong female presence in rock music. To those of us that grew up in the area it was exciting to watch them start their venture into rock n roll fame in the Pacific Northwest.

K. Jones, 2012

Image courtesy of Rebecca Westby
Gary Ziegleman, Ron Rudge, James Chirillo, Ken Hanson, Roger Fisher, Steve Fossen

Heart at Oil Can Harry's - Photo by and courtesy of Chandler Keeler
The above shots of Heart were taken at Oil Can Harry’s in Vancouver, BC.  I believe they were the first shots of Heart in Vancouver.

Shortly after we did a studio session and the result is that fuzzy promo piece on the site.  I hated the shot.  There were much better shots to choose from, but managers always know best, especially when they are writing the cheque.

Chandler Keeler  (R.I.P.), August 2008

Heart - April 1971 - Courtesy of David Belzer
Jeff Johnson, David Belzer, Roger Fisher & Steve Fossen
April 1971 - Courtesy of David Belzer

Image Courtesy of PosterGeist
Heart Poster - Image Courtesy of Alan Burns

Heart  Website

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Last Update:  18 May 2017
Credits:  James Chirillo, Richard Evans, David Stawitcke, Susan Anders, Craig Kelly, Brian Johnstone, Roger Fisher, Bob Hake, Duris Maxwell, Alan Burns, Rebecca Westby, Kevin Fawcett, Les Cuddeback, Tamara Walters, Jeanette Landis, Donnie Wilhelm, Chandler Keeler (R.I.P.), David Belzer, Mark "Hoss" Amans, Kylie Jones, Rick Erickson, Steve Fossen

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