These Dreams – Heart

THIS DAY IN MUSIC………………………………………on March 23rd of 1986 Heart finds themselves sitting atop Billboard’s Hot 100 with “These Dreams”. Up to the Heart album, the band wrote most of their own songs. In 1985, they signed with Columbia Records and got help from some experienced songwriters. This was one was written by Bernie Taupin and Martin Page. Taupin is most famous as Elton John’s lyricist, but in the mid-’80s he wrote two lyrics outside of Elton’s orbit. He chose Martin Page to compose the music because he was impressed with Martin’s group Q-Feel, which had a popular song in Los Angeles called “Dancing In Heaven (Orbital Be-Bop).” The first song Taupin and Page composed was “We Built This City,” which was a #1 hit for Starship. The second was this one, which was originally titled “Boys In The Mist.” Taupin wrote the song for Stevie Nicks with a dreamlike feel typical of her work. She turned it down, so Page composed the music and changed the title to “These Dreams”. After Stevie Nicks turned down this song, it was offered to Kim Carnes, who had previously recorded a few songs Martin Page had written, including “Invisible Hands” and “I Pretend.” Carnes liked “These Dreams,” but didn’t like the vocal range required to sing it, so she passed. Heart took the song, and it became their first #1 hit. Nancy Wilson sang lead on this track. Her sister Ann typically handled lead vocals, but when they heard the demo the group thought it suited Nancy’s voice. Nancy had a nasty cold when she first recorded her vocals, but their producer Ron Nevison liked some of the raspiness. When Nancy was feeling better, they recorded more takes in her healthy voice, with Nancy doing her best to re-create the raspy parts Nevison liked. The song reached #8 in the UK.