Music Friday: Heart’s Ann and Nancy Wilson Are ‘Riding on the Diamond Waves’ in ‘Dreamboat Annie’

Welcome to Music Friday when we bring you wonderful songs with jewelry, gemstones or precious metals in the title or lyrics. Today, we reminisce about a classic hit from Ann and Nancy Wilson – better known as Heart. The song is “Dreamboat Annie” and it’s the title track from the Wilson sisters’ iconic debut album, which sold more than a million copies and reached #7 on the Billboard Album Chart in 1976.

In the first lines of the song, the Wilsons sing, “Heading out this morning into the sun. Riding on the diamond waves, little darlin’ one.”

Since its formation in the early 1970s, Heart’s appeal has spanned more than four decades. The sisters proved that ladies could rock the house as well as any men. Their popular songs showcased Ann’s powerful vocals and her younger sister’s prodigious guitar skills.

The group boasts the distinction of having placed top-10 albums on the Billboard Album Chart in the 1970s, 1980s, 1990s, and 2010s – the longest run of top 10 albums by any female-led band. To date, the Wilson sisters have released 13 studio albums and sold more than 30 million records worldwide.

Just last month, the legendary rock band received the 2,481st star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame.

In the video below, Heart performs “Dreamboat Annie” for a BBC television audience in 1976. Here are the lyrics if you’d like to sing along…

“Dreamboat Annie”

Written and performed by Ann and Nancy Wilson

Heading out this morning into the sun
Riding on the diamond waves, little darlin’ one

Warm wind caress her
Her lover it seems
Oh, Annie
Dreamboat Annie my little ship of dreams

Going down the city sidewalk alone in the crowd
No one knows the lonely one whose head’s in the clouds

Sad faces painted over with those magazine smiles
Heading out to somewhere won’t be back for a while

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