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LOS ANGELES, CA - APRIL 22: Musicians Nancy Wilson (L) and Ann Wilson of the rock band Heart receive the Founders Award and perform onstage at the 26th Annual ASCAP Pop Music Awards at the Renaissance Hollywood Hotel on April 22, 2009 in Los Angeles, California. (Photo by Kevin Winter/Getty Images)

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Heart: “Straight On”

The Hook: Wriiten in a suite at San Francisco’s tony Mark Hopkins Hotel.

Album: Dog and Butterfly

Year: 1978

Writers: Ann Wilson, Nancy Wilson and Sue Ennis

Stats: Peaked at number-15 on the Billboard Hot 100

Background: Ann and Nancy Wilson say that “Straight On” came out of an extremely fertile writing period, where the two of them were going out of town to work on songs with a friend of theirs. Ann tells the story, with a bit of help from Nancy at the end.

Heart’s Ann Wilson, with help from sister Nancy, on writing “Straight On.” OC:…miss you. :30

“It was in a period when Nancy and I were going down to San Francisco a lot to visit our friend Sue Ennis, who was in graduate school at Berkeley. We’d go and we’d rent this suite at the Mark Hopkins and we’d just stay in there for the whole time. It was really cool, y’know. I think that the people who brought the room service and stuff were going, ‘What are they doing?’ And so we kind of got this groove going, y’know. We wanted to get this groove going that was a little like ‘Miss You’ by the Stones, which was out before that. Yeah, a combination of that and ‘…Grapevine.’ Yeah, ‘Heard It Through the Grapevine’ or ‘Miss You.’”