Friday, May 09, 2014

AccuRadio Song Of The Day-Streetheart

Album:The Essentials

Streetheart had success in the late 70s mostly in their native Canada. Attempts to break them in the US didn't work. Action was their first single in 1978 though a lot of fans think the title of the song was Meanwhile Back In Paris. Streetheart begins with Saskatchewan native and lead singer Kenny Shields. He led Witness Incorporated who played Toronto clubs in the late 60s. After recovering from a serious car accident, Shields moved to Winnipeg and joined Wascana which included keyboard player Daryl Gutheil and bassist Ken "Spider" Sinnaeve. The band was renamed Witness. Shields became friends with the Calgary band The Great Canadian River Race. That band's guitarist Paul Dean and drummer Matt Frenette joined Witness who were soon renamed Streetheart. They signed with Warner Bros. Canada and their albums were on Atlantic in the US. Meanwhile Back in Paris was their 1978 debut album and Action was their first single. Dean and Frenette left Streetheart in 1979 to form Loverboy. Guitarist John Hannah and drummer Herb Ego joined. Ego was soon replaced by Billy Carmassi. Streetheart was primarily a success as a live act across Canada. They had some minor hits on Canadian radio like the Rolling Stones cover Under My Thumb and What Kind Of Love Is This. But they never had any big hits and they never broke into the US market. You can get all their hits on this comp. Streetheart split up in 1983. Ken Sinnaeve was a member of Tom Cochrane's band for many years. Shields and Gutheil still lead Streetheart and they are currently touring Western Canada. Here's Streeheart performing Action at the Heritage Amphitheater in Edmonton Aug. 17, 2012.

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