Heatwave

Heatwave

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International disco-funk group, formed in Europe in mid-1970s. Heatwave was founded by Johnnie Wilder, an American serviceman based in West Germany, who stayed on there after his discharge. He sang in local clubs until he moved to the UK and met Rod Temperton through an ad in the paper. Calling themselves the Chicago Heatwave, they recruited Johnnie's brother, Keith. Signed to GTO records in 1976, they went into the studio that fall with producer Barry Blue. In the UK, their first two singles tanked, but the third one "Boogie Nights" went on to become an iconic disco anthem. It became their debut single in the US peaking at #2 early in 1977. Their follow up became an R&B classic, "Always and Forever" and peaked at #18. Writer and keyboardist Rod Temperton continued to write songs, giving Heatwave on more top ten single, "The Groove Line" in 1978. Temperton went on to write hit songs for Michael Jackson. The band faced several tragedies, first with Mario Mantese being stabbed by his enraged girlfriend then falling into a coma for months only to revive as blind, mute and paralyzed. In 1979 founding member Johnnie Wilder was paralyzed from the neck down in a serious auto accident and unable to perform with the group. He continued on as a co producer with Barry Blue. JD Nicholas replaced him for concert appearances. 1980 saw the release of the #21 single, "Gangsters Of The Groove". Then, members one by one left the band until Heatwave died a quiet death in 1983. Keith Wilder tried to restart the band in 1988, but had to wait until 1991, when a remix of "Mind Blowing Decisions" became a hit in the UK to put a new band together. Keith Wilder now handles lead vocals and is the only original member left. Johnnie Wilder died peacefully in his sleep in May of 2006. "Boogie Nights" lived on in the 90's as the title of the Mark Wahlberg movie of the same name about the rise of pornography. However, the song did not appear in the movie.
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Heatwave Discography

Albums

Heatwave Too Hot To Handle (Album) Epic, Epic Scandinavia 1976 Sell This Version
RL-39-7 Heatwave / Ram Jam Heatwave / Ram Jam - Too Hot To Handle / Ram Jam(LP, Mono, Transcription) AFRTS (Armed Forces Radio & Television Service) RL-39-7 US 1977 Sell This Version
Heatwave Central Heating (Album) Epic France 1977 Sell This Version
Heatwave Hot Property (Album) GTO Canada 1979 Sell This Version
Heatwave Candles (Album) Epic Netherlands 1980 Sell This Version
Heatwave Current (Album) Epic Europe 1982 Sell This Version
Sity LP 2, Sity LP2 Heatwave The Fire(LP, Album) Soul City Records, Soul City Records Sity LP 2, Sity LP2 UK 1988 Sell This Version
MM5112 Heatwave Always And Forever(VCD + CD, Album) MasterTone MM5112 UK 1995 Sell This Version
799761800423 Heatwave Live At The Greek Theatre Hollywood(CD, Album) Century Vista 799761800423 US 1997 Sell This Version

Singles & EPs

Heatwave Boogie Nights / Too Hot To Handle Epic US 1976 Sell This Version
Heatwave Boogie Nights (Single) GTO France 1975 Sell This Version
Heatwave The Groove Line / Boogie Nights (Single) GTO, GTO Germany 1976 Sell This Version
2099187.3 Heatwave Super Soul Sister(7", Single) GTO 2099187.3 Peru 1976 Sell This Version
GT 59 Heatwave Ain't No Half Steppin'(7") GTO GT 59 UK 1976 Sell This Version
GT 68, 2099 168 Heatwave Super Soul Sister(7", Single) GTO, GTO GT 68, 2099 168 UK 1976 Sell This Version
Heatwave The Groove Line (Single) GTO Italy 1977 Sell This Version
Heatwave Too Hot To Handle (Single) GTO Germany 1977 Sell This Version
Heatwave Always And Forever (Single) GTO UK 1977 Sell This Version
Heatwave Always And Forever / Super Soul Sister (Single) Epic US 1977 Sell This Version
GTO 236 Heatwave Always And Forever / Ain't No Half Steppin'(7", Single) GTO GTO 236 Netherlands 1977 Sell This Version
Heatwave Mind Blowing Decisions / Beat Your Booty (Single) Epic US 1978 Sell This Version
Heatwave The Groove Line / Always And Forever (Single) Epic US 1978 Sell This Version
Heatwave Mind Blowing Decisons / Ain't No Half Steppin' Epic US 1978 Sell This Version
Heatwave The Groove Line / Mind Blowing Decisions Epic US 1978 Sell This Version
Heatwave The Groove Line / Happiness Togetherness GTO Italy 1978 Sell This Version