HEART: Dad Was No Barracuda
Ann and Nancy Wilson share a letter from a fan about their dad on their website.
Ann and Nancy Wilson recently received a letter from a fan — a fan of their father.
John Wilson was a teacher at Ringdall Junior High School in Bellevue, Washington in the early ’70s, and while the student, David Newton, did not enjoy school, he was OK with Mr. Wilson.
He writes, “One of the clearest memories I have is how Mr. Wilson would light up like a Christmas tree when he cranked up the reel-to-reel tape player of the soon-to-be-released album of his daughter’s band, Heart, during class…a silly, almost childish grin leaped from the face you would never have imagined could have launched it. His eyes lit up with passion and adoration as he’d say, ‘This is going to be REALLY big!’ Often parents never REALLY LIGHT UP with pride in front of their children and let them know how proud they are of them. I thought that if this was the case for you, you should know that 40 years later, someone who had a horrible time in Junior High has your father’s love for you as one of his best memories of that difficult time. For 40 years, whenever I’ve heard your music, I thought of that look in his eyes.”
John Wilson died in 2000. He was 77.
Mr. Wilson was not the only proud parent of a rock star who was also a teacher. Fredrick Hayward, the father of Justin Hayward of The Moody Blues also played his son’s band’s album for his students.
Peter Frampton‘s father, Owen, was also a teacher and one of his students was David Jones, who would later transform into David Bowie.