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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.

PortraitRoy Carter
ep, eb
PortraitKeith Harrison
key US
PortraitDerek Bramble
b *1962 GB
PortraitRod Temperton
ep *1947 GB
PortraitJohnnie Wilder Jr.
voc, bvoc 1949-2006 US
PortraitKeith Wilder
voc 1951-2017 US
Calvin Duke
key US
PortraitJ.D. Nicholas
voc, bvoc
PortraitEric Johns
g JM
PortraitErnest Berger
dr, perc SK
PortraitMario Mantese
eb, b *1951 SZ
PortraitWilliam Jones
g, voc, bvoc
Peter Allatt
Popular Tracks   
Boogie Nights on Too Hot to Handle by Heatwave
Always and Forever on Too Hot to Handle by Heatwave
The Groove Line on Central Heating by Heatwave
Always and Forever - Single Version on Too Hot to Handle by Heatwave
Mind Blowing Decisions on Central Heating by Heatwave
Boogie Nights - Single Version on Too Hot to Handle by Heatwave
The Star of a Story on Central Heating by Heatwave
All I Am on Candles by Heatwave
The Big Guns on Heatwave's Greatest Hits by Heatwave
Ain't No Half Steppin' on Too Hot to Handle by Heatwave

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Band Membership

Title Artist Year Type
The Mike Maurro Remixes Vol. 2Heatwave2017Album
The Mike Maurro Remixes Vol. 1Heatwave2017Album
The Groove Line (Digital Visions Re-Edit)Heatwave2015Single
The G.T.O. Singles CollectionHeatwave2010Compil.
Too Hot To Handle + Central HeatingHeatwave2010Compil.
Goin' Crazy / Hello HerbieHeatwave / Alex Band2008Album
Best Of HeatwaveHeatwave2007Compil.
The Heatwave CollectionHeatwave2004Compil.
GroovelinePeter Lorimer vs. Heatwave2002Album
Greatest HitsHeatwave2001Compil.
Musikladen (1976)Heatwave2001Album
Boogie Nights / Ain't No Half Steppin'Heatwave2000Album
Boogie NightsHeatwave1999Compil.
Live At The Greek Theatre HollywoodHeatwave1997Album
The Best Of Heatwave: Always And ForeverHeatwave1996Compil.
Always And ForeverHeatwave1995Album
Dance HitsHeatwave1992Compil.
Always And ForeverHeatwave1992Album
Mind Blowing DecisionsHeatwave1990Single
Feel Like Making LoveHeatwave Featuring Jocelyn Brown1990Single
Gangsters Of The GrooveHeatwave1990Compil.
The Sound Of SoulHeatwave1989Compil.
Funk MastersHeatwave1989Compil.
The FireHeatwave1988Album
Who Dat?Heatwave1988Album
Straight From The HeartHeatwave1987Single
Gangsters Of The Groove / The Groove Line / Mind Blowing Decisions / Too Hot To HandleHeatwave1986Album
Old School Soul RemixMaze Featuring Frankie Beverly, Heatwave1985Album
Heatwave's Greatest HitsHeatwave1984Compil.
Boogie Nights / Always And ForeverHeatwave1984Single
Maximum HeatHeatwave1983Compil.
Look After LoveHeatwave1982Single
Power Cuts - All Their Hottest HitsHeatwave1982Compil.
The Big Guns / Lettin' It LooseHeatwave1982Single
Lettin' It Loose / Mind What You FindHeatwave1982Album
Posin' Til Closin'Heatwave1981Single
Greatest HitsHeatwave1981Compil.
Turn AroundHeatwave1980Album
Gangsters Of The GrooveHeatwave1980Album
The Groove Line / Gangsters Of The GrooveHeatwave1980Single
Where Did I Go WrongHeatwave1980Single
Only The Music's Changed / Jitterbuggin'The Dooleys / Heatwave1980Album
One Night TanHeatwave1979Single
Rod TempertonHeatwave1979Compil.
Hot PropertyHeatwave1979Single
Razzle DazzleHeatwave1979Single
Hot PropertyHeatwave1979Album
Therm WarfareHeatwave1979Single
Eyeballin' / BirthdayHeatwave1979Single
The Groove Line / Always And ForeverHeatwave1978Single
Mind Blowing Decisions / Beat Your BootyHeatwave1978Single
Central HeatingHeatwave1978Album
Mind Blowing Decisions / Ain't No Half Steppin'Heatwave1978Album
The Groove LineHeatwave1977Single
Too Hot To Handle / Ram JamHeatwave / Ram Jam1977Album
Too Hot To HandleHeatwave1977Single
Always And ForeverHeatwave1977Single
Always And Forever / Ain't No Half Steppin'Heatwave1977Single
Always And Forever / Super Soul SisterHeatwave1977Single
The Groove Line / Boogie NightsHeatwave1977Single
Ain't No Half Steppin'Heatwave1976Single
Too Hot To HandleHeatwave1976Album
Boogie Nights / Too Hot To HandleHeatwave1976Album
Boogie NightsHeatwave1976Single
Super Soul SisterHeatwave1976Single
Fly Robin Fly / Boogie NightsSilver Convention / HeatwaveAlbum
The Groove Line / Mind Blowing DecisionsHeatwaveSingle
UntitledHeatwave / B.T. ExpressAlbum
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