Streetheart's heyday as a popular club and concert attraction in Canada was during the late 1970s until the mid-1980s. They originally drew the attention of Atlantic Records and were signed in 1977. Their first LP, Meanwhile Back in Paris, sold 100 000 copies in 1977 and brought the band a Juno Award as most promising group of 1979. Seven LPs followed 1979-83: Under Heaven, Over Hell, Quicksand Shoes (WEA XWEA-92005). Action - The Best of Streetheart, Drugstore Dancer, Streetheart, Dancing with Danger, and Live after Dark. Record sales earned them six gold albums and four platinum albums; the single 'Under My Thumb' achieved gold single status.
Arguably Streetheart's most popular single, 'Under My Thumb' (1979), was a remake of a song by the Rolling Stones, who were an early Streetheart influence. At the peak of their career, Streetheart toured with several Canadian rock bands including Chilliwack, Rush, Harlequin, Max Webster (see Kim Mitchell), Aldo Nova, April Wine and with American bands including Sammy Hagar, Styx, Kansas, and Blue Oyster Cult.
Shields, Gutheil, and Sinnaeve remained as core members of the band through many changes in personnel until Streetheart filed for bankruptcy in 1984. Shields, who set the frenetic pace of Streetheart's live performances, subsequently performed in western Canada under his own name. Since the late 1990s Frenette and other Streetheart members have reunited for concerts and club performances and the release of two more albums.
Streetheart received two Ampex Golden Reel awards, a Music Express Magazine Award, and a Chimo Award (Canadian Country Music Award) and were voted the most popular Canadian act in the Peoples' Choice Awards. In 2003, Streetheart was inducted into the Western Canadian Music Hall of Fame.
Meanwhile Back in Paris. 1978. Atlantic Records. KCA-92002
Under Heaven Over Hell. 1979. Atlantic Records. KSD-19228
Quicksand Shoes. 1980. Atlantic Records XWEA-92005
Drugstore Dancer. 1981. Capitol Records. Cap ST-6481
Action - Best of Streetheart. 1981 Atlantic Records. XWEA-92010
Streetheart. 1982. Capitol Records. Cap ST-6491
Dancing with Danger. 1983. Capitol Records. Cap ST-6499
Over 60 Minutes with...Streetheart. 1989. Capitol Records
Live after Dark. 1983. Capitol Records. 2-Cap ST-2-6507
Buried Treasures. 1984. Capitol Records
Born to Be with You. 2001. Re-released
LeBlanc, Larry. 'Band on the run,' Today, 17 Jan 1981
'Streetheart,' CanMus, vol 3, Feb 1981