Stevie Nicks Biography
Stephanie Lynn Nicks was born on May 26, 1948 to Jess and Barbara Nicks
in Phoenix, Arizona USA. The family moved often throughout her childhood,
living in New Mexico, Utah and Texas as Stevie's father moved up the corporate
ladder. Stevie Nicks began writing songs at age sixteen after receiving
a guitar for her birthday and occasionally provided entertainment at school
functions at Menlo-Atherton High.
She met Lindsey Buckingham during her senior year of High School and the two, along with friends Javier Pacheco and Calvin Roper, formed Fritz Rabyne Memorial Band. In 1968, Fritz began their professional career in the Bay Area, opening for acts such as Jimi Hendrix, Janis Joplin and Creedence Clearwater Revival.
When Fritz broke up in 1971, Nicks and Buckingham remained musically involved and soon became romantically involved as well. Two years later the two released a 10-song album entitled "Buckingham Nicks"; despite its intriguing cover, both appeared on the album quite bare-chested, the LP was a flop and Nicks and Buckingham fell on some very hard times financially.
In the fall of 1974 they were invited to join Fleetwood Mac; it was the turning point, in fact, from there the band scored an impressive number of huge-selling albums. Three years later the band released "Rumours", one of the biggest-selling albums of all time; it was during this time that Nicks and Buckingham romantic relationship faded.
Aside from her active participation in Fleetwood Mac, in July 1981 Stevie Nicks released her debut solo album, "Bella Donna", which shot to #1 on the U.S. Top 200 LPs & Tapes chart and to #2 in Canada, highlighted by the worldwide smash "Stop Draggin' My Heart Around", recorded in collaboration with Tom Petty & the Heartbreakers; this single peaked at #3 on The Billboard Hot 100 and #2 on The Mainstream Rock charts. The album also included a duet with singer Don Henley, "Leather And Lace", another Billboard's Hot 100 top 10 hit and "Edge Of Seventeen" which crested at #4 on The Mainstream Rock chart. "Bella Donna" was later certified 5 x platinum by the RIAA.
After the enormous success of Fleetwood Mac's "Mirage", Stevie Nicks returned with another solo outing in June 1983; the album, "The Wild Heart", quickly catapulted into the top 5 of The Billboard 200 and subsequently went platinum while the first single, "Stand Back", grabbed a #5 spot on The Billboard Hot 100 and rose to #2 on The Mainstream Rock chart. The album contained four more singles: two U.S. Top 40 Sales hits, "Nightbird" and "If Anyone Falls", the latter of which also went to #8 on The Mainstream Rock Tracks and two further Rock radio top 20 hits, "Enchanted" and "Nothing Ever Changes".
In November 1985 Nicks released "Rock A Little", another platinum album which opened up at #12 on The Billboard 200 and made its way in the top 10 in both Canada and Australia. The first single, "Talk To Me", hit #4 on The Billboard Hot 100 and #1 on The Mainstream Rock charts, while the follow-up, the catchy "I Can't Wait", reached the #16 spot on The Billboard Hot 100 and #6 on The Mainstream Rock Tracks.
She returned with her next solo record, "The Other Side Of The Mirror", in June 1989; it quickly bulleted into the top 10 of the U.S. Billboard 200 Albums list; nevertheless, the disc stalled at sales of 500,000 copies and was certified platinum by the RIAA eight years later. The lead-off single, "Rooms On Fire", earned Stevie Nicks yet another Mainstream Rock #1 hit and it also crossed over into the top 20 of The Billboard Hot 100. The second single, "Long Way To Go", fell just shy of the Mainstream Rock top 10. "The Other Side Of The Mirror" found more success in Britain than in America as the aforementioned lead single, "Rooms On Fire", became her first and only U.K. top 20 hit and the album itself soared to #3.
In 1991, when the Rock's reigning queen was compiling "Timespace - The Best Of Stevie Nicks" and her request to include a song wrote after her break-up with Buckingham, "Silver Springs", was denied, Nicks announced that she would “never again” work with Fleetwood Mac. That same year the greatest-hits-set ascended into the top 40 in U.S. and Canada and also inched into the top 20 in the U.K. and Australia. One of the three new song on the album, "Sometimes It's A Bitch", shot up to #7 on The Mainstream Rock chart.
Her next album of all-new-material, "Street Angel", followed in the spring of 1994 but failed to make it past #45 on The Billboard 200 and produced only one single, "Maybe Love Will Change Your Mind" which scraped the lower reaches of The Mainstream Rock Tracks.
Ironically, "Silver Springs" was the very song which Fleetwood
Mac chose to release as their first single when they reunited with
the Rumours line-up in May 1997. After years of devoting herself to solo
pursuits, Nicks decided to put the bitterness of the past behind her and
join the group and tour once more.
Stevie Nicks was inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame with Fleetwood Mac on January 12, 1998 at the Waldorf Astoria Hotel in New York City.
"Trouble In Shangri-La", her sixth solo album arrived in May of 2001, making a strong #5 debut on The Billboard Top 200 list and going gold in a month. "Every Day", the first single, peaked at #16 on the U.S. Adult Contemporary chart and its follow-up, "Planets Of The Universe", hit #1 on the Billboard's Dance Music/Club Play Singles chart.
In May 2011 Stevie Nicks returned with "In Your Dreams", her first studio album in ten years. "Secret Love", a song that Nicks originally demoed in the late '70s, was remade for her new offering and was selected as the first single off the record which hit #6 on The Billboard Top 200 Albums chart.