Singer/songwriter Stevie Nicks, who is famous for her husky voice, reached the pinnacle of her musical career with Bella Donna (1981), a 5x platinum album that received heavy airplay through the single “Stop Draggin’ My Heart Around” (with Tom Petty and the Heartbreakers). She is also praised for her work in “Stand Back” (1983), the Grammy-nominated “Violet and Blue” (soundtrack from the 1984’s drama Against All Odds), “Talk To Me” (1985), “Rooms on Fire” (1989) and “Planets of the Universe” (2001, popularized by its remixed version). Previously, Nicks earned public recognition as a member of the band Fleetwood Mac, who scored success with such self-penned songs as “Rhiannon” (1975), “Landslide” (1975), “Gold Dust Woman” (1977) and “Gypsy” (1982). She, along with the band, earned a Grammy nomination for their reunion project, The Dance (1998).
Amid her well-built musical career, Nicks had serious drug problems, which started off in the mid 1980s. Although, in 1986, she was in cocaine rehab at the Betty Ford Rehabilitation Center, the artist was then addicted to Klonopin, a sedative used to counteract her anxiety after reducing her cocaine dose. In late 1993, she had a 47-day detoxification from Klonopin.
On a more private note, Nicks was once involved with Lindsey Buckingham, Mick Fleetwood of Fleetwood Mac, the late Warren Zevon, and Don Henley of Eagles. During 1983-1984, she was married to Kim Anderson. Nicks now remains unmarried and lives in Paradise Valley, Arizona.
Loved and Lost
Childhood and Family:
On May 26, 1948, Stephanie Lynn Nicks (later famous as Stevie Nicks) was born in Phoenix, Arizona. Her grandfather, a struggling country singer, taught her to sing when she was four. With her well-developed musical talent, 16-year old Stevie wrote her first song, called “I’ve Loved and I’ve Lost.” On August 10, 2005, her father died.
While attending Menlo Atherton High School, she formed a band named the Changing Times and met future musical and private partner Lindsey Buckingham. They created the band Fritz, along with friends Javier Pacheco and Calvin Roper, and launched their pro career in music. Amid her attempt to pursue a musical career, Stevie continued her studies at the San Jose State University in Northern California.
As for her romantic life, Stevie was involved with some of her musical partners before eventually marrying Kim Anderson on January 29, 1983. Previously, Kim’s wife, who was also Stevie’s best friend, died of leukemia and Stevie felt obliged to marry him and become his child’s mother. However, in April 1984, they divorced.
Stevie Nicks and the Fritz earned some recognition in the West Coast music community with their opening acting for Jimi Hendrix, Janis Joplin and Creedence Clearwater Revival. Yet, the band quickly parted ways, leaving Nicks and Lindsey Buckingham working as a duo. In 1973, they released their only duo album, Buckingham Nicks, which apparently made little impact, save for drummer Mick Fleetwood. He then asked them to join his band, Fleetwood Mac.
In 1975, Fleetwood Mac released an eponymous album, which included Nicks’ self-written hit single “Rhiannon” and “Landslide,” as well as the re-released Buckingham Nicks’ song “Crystal.” Soon, the band had their first success by topping the Billboard 200 chart and selling over 5 million copies. It was ensued by the bestseller album Rumours (1977), for which Nicks contributed the No.1 Billboard Hot 100 single “Dreams,” “Gold Dust Woman” and “I Don’t Want to Know.” Fleetwood Mac’s next recording, the double album Tusk (1979), did not fare as well due to its more experimental sound. In Tusk, Nicks wrote several songs, including “Sisters of the Moon,” “Angel,” “Beautiful Child” and “Storms.” At the time, the band began falling apart.
Nicks, who formerly recorded “Whenever I Call You Friend” (1978) with Kenny Loggins, went solo and launched her debut album, Bella Donna, in 1981. Scoring huge success, the debut recording became the No.1 Billboard 200 album and by 1990, had received 5x platinum certification. Bella Donna dispatched the No. 3 Billboard Hot 100 single “Stop Draggin’ My Heart Around” (with Tom Petty and the Heartbreakers), “Leather and Lace” (with Don Henley), “Edge of Seventeen” and “After the Glitter Fades.” It brought her to the movie industry, where she sang the self-written “Blue Lamp” for the animated adventure movie Heavy Metal (1981).
Rejoining Fleetwood Mac, Nicks penned “Gypsy,” “That’s Alright” and “Straight Back” for the band’s double platinum album Mirage (1982). The artist then launched her sophomore solo album, The Wild Heart (1983), which also went double platinum. It spawned three hit singles, “Stand Back,” “If Anyone Falls” and “Nightbird,” as well as broke the Mainstream Rock chart with “Enchanted,” “Nothing Ever Changes” and “I Will Run to You.” Performing “Violet and Blue” for the drama Against All Odds (1984), Nicks was nominated for a Grammy for Best Album of Instrumental Score Written for a Motion Picture.
Two years later, she issued the platinum album Rock a Little (1985) with major hit tracks “Talk To Me,” “I Can’t Wait” and “Has Anyone Ever Written Anything for You.” Amid her cocaine rehab, Nicks returned to Fleetwood Mac to work on the album Tango in the Night (1987). The recording became Buckingham’s final involvement with Fleetwood Mac and he was replaced by Rick Vito and Billy Burnette. In 1988, the band released their Greatest Hits album.
The Other Side of the Mirror (1989), Nicks’ third solo album, managed to go platinum thanks to such singles as “Rooms On Fire,” “Whole Lotta Trouble” and “Long Way to Go.” After the release of Fleetwood Mac’s gold album, Behind the Mask (1990), she decided to leave the group.
The next year, she issued a greatest hits collection called Timespace (1991), which featured her collaboration with Jon Bon Jovi (“Sometimes It’s a Bitch”) and Bret Michaels of Poison (“Love’s a Hard Game to Play”) and saw the album go platinum. The same success, however, did not happen to her studio album Street Angel (1994), whose lead single “Maybe Love Will Change Your Mind” only hit the 57th spot on the Billboard Hot 100 singles chart.
Taking a break for her drug problem, Nicks still did movie soundtracks, such as the self-penned “Twisted” for Twister (1996) and “Somebody Stand By Me” for Boys on the Side (1995, written by Sheryl Crow). She next marked her comeback by working with Fleetwood Mac in their reunion project, the live album The Dance (1997). The project eventually brought the band a Grammy nomination. The following year, she released the gold-selling box set album The Enchanted Works of Stevie Nicks (1998).
Nicks regained fame with her gold studio album Trouble in Shangri-La (2001) and created success among club music listeners with the remixed version of her “Planets of the Universe.” She re-teamed with other members of Fleetwood Mac in Say You Will (2003), their first studio album in 16 years. Nicks still gives special performances around the world, which included performing in Australia and New Zealand (February-March 2006) and at the inaugural Rock’N the Rally Music Fest (August 2006).