Stevie Nicks is one of the most well-known and celebrated names in the music industry. She has a career for over 56 years and is still blessing us with her euphonious voice. Born on 26 May 1948, Nicks was taught to sing by her grandfather at the age of four. When she went to high-school in California, she met her future musical and romantic partner, Lindsey Buckingham. Soon, the duo started their band named Fritz back in 1967.
Although Fritz disbanded in 1972, the duo continued to write songs but couldn’t do well in the highly competitive industry. During this time, Nicks began working multiple jobs including waiting tables and cleaning producer Keith Olsen’s house, where Nicks and Buckingham lived for a time before moving in with Richard Dashut, a music producer. During this time, she wrote a song named “Rhiannon” Which became one of her best written songs when she joined Fleetwood Mac.
Nicks and Buckingham joined Fleetwood Mac in 1975, helping the band to become one of the best-selling music acts of all time, with over 120 million records sold out worldwide. In 1981, while remaining a member of Fleetwood Mac, Nicks began her solo career. She released her first solo studio album “Bella Donna”, which topped the Billboard 200 and has reached multi platinum status. She has released eight solo studio albums and seven studio albums with Fleetwood Mac, selling a certified total of 65 million copies in the US alone.
After releasing her first solo album, Rolling Stone named her the “Reigning Queen of Rock and Roll”. She was also named one of the 100 Greatest Songwriters of All Time and one of the 100 Greatest Singers of All Time by Rolling Stone. Moreover, she is the first woman to have been inducted twice into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame; first as a member of Fleetwood Mac in 1998 and then as a solo artist in 2019, where singer Harry Styles, who himself is a huge fan of Nicks, did the honour to present her with the award.
Nicks has garnered eight Grammy Award nominations and two American Music Award nominations as a solo artist. She has won numerous awards with Fleetwood Mac, including a Grammy Award in 1978 for their massive hit album “Rumours”.
The legend, Stevie Nicks, has contributed immensely to the music industry and is still living her dreams. And on her 74th birthday, we wish her a long and healthy life. Happy birthday, Stevie!
- Staff Reporter