These are frequently asked questions (FAQ) about singer-songwriter Stevie Nicks. Meticulously researched, this page is inspired by the work of C.L. Moon, who created the original Stevie Nicks FAQ.
Biography & Early Years
“You are a beautiful child…” Early childhood and teen years.
What is Stevie’s real name?
Stevie’s full name is Stephanie Lynn Nicks. Stevie is a nickname that dates back to her early childhood when she had trouble pronouncing her name. She had called herself “TeeDee.”
Where was Stevie born?
Stevie was born at Good Samaritan Hospital in Phoenix, Arizona, on May 26, 1948.
Where did Stevie grow up?
Because of Stevie’s father’s frequent job promotions, the Nicks family relocated often when she was a child. Here is a list of places where the family lived:
- Phoenix, Arizona
- Albuquerque, New Mexico
- El Paso, Texas
- Salt Lake City, Utah
- Arcadia, California
- Atherton, California
- Chicago, Illinois (Stevie had stayed back in California to attend school and pursue music.)
The Nicks family eventually returned to Stevie’s birthplace of Arizona, settling in various areas of Maricopa County.
Stevie alludes to the frequent relocations in the song “Candlebright” (recorded for the 2001 album Trouble in Shangri-La), in which she describes herself as a “nomad” who’s been “rolling around [her] whole life.”
Well, you know me, I’m a nomad
I can’t feel bad about the way I am
I’ve been rolling around my whole life
You’re my candlebright in the window
Where did Stevie go to school?
As a young child, Stevie attended public schools. For 8th and 9th grades, she attended Wasatch Junior High in Salt Lake County, UT. Though raised Episcopalian, Stevie ended up attending a strict Catholic high school in downtown Salt Lake City for her freshmen year because she did not maintain a B average while in junior high school, a stipulation from her parents.
When the Nicks family was relocated to Southern California, Stevie attended Arcadia High School for her sophomore and junior years (1964-1965). In the middle of her junior year, she transferred to Menlo-Atherton High School in Northern California, where she graduated the following year. She took classes at Cañada College, a community college in Redwood City, California, and later majored in speech communication and minored in psychology at San Jose State College (University). Stevie would have pursued a career in teaching if she didn’t succeed in the music business.
Although Stevie did not graduate from Arcadia High School, she attended the Class of 1966’s 40th reunion (at the Westin Hotel in Pasadena, California on October 7, 2006), where she reminisced with her old classmates.
Did Stevie have a job before joining Fleetwood Mac?
Yes. Stevie held customer service positions before joining Fleetwood Mac in 1974. She was a hostess/waitress at establishments like Clementine’s and Bob’s Big Boy in Los Angeles. She also famously cleaned producer Keith Olsen’s house (a.k.a. “The Cleaning Lady”) while she was recording with Buckingham Nicks in the early 1970s.
Where does Stevie live now?
Stevie currently resides at different properties in Southern California.
How tall is Stevie?
Stevie is 5 feet, 1 inch.
What’s Stevie’s shoe size?
What is Stevie’s astrological sign?
Born May 26, Stevie is a Gemini.
What hand does Stevie write with?
Stevie writes with her right hand.
Family & Friends
“You give into your friends…” The people who are closest to Stevie.
Who are Stevie’s family members?
Stevie’s parents were Jess Seth Nicks and Barbara Meeks Nicks. Jess, 80, died on August 10, 2005, and Barbara, 84, died on December 28, 2012. She has one younger brother, Christopher, who married and later divorced Stevie’s backup singer Lori Nicks. They had one child, Jessica James Nicks, Stevie’s niece. You can read more about Stevie’s family history at Genealogy Magazine.
Who is Stevie’s godson, the one that inspired the song “You Can’t Fix This”?
Stevie’s godson was Glen B. Parrish, Jr., the son of Stevie’s former manager Glen Parrish, Sr. The younger Parrish died on Saturday, November 5, 2011 at a UCLA fraternity party, allegedly from alcohol and prescription-medication toxicity.
Who is Stevie’s best friend?
Stevie has specifically mentioned Lori Nicks, Sara Fleetwood, Mick Fleetwood, Waddy Wachtel, and the late Robin Snyder Anderson to be her best friends, but Stevie has many close friends.
Does Stevie have any children?
No. Because of her career, Stevie has chosen not to have children. In the August 1990 issue of People, Stevie revealed that she had considered adopting a child (a girl) but changed her mind after realizing that the demands of her life would not be compatible with raising a child. She would have called the child “Lillian Rebecca.”
Because of Stevie’s caring, maternal nature, however, many of her close friends have entrusted her to be the godmother of their children. She also considers Matthew Anderson, the son of her ex-husband Kim Anderson and late best friend Robin Snyder, to be her stepson. Matthew now has a daughter named after his late mother.
Who is Sharon Celani?
Sharon Celani is one of Stevie’s backup singers. In 1977, Stevie met Sharon at The Blue Max, a nightclub called The Blue Max on Lahaina, Maui’s Front St. Sharon had been performing there, singing Linda Ronstadt’s “Poor Poor Pitiful Me.” Impressed with Sharon’s singing, Stevie asked Sharon if she would be interested in singing with her in the future. They hit it off and later rehearsed “Blue Water,” a song that Stevie had written in Maui.
Who is Lori Nicks?
Lori Nicks is one of Stevie’s backup singers. Stevie met Lori through Gordon Perry (Lori’s ex-husband), who knew Buckingham Nicks producer Keith Olsen. Like guitarist Waddy Watchtel, Lori is one of Stevie’s closest friends. Lori later married Stevie’s brother Christopher, and together they had one child, Jessica “Jessi” James, born September 27, 1991. (Lori and Christopher are no longer married.)
Who is Sandy Stewart?
Sandy Stewart is a singer-songwriter who has collaborated with Stevie on many songs, such as “If Anyone Falls,” “Nightbird,” and tracks from Stewart’s 1983 solo album Cat Dancer. Stewart also co-wrote the songs “Seven Wonders” from Tango in the Night, “Maybe Love Will Change Your Mind” from Street Angel, and “Too Far From Texas” from Trouble in Shangri-La.
Who is Michael Campbell?
Michael Campbell is a guitarist from Tom Petty and the Heartbreakers, who he has frequently collaborated with Stevie. As with Sandy Stewart, Campbell’s role has been to provide instrumental tracks, to which Stevie can add her lyrics. “Whole Lotta Trouble,” “Freedom,” and “Blue Denim” are just a few examples of their collaborations. In 2018, Campbell joined Fleetwood Mac on their “An Evening with Fleetwood Mac” tour.
Who is Stevie’s assistant?
Karen Johnston has been Stevie’s loyal personal assistant since 1990. Karen took care of Stevie’s former Phoenix home for many years. Prior to then, Ginny “The Fan Mail Lady” Kamano assisted Stevie. Karen’s sister Kelly co-wrote the Fleetwood Mac song “No Questions Asked.”
Health & Appearance
“You remain ageless…”
How does Stevie maintain her youthful looks?
Stevie has credited staying out of the sun and using sunscreen and Creme de la Mer face cream products to protect her skin. She also exercises regularly by doing pilates and running on the treadmill.
Does Stevie smoke cigarettes?
No, not anymore. Stevie started smoking Kools cigarettes in 1984 during the recording of her third solo album Rock a Little. She quit smoking cigarettes altogether on January 1, 1997, just before the recording of Fleetwood Mac’s The Dance (1997).
Does Stevie use drugs?
In 1982, Stevie started to realize that using cocaine had become a serious problem. She put herself in a “self-imposed rehab” for two weeks, but the demands of an intensive three-day video shoot for “Gypsy” caused her to relapse into taking “a little bit of coke.”
In 1986, Stevie saw a plastic surgeon who examined the condition of her nose. She had been using aspirin dissolved in water to treat terrible headaches (from cocaine use), but the aspirin’s acidity allegedly burned a hole through cartilage in her nose, with the potential to cause a brain hemorrhage. Stevie has described the hole as being so large that a belt could pass through it.
But it was an intervention from Stevie’s parents and friends that ultimately convinced her to seek professional help. In the spring of 1987, Stevie entered a 30-day program at the Betty Ford Center in Rancho Mirage, California, to treat a decade-addiction to cocaine. She completed 28 days of the intensive program. Her experience at Betty Ford is captured in the songs “Welcome to the Room, Sara,” “When I See You Again,” and “I’m Doing the Best I Can (Escape from Berlin).”
Although she made a full recovery, she later became hooked on prescription medication, which a psychiatrist had prescribed for her. In December 1993, Stevie entered a 47-day program at the (now closed) Daniel Freeman Rehabilitation Center in Marina Del Ray, California, to treat a powerful addiction to the tranquilizer Klonopin. She has not used the drug since.
In 2015, Stevie revealed in a Rolling Stone interview that she occasionally smokes pot when she’s writing songs.
How did Stevie get back into shape after the Street Angel Tour?
Along with exercise, Stevie lost 30 lbs. using Dr. Robert Atkins’s low-carbohydrate diet. In 1997, Stevie spoke publicly about her physical appearance during the Street Angel years. ”It was a horrible, horrible thing for me. I said, ‘I will not go on stage ever again if I don’t lose this weight. I just made a decision that I was going to be healthy and I was going to enjoy my life and I was going to enjoy my singing and I was going to enjoy how incredibly lucky I am to have been in a big, huge rock-and-roll band and been very successful and have songs that people loved and that they recite at their graduations and their funerals and their bar mitzvahs and their baby showers.”
Although the famous diet helped her slim down, Stevie no longer uses the Atkins diet.
Does Stevie wear glasses?
Stevie wears glasses primarily for reading. In the mid-1990s, she had a procedure to correct severe near-sightedness. In August 2017, she had surgery to remove cataracts.
Has Stevie ever had any cosmetic surgery done?
In 1976, Stevie had her breasts augmented with silicone implants. But she had the implants removed and her breasts reconstructed in 1994; the implants had broken. Stevie was also diagnosed with the Epstein-Barr virus, a debilitating illness that can cause extreme fatigue. The illness is recurring and has no cure. In May 2020, Stevie confirmed to Rolling Stone that she had experienced another case of the virus in early 2020.
In 2003, Stevie experimented with Botox injections 10 days before the recording of Fleetwood Mac Live in Boston. Unfortunately, she was extremely disappointed with the results of the cosmetic procedure, calling it “an ugly thing.” In 2020, she reaffirmed her aversion to the popular injections, saying “Botox only makes you look like you’re in a satanic cult…Satan’s angry daughter.” (Stevens, 2020).
Is Stevie a vegetarian/vegan?
“There is magic all around you…” All about Stevie’s fabulous relationships.
Who was Stevie’s first boyfriend?
Stevie’s first real boyfriend was David “Dave” Young and the subject of the first song she ever wrote, “I’ve Loved and I’ve Lost.” Stevie met David while attending Menlo-Atherton High School in Northern California, during the late 1960s. She often dedicates “Landslide” to Dave when she performs in the San Francisco Bay Area, where he lives with his wife.
Who are Stevie’s great loves?
Stevie has said that David Young, Lindsey Buckingham, Mick Fleetwood, and Joe Walsh are the great loves of her life. She has written songs about all four men. In her live performances of “Has Anyone Ever Written Anything for You,” she has spoken about “the men in her life,” revealing “As difficult as it has been, they were poets. Yet they were priests of nothing. But they were legends. And I thought there was a connection.”
Has Stevie ever been married?
Yes, once. Stevie married record executive Kim Anderson in 1983, but the marriage only lasted three months. They did not have children. Anderson had one child, Matthew, with the late Robin Snyder, who died of leukemia in 1982. Stevie remains in touch with both Kim and Matthew Anderson. Stevie considers Matthew to be her stepson.
“What do you love to do outside your world…” Stevie’s many interests.
What does Stevie do in her spare time?
Stevie enjoys a wide variety of interests outside her career. Some of these include drawing, painting, crocheting, reading, writing in her journal, listening to new music, visiting with friends and family, attending musicals, traveling to places near the ocean, and watching daytime soap operas.
Does Stevie drive?
No. Stevie drove cars in the past but does not drive today. In 2014, during Fleetwood Mac’s On With The Show Tour, Stevie mentioned that she used to drive a “cherry red Corvair.” She also notoriously drove a Toyota Corolla with no reverse gear in the past.
Who are some of Stevie’s favorite authors?
Stevie has drawn tremendous inspiration from classic literary works. Some of her favorite authors are Edgar Allan Poe, Oscar Wilde, Charles Dickens, Taylor Caldwell, Nathaniel Hawthorne, John Keats, and Walt Whitman. Stevie has alluded to their works in many of her songs, such as “Rooms on Fire” (Wilde’s The Picture of Dorian Gray), “Kick It” (Wilde’s The Happy Prince), “Running Through the Garden” (Hawthorne’s Rappaccini’s Daughter), and “Annabel Lee” (Poe’s 1849 poem set to music).
What kind of music does Stevie like?
Stevie enjoys music from many different eras and genres and stays current with new music. As a teenager and young adult, she was fond of the bands that emerged from the mid-1960s psychedelic rock scene. Artists from that time included Bob Dylan, Jefferson Airplane, Jimi Hendrix, Janis Joplin, Led Zeppelin, and Santana, among others. Tom Petty & The Heartbreakers is her favorite rock band.
Why does Stevie twirl on stage?
Stevie enjoys ballet and dance. She once wanted to be a ballerina but focused on rock and roll instead. At her Phoenix property, she had built a ballet studio where she could practice ballet and dance.
What is Stevie’s art background?
Stevie is a self-taught artist with no formal training in art. She started drawing angels when her friend Robin Anderson was stricken with leukemia in 1982. Stevie’s art is greatly influenced by German artist Sulamith Wülfing, whose works feature depictions of angels.
What does Stevie think of social media?
Stevie has warmed up to social media over the years. During the 2020 pandemic, she shared more photos and comments online via her social media team. But Stevie generally prefers traditional means of communication, such as writing letters and cards and speaking with people in person or on the phone.
Does Stevie have any pets?
Yes. Stevie loves animals and has cared for many pets over the years. She once had Afghan Hounds named Branwen and Ginny, a French Poodle named Molly, and a pair of Chinese Crested Yorkshire Terrier mixes named Sara Belladonna and Sulamith Wülfing. She once described Sulamith as her “life-partner puppy.” Born in 1998, Sulamith passed away at the age of 17 in 2016.
On October 6, 2016, Stevie introduced her new puppy Lily, her “little tree fairy,” to the world on The Late Show with James Corden. Stevie wrote about Lily in the January 2020 issue of InSTYLE magazine.
What kind of bird is on the cover of Bella Donna?
The bird featured on the cover Bella Donna is a cockatoo named Maxwellington.
Music & Career
“You’re the poet in my heart…” The brilliant songs of Stevie Nicks.
What is the song “Sara” about?
“Sara” is mainly about Stevie’s three-month affair with Mick Fleetwood in 1978. The first half of the song is about their romance. The lyric “and he was just like a great dark wing within the wings of a storm” specifically refers to him.
But, like many of Stevie’s songs, “Sara” alludes to different things, “about what was going on with all of us at that time” (EW, 2009). The song’s title was inspired by Stevie’s good friend Sara Fleetwood. “I used her name because I love the name so much.” (EW, 2009). In 2015, Stevie confirmed in the liner notes of the Tusk reissue that the Sara referenced in the song was, indeed, her best friend Sara Fleetwood, who assisted her during the recording of the song. “My friend Sara was there when I wrote it. She kept the coffee going and kept the cassettes coming and made sure we didn’t run out of batteries, and it was a long, long night recording that demo. She was a great songwriter helper. Sara was the poet in my heart. She likes to think it was all written about her, but it really wasn’t. She’s in there, for sure, but it’s written about a lot of other things, too.”
Eagles drummer Don Henley believed that the lyric “when you build your house, call me” was about him. For many years, it was rumored that she had become pregnant with Henley’s child. “I believe, to the best of my knowledge, [that Stevie] became pregnant by me. And she named the kid Sara, and she had an abortion – and then wrote the song of the same name to the spirit of the aborted baby,” Henley told GQ magazine in 1991. “I was building my house at the time, and there’s a line in the song that says, ‘And when you build your house, call me.’”
Stevie addressed the abortion in a 1994 radio interview. “He blew it on the fact that I had an abortion,” Stevie explained to host Mary Turner. “He told a big magazine that… I would never have told that—I would never have told the world that. 92 phone calls from Don and 800 apologies later, well, that story’s out now.”
In 2014, she confirmed the pregnancy to Billboard Magazine. “Had I married Don and had that baby, and had she been a girl, I would have named her Sara. But there was another woman in my life named Sara, who shortly after that became Mick’s wife, Sara Fleetwood.”
Some fans believe that the lyric “there’s a heartbeat and it never really died” refers to Stevie and Don’s unborn child. Another related song is “Goodbye Baby,” which Stevie wrote around the same time. (“Goodbye Baby” is known as “The Tower” among demo collectors.)
In 2009, Stevie disputed Henley’s interpretation of her lyrics, saying ‘if someone said that, they’re so full of s—! .’ Instead, she offered this explanation: “When you build your house” was about when you get your act together, then let me know, because until you get your act together, I really can’t be around you.” In the Tusk liner notes, Stevie hinted that line could actually be about Eagles songwriter J.D. Souther. “Mick was the “great dark wing within the wings of a storm,” but when I was going with Mick I was hanging out with J.D. Souther and he kept saying, ‘You do know this relationship with Mick is never going to work, don’t you?’ And I said, ‘Well, when I get out of it, I’ll let you know.” And so there’s bits and pieces of him there talking to me.”
Who is “Rhiannon”?
Rhiannon is a character in the 1973 science fiction novel Triad by Mary Leader. Stevie liked the same so much that she wrote the song that became the classic “Rhiannon.” Years later, Stevie learned that Rhiannon was a Welsh deity in Celtic mythology. The striking similarities between the song “Rhiannon” and Rhiannon of the Welsh stories inspired Stevie to write several more songs about Rhiannon, the Welsh horse goddess. Most of these songs remain unreleased. “[Rhiannon] sounded so free, with personality traits of my own, about a woman who is into her own trip” (Scottsdale Daily Progress, 8/19/1977). Stevie hopes to produce a musical based on her unreleased Rhiannon songs someday.
What is the song “Gypsy” about?
“Gypsy” is about Stevie’s longing for her simpler life in the 1960s and early 1970s. The first verse of the song includes a lyric (“So I’m back to the Velvet Underground”) about visiting a San Francisco store called The Velvet Underground, where all the female rock stars of the time allegedly shopped. The store, located in the Haight/Ashbury district of San Francisco, no longer exists.
“That’s the words: ‘So I’m back to the velvet underground’ — which is a clothing store in downtown San Francisco, where Janis Joplin got her clothes, and Grace Slick from Jefferson Airplane, it was this little hole in the wall, amazing, beautiful stuff — ‘back to the floor that I love, to a room with some lace and paper flowers, back to the gypsy that I was.’ So that’s what “Gypsy” means: it’s just a search for before this all happened.” (EW, 2009)
“In the old days, before Fleetwood Mac, Lindsey (Buckingham) and I had no money, so we had a king-size mattress, but we just had it on the floor. I had old vintage coverlets on it, and even though we had no money it was still really pretty… Just that and a lamp on the floor, and that was it—there was a certain calmness about it. To this day, when I’m feeling cluttered, I will take my mattress off of my beautiful bed, wherever that may be, and put it outside my bedroom, with a table and a little lamp.
The lyrics “Lightning strikes maybe once maybe twice” and “I still see your bright eyes” are connected to Stevie’s childhood friend Robin Anderson, whom she met at Arcadia High School in the mid-1960s. Sadly, Robin passed away in 1982 after battling leukemia. (Stevie later reflected on Robin’s death in the song “Nightbird” from Stevie’s 1983 album The Wild Heart.) “I tacked on a line for my friend Robin, my best friend, who died of leukemia: ‘I still see your bright eyes.’ But then, Robin wasn’t sick yet. She got cancer, and died within a year.” (EW, 2009)
What is the song “Silver Springs” about?
“Silver Springs” is about Stevie’s romantic breakup from guitar Lindsey Buckingham. The title was inspired by a sign, bearing the name of the city Silver Spring, that Stevie saw while in Silver Spring, Maryland. She thought it sounded like a “pretty nice place to live.” The song was recorded for Rumours but was controversially removed at the last moment due to vinyl-record space limitations. “Silver Springs” was released as the b-side of the “Go Your Own Way” single, a decision that would cause friction between Stevie and Mick Fleetwood for years.
In 1990, Stevie planned to release her first retrospective Timespace: The Best of Stevie Nicks and wanted to include “Silver Springs.” But Mick Fleetwood wanted to include the elusive track on Fleetwood Mac’s retrospective 25 Years: The Chain (1992). “Silver Springs” was especially personal to Stevie because she had assigned song royalties to her mother Barbara, who affectionately referred to “Silver Springs” as her “rainy-day song.”
Ultimately, Mick didn’t approve the song’s release on Timespace, and it was subsequently released on Fleetwood Mac’s 25 Years. Hurt by this decision, Stevie distanced herself from Fleetwood Mac and left the band altogether in 1992 (with fellow bandmate Christine McVie). In interviews around this time, Stevie described Mick’s decision to withhold “Silver Springs” as having “messed with [her] family.”
In 1997, Stevie and Mick finally resolved the issue when Fleetwood Mac recorded a new version of “Silver Springs” for the live reunion album The Dance. Warner Bros. released “Silver Springs” as a promotional vinyl single with “Go Your Own Way” on the flipside.
In 2007, Warner Bros. granted rights to release the original version of “Silver Springs” on Stevie’s third retrospective release Crystal Visions: The Very Best of Stevie Nicks.
Are “Books of Miracles” and “Juliet” the same song?
Yes. Fleetwood Mac rehearsed “Juliet” for Tango in the Night, but it was not included on the album. The resulting instrumental track, dubbed”Book of Miracles,” later surfaced as the b-side of the “Seven Wonders” single. “Juliet (Run-Through),” a demo of the song, appears on the 2017 deluxe edition of Tango in the Night. Stevie recorded “Juliet” for her fourth solo album The Other Side of the Mirror (1989).
Who is that man that always danced with Stevie in her music videos?
He is dancer, choreographer, and actor Brad Jeffries. He appeared in several of Stevie’s music videos, such as “Stand Back,” “If Anyone Falls,” “Talk to Me, “I Can’t Wait,” and “Rooms on Fire”. He is best known for dancing with Stevie during the instrumental solo of “Stand Back” at shows on The Wild Heart and Rock a Little tours. During the ’80s and ’90, Jeffries worked mainly as a film and stage choreographer. The two have kept in touch over the years.
Where was the “Rooms on Fire” video filmed?
Stevie rented The Dutch Castle, located at 1366 Angelo Drive in Beverly Hills, for her “Rooms of Fire” music video. The song’s album The Other Side of the Mirror was recorded there. Some of the songwriting for the album was inspired by the castle’s 16th-Century architecture. Stevie later admitted that the monthly rent for the grand setting was $25,000.
Here are some facts about The Dutch Castle:
“The Dutch Castle — 1366 Angelo Dr., Beverly Hills. Also known as Kasteel Kamphuyzen, the 6,000-square-foot main house and 1,600-square-foot gatehouse are perched on the edge of a canyon in Beverly Hills, the scene of many civic, corporate and charitable galas. The castle was built in 1981 by Beverly Hills designer Mark Nixon and named for his business partner, Baron Herbert Hischemoeller van Kamphuyzen of the Netherlands. The structures boast stepped gables, inspired by the 16th-Century castles and townhouses of Holland” (Los Angeles Times, 1992).
Is it true that Stevie Nicks was going to be the original singer of Blondie’s 1979 #1 hit “Call Me?”
Yes. Italian producer Giorgio Moroder approached Stevie Nicks to sing on a track he had originally titled “Man Machine,” but she turned it down. Moroder then presented the song to Blondie singer Debbie Harry, who agreed to collaborate with him if the lyrics were rewritten. According to Blondie producer and bandmate Chris Stein, “Debbie’s lyrics are much more subtle than what [Giorgio] wrote. He was very direct like saying, “I am a man and I go out and I fuck all the girls.” Debbie’s lyrics are a lot more subtle, and the movie in a way is not that blatant.” (Bockris, 2016).
Did Prince really ask Stevie to write the lyrics to “Purple Rain”?
Yes. After the success of “Stand Back,” which featured Prince’s distinctive keyboard and guitar work, Stevie asked she and Prince could write a song together. So he sent her a cassette of a long instrumental track and invited her to write lyrics. But the task proved to be too challenging for Stevie: “It was so overwhelming, that 10-minute track, that I listened to it and I just got scared. I called him back and said, ‘I can’t do it. I wish I could. It’s too much for me.’ I’m so glad that I didn’t, because he wrote it, and it became ‘Purple Rain.'” (Star Tribune, 2011).
Is it true that the 1987 song “These Dreams,” the #1 single recorded by Heart, was originally intended for Stevie to sing?
Yes. Songwriter Bernie Taupin, best known for his work with Elton John, wrote the lyrics with Stevie in mind. But because the lyrics were too similar to what Stevie would write herself, she turned the song down. Musician Martin Page, the song’s co-writer, confirmed the story to Songwriter Universe. “With ‘These Dreams,’ Bernie wrote a lyric that was initially called ‘Boys In The Mist.’ It was a lyric that he had originally given to Stevie Nicks. But Stevie wasn’t interested in it or wasn’t available to do it, so he sent it to me. I was able to convince him to change the title to ‘These Dreams’—he had written [those words] in the bridge. And he let me move it around” (Songwriter Universe, 2017).
How was Stevie persuaded to record a new vocal for “Dreams” with electronic music duo Deep Dish in 2005?
“Actually, she required no persuading at all,” said Sharam Tayebi, one half of the duo. “We sent her a demo of our instrumental for approval and she apparently found it inspiring. She felt it was more appropriate to put down a new vocal, so as to make it a true reinterpretation. Fooling around with the original would be like messing with the Holy Grail. With (our version), she’s hoping to introduce the song to a whole new generation.” The new vocal was recorded at Village Studios in Los Angeles.
The new version of “Dreams” debuted at Stevie’s first Caesar’s Palace Colosseum show in Las Vegas on May 10, 2005. It was played just before the show started.
How many Grammy Awards does Stevie have?
Stevie has one Grammy Award with Fleetwood Mac. In 1978, Fleetwood Mac’s 1977 album Rumours took the top prize for Best Album. She has been nominated eight times for her solo recordings, but she has never won an award for individual work.
Where can I find lyrics to Stevie’s songs?
The Nicks Fix has an extensive collection of song lyrics. You can also find some lyrics here, or perform a search on Google by typing Stevie’s name, her song title, and the word “lyrics” in the search box (e.g. Stevie Nicks Gold Dust Woman lyrics).
Who are Stevie’s musical influences?
Janis Joplin and Jimi Hendrix served as big musical influences when Stevie began performing professionally. In 2001, she told VH1 in an episode of VH1 FanClub that she adopted her vocal phrasing from Joni Mitchell, vocal prowess from Aretha Franklin, and elegant stage presence from Grace Slick. Stevie also wanted to be the “beautiful woman in black.”
Does Stevie play any instruments?
Stevie knows how to play simple chords on the piano and guitar, which helps her write songs. She took guitar lessons for a short time many years ago, but she is largely self-taught in music.
Is Buckingham Nicks available as an official CD release?
No. Stevie and Lindsey own the rights to the 1973 recording, but have decided not to reissue it on CD at this time. Only two tracks from the original Buckingham Nicks album are officially available on CD: “Long Distance Winner,” which appears on disc three of The Enchanted Works of Stevie Nicks (1998) and “Stephanie” from Lindsey Buckingham’s promotional CD Words & Music: A Retrospective. Though out of print, both releases are widely available through independent sellers.
In 2016, Stevie performed “Crying in the Night,” the first single from Buckingham Nicks, at show on her 24 Karat Gold Tour.
What is Stevie’s record label?
In 1980, Stevie founded Modern Records with record executives Danny Goldberg, Paul Fishkin, and Doug Morris, as a vehicle to launch her solo career. Modern operated under the label of Atco Records, a division of Atlantic Records. For overseas releases, Modern exclusively licensed Stevie’s recordings to EMI Records Limited, which operated worldwide. By the end of the ‘80s, Atco encountered serious financial problems and Atlantic took over operations. By 1991, Atlantic Records eventually consolidated operations, merging Atco Records with EastWest Records, another Atlantic subsidiary. Stevie ended her recording label relationship with Atlantic Records after the release of The Enchanted Works of Stevie Nicks in 1998. Stevie later signed with Warner Bros./Reprise Records.
Who are Stevie’s backup singers?
Stevie’s current backup singers are Sharon Celani and Marilyn Martin. Stevie’s past backup singers include Stephanie “Stevvi” Alexander, Jana Anderson, George Black, Carolyn Brooks, Liza Jane Edwards, Sara Fleetwood, Lynne Mabrey, Lori Nicks, Rick Nowels, Steve Real Vasquez, Chas Sandford, Mindy Stein, Sandy Stewart, Maria Vidal, and Elisecia Wright.
In 2016, Marilyn Martin returned to Stevie’s solo band, replacing Lori Nicks, who chose to skip the tour to be with her daughter Jessica, who was expecting a child in January 2017.
Who is Stevie’s voice coach?
Steve Real Vasquez has been Stevie’s voice coach since 1997. He sings backup on Deep Dish featuring Stevie Nicks’ version of “Dreams,” which appears on Crystal Visions…The Very Best of Stevie Nicks (2007). He also sang “Leather and Lace” with Stevie during the 2011 In Your Dreams tour. He is credited for showing her appropriate techniques to help preserve her voice, such as performing vocal exercises hours before a show. Vasquez continues to work with Stevie to this day.
What does author Anne Rice think about the mention of her name in Stevie’s song “New Orleans.”
On May 9, 2011, Anne Rice responded on Facebook to the mention of her name in the song. She wrote, “I just got my first letter from a person who says he is trying my work thanks to the new Stevie Nicks song. I must say, I’m honoured by Stevie Nicks’ mention of me in that song. And hearing it makes me so homesick for New Orleans. So homesick for the oaks of uptown and the twilight sky over the Garden district, and the breeze off the river.”
“They like to wrap her in velvet…” The unmistakable fashion icon.
Who are Stevie’s fashion influences?
Janis Joplin, Jimi Hendrix, and Grace Slick served as both musical and style inspirations for Stevie’s look. She derived some of her gossamer style from ballet and dance.
Who designs Stevie’s clothes?
Stevie has worked with Los Angeles designer Margi Kent for many years to balance style with comfort for her stage outfits.
Where does Stevie get her boots?
For her trademark platform boots, Stevie has worked on custom designs with Mardiros Vartanian, Maia Mazia, and the late Pasquale di Fabrizio.
Why does Stevie occasionally wear sneakers onstage?
At her January 3, 2000 show in Anaheim, CA, Stevie told the audience that she broke her foot in Las Vegas, presumably around December 31, 1999. This was the first time she started to wear black platform sneakers onstage instead of her trademark platform boots. Many years passed before she felt comfortable enough to wear her boots for an entire show.
What is Stevie’s natural hair color?
Stevie is naturally a brunette.
Does Stevie ever wear pants?
Yes. Stevie occasionally dons a fabulous pair of pants (usually in black) at shows and special events. In her early years, she would wear jeans from time to time.
Where can I buy Stevie-inspired clothing?
For clothes in the style of Stevie Nicks, try searching on Etsy for handmade and vintage Stevie-Nicks-related items. For Stevie’s iconic gold triangle and crescent moon pendants, try Camias Jewelry Designs. Visit the Shop page for other Stevie-inspired items.
Why does Stevie wear a tophat onstage?
The tophat is part of Stevie’s stage costume, which she usually dons when Fleetwood Mac performs “Go Your Own Way.” Stevie found her first tophat while antique shopping in Buffalo, New York, during the Rumours tour. She has also worn a variety of other hats throughout her career.
How does Stevie feel about being portrayed as a goat on the show South Park?
Knowing that the animated show poked fun at many celebrities, Stevie thought it was hysterical. “I got kidnapped by the Afghanistan people and they sent the army in to get me. Yes, I was a little goat in a cape. But who cares? It was hysterical. The fact is, they sent the whole army in to get me!” (KBCO Radio, 2011).
Philanthropy & Politics
“Do it for the world…” The charitable side of Stevie Nicks.
What charities does Stevie support?
Stevie devotes much of her spare time to philanthropy, supporting many important causes. She has done significant work with the Arizona Heart Foundation, which her late father Jess Nicks also supported, and City of Hope, a cancer research and treatment center in Duarte, California (near Los Angeles).
In 2006, she founded the Stevie Nicks Soldier’s Angel Foundation, inspired by her many visits to military hospitals in Bethesda, Maryland.
Stevie has also supported Big Brothers Big Sisters, Elevate Hope Foundation, GRAMMY Foundation, Music Rising, New York Restoration Project, ONE Campaign, Red Cross, Soles4Souls, Special Olympics, and United Service Organization, among many other charities and causes over the years.
What is Stevie’s political affiliation?
Stevie has supported democratic candidates in the past, most recently Hillary Clinton in 2016. But she generally keeps her political views private.
“Has anyone ever written anything for you…” The most noteworthy books about Stevie Nicks.
What are some good books written about Stevie?
The best books about Stevie Nicks are the ones with first-hand accounts, interactions, and interviews with her. Some of these include:
- Fleetwood Mac: The Authorized History (1978) by Samuel Graham
- Everything You Want to Know about Stevie Nicks (1984) by Ethlie Ann Vare and Ed Ochs
- Fleetwood: My Life and Adventures in Fleetwood Mac (1990) by Mick Fleetwood and Stephen Davis
- Bumping Into Geniuses: My Life Inside the Rock and Roll Business (2008) by Danny Goldberg
- Storms: My Life with Lindsey Buckingham and Fleetwood Mac (2009) by Carol Ann Harris
- Making Rumours: The Inside Story of the Classic Fleetwood Mac Album (2012) by Ken Caillat
- It’s Not Only Rock ‘n’ Roll: Iconic Musicians Reveal the Source of Their Creativity (2014) by Dr. Jenny Boyd and Holly George-Warren
- Play On: Now, Then, and Fleetwood Mac: The Autobiography (2015) by Mick Fleetwood and Anthony Bozza ( similar to Fleetwood’s 1990 book)
- Stevie Nicks: Visions, Dreams and Rumours (2017) by Zoë Howe
- Get Tusked: The Inside Story of Fleetwood Mac’s Most Anticipated Album (2019) by Ken Caillat and Hernan Rojas
Has Stevie ever published her memoirs or a book about her life?
No. Stevie has never published a book about her life and career, but she has kept personal journals. In the mid-1980s, she considered releasing a book called The Wild Heart, a chronicle of that album’s recording sessions. In a 1986 interview, she said the following about the project:
“The book is called The Wild Heart. The book is really…we call it ‘The Book.’ It’s a lot of poetry, it’s some journalistic stuff, it’s a lot of the actual nights of recording of The Wild Heart and the experiences that happened during that 2-3 year period. There are some things from my Fleetwood Mac stash of 10 years of writing. That part of it, the real essence of that, isn’t in this book because that’s a book in and of itself. It’s my life, and it’s very honest. The names have been changed, but it’s very honest.”
For unknown reasons, the book was never published. Stevie has since changed her mind about publishing a book about her life to protect the privacy of the people close to her.
“Rumours are started…” The crazy, unusual, and false narratives about Stevie Nicks.
Is Stevie a witch?
No! The rumor probably originated from one or more of the following things: Stevie’s song “Rhiannon,” which she has described as being about a Welsh witch; Stevie’s past Halloween costumes as a witch; and Stevie’s preference to wear primarily black clothing onstage. Stevie has publicly stated many times that she is not a witch. During the early 1980s, Stevie stopped wearing black clothes for a short period of time because the rumor “scared” her. In 2013, Stevie acquiesced to the silly witch rumors by appearing as “The White Witch” on Season 3 of American Horror Story: Coven.
Is the rumor about Stevie paying someone to blow cocaine up a certain orifice true?
No! In 2001, Stevie emphatically denied the rumor, telling Q magazine: “You know, I heard that too. But of course that never, ever happened. That is an absurd statement. It’s not true. Maybe that nasty rumour came from the fact that people knew I had such a big hole in my nose, which of course didn’t stop me from doing cocaine one little bit.”
Did cocaine use cause a hole to burn through Stevie’s nose?
Possibly. Cocaine use may have been a contributing factor, but the actual hole in her nasal cartilage was allegedly caused by the acidity from aspirin. Stevie used a liquid solution of aspirin to treat severe headaches.
Is Stevie gay?
No! Stevie identifies as heterosexual and dates men. Her songs lyrics (i.e. using the pronouns “she” and “her” in place of herself and the names of female subjects, such as “Rhiannon,” “Sara,” and “Alice”) have sometimes led to this misconception. In 1990, Stevie set the record straight, so to speak, telling Us Magazine that she “loves men too much.” But Stevie has been open about her support for the LGBTQ+ community, giving her blessing to New York City’s long-running Night of a Thousand Stevies, a drag show tribute to her.
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