This week, on May 26th, legendary singer extraordinaire Stephanie Lynn Nicks, more commonly known as Stevie Nicks turns 69.
Nicks, formerly of the 70’s rock band, Fleetwood Mac and the curator of her own successful solo career has charmed the hearts of listeners across the globe.
Throughout her almost fifty year career, Nicks has developed over 40 Top 50 hits, and has sold over 140 million records. Along with her success on the charts, Nicks was inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame as a member of Fleetwood Mac, has grabbed eight Grammy nominations, and was awarded one with Fleetwood Mac.
Fleetwood Mac, made up of Stevie Nicks, her then boyfriend Lindsey Buckingham (lead guitarist of the group), John McVie, and Mick Fleetwood was the band that sparked Nicks’ success in the music world. She originally joined the band in the year 1974 when her long-term boyfriend Buckingham was offered a position in the band as lead guitarist, on the one condition that Stevie would also become a member.
In 1981, Nicks began to work on her solo career and released her first solo record titled, Bella Donna, which reached success on the Billboard Hot 100 chart. Albums following suit include The Wild Heart (1983), Rock A Little (1985), Tango in the Night (1987), The Other Side of The Mirror (1989), Behind The Mask (1990), and more. She busted out classic hits along the likes of “Edge of Seventeen” and “Stop Draggin’ My Heart Around.” Nicks’ latest release made it’s debut in 2014, 24 Karat Gold: Songs from the Vault.
Apart from the music that Stevie Nicks bestowed on the world, she has also left her mark in the form of her style and fashion. Her tunics and shawls with long dangling, flowy sleeves are a trademark, and are still a part of her style to this day. She’s also influenced artists from all across the music genre; country group The Dixie Chicks covered the classic, “Landslide” on their album Home (2002), and in turn brought the single into the charts for a second time.
If one thing is certain, the mark that Stevie Nicks has had on not only musicians, but specifically female musicians is something that will never be forgotten. Nicks has no plan to leave the music scene anytime soon; as she just recently went on-stage with artist Harry Styles at a secret Los Angeles show last week.
A very Happy Birthday to the “Queen of Rock and Roll”!
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