Category: Stevie Nicks

On this day in music history: June 10, 1983 – …

On this day in music history: June 10, 1983 – “The Wild Heart”, the second studio album by Stevie Nicks is released. Produced by Jimmy Iovine, Gordon Perry and Tom Petty, it is recorded A&R Recorders, The Record Plant in New York City, Goodnight Studios in Dallas, TX, The Record Plant, and Studio 55 in Los Angeles, CA from Late 1982 – Early 1983. Issued as the follow up to her multi-platinum solo debut “Bella Donna”, Nicks begins recording after completing the “Mirage Tour” with Fleetwood Mac during the Summer and Fall of 1982. The album features a number of guest musicians including Tom Petty & The Heartbreakers, drummer Mick Fleetwood, Toto guitarist Steve Lukather, Eagles guitarist Don Felder, E Street Band keyboardist Roy Bittan, guitarist David Williams, and an uncredited contribution from Prince, who plays synthesizers on the first single “Stand Back” (#5 Pop, #2 Mainstream Rock). Nicks is inspired to write “Stand Back” after she hears Prince’s hit single “Little Red Corvette” on the radio. The initial clip for “Stand Back” directed by Brian Grant (“Physical”, “Shock The Monkey”), is scrapped after Nicks is unhappy with how she looks in it. The second clip directed by choreographer Jeffrey Hornaday (“Flashdance”, “A Chorus Line”) is the one that is widely seen, and becomes an MTV favorite. It spins off two other singles including “If Anyone Falls” (#14 Pop, #8 Mainstream Rock), and “Nightbird” (#33 Pop). The album is remastered and reissued as a two CD deluxe edition in 2016. The first disc contains the original ten song album, with disc two featuring unreleased tracks, alternate versions, non album B-sides, demos and session recordings. It is also reissued as a 180 gram vinyl LP, making it available in that format for the first time since 1989. “The Wild Heart” peaks at number five on the Billboard Top 200, and is certified 2x Platinum in the US by the RIAA.

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Born on this day: May 26, 1948 – Singer, songw…

Born on this day: May 26, 1948 – Singer, songwriter and musician Stevie Nicks (born Stephanie Lynn Nicks in Phoenix, AZ). Happy 71st Birthday, Stevie!!!

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On this day in music history: November 18, 198…

On this day in music history: November 18, 1985 – “Rock A Little”, the third solo album by Stevie Nicks is released. Produced by Rick Nowels, Stevie Nicks, Jimmy Iovine and Keith Olsen, it is recorded at Goodnight Studios in Dallas, TX, Westlake Audio, Sunset Sound, Studio 55, United/Western Recorders, Image Recorders in Hollywood, CA, The Record Plant, Village Recorders, The Music Grinder, Art Department Sound in Los Angeles, CA, Record One in Sherman Oaks, CA and Super Bear Studios in Nice, France from Summer 1984 – Fall 1985. Nicks begins recording her third solo album in 1984 with long time producer Iovine (whom she is also romantically with involved at the time), but ends up scrapping most of what is recorded when they break up during the sessions. The singers’ substance abuse problems also reach a crisis point during this time, further delaying completion of the project. It spins off three singles including “Talk To Me” (#4 Pop) and “I Can’t Wait” (#16 Pop). “Rock A Little” peaks at number twelve on the Billboard Top 200, and is certified Platinum in the US by the RIAA.

Stevie Nicks photographed by Fin Costello …

Stevie Nicks

photographed by Fin Costello in New Haven, October 1975.  

On this day in music history: July 27, 1981 – …

On this day in music history: July 27, 1981 – “Bella Donna”, the debut solo album by Stevie Nicks is released. Produced by Jimmy Iovine and Tom Petty, it is recorded at Goodnight L.A. Studios in Van Nuys, CA, Record One and Studio 55 in Hollywood, CA from Autumn 1980 – Spring 1981. The first solo album by the Fleetwood Mac singer and songwriter, it features guest appearances by Tom Petty & The Heartbreakers and Don Henley. Nicks actually begins writing and demoing material for the album as early as the sessions for Fleetwood Mac’s “Tusk” in 1979. Over the next year, Nicks writes more than two dozen songs before it is pared down to the final ten tracks included on the finished album. Some of the songs later surface on other projects (“Gypsy” on FM’s “Mirage”, “Sleeping Angel” on the “Fast Times At Ridgemont High” soundtrack in 1982, and “I Sing For The Things” on Nicks’ “Rock A Little” in 1985). Three other songs from the recording sessions “The Dealer (aka Mistress Of My Fate)”, and “If You Were My Love” are released on the compilation “24 Karat Gold: Songs from the Vault” in September of 2014. The album spins off four hit singles including “Stop Draggin’ My Heart Around” (#3 Pop), “Edge Of Seventeen (Just Like The White Winged Dove)” (#11 Pop), and “Leather And Lace” (#6 Pop). To commemorate the thirty fifth anniversary of its original release, “Bella Donna” is remastered and reissued as a three disc expanded deluxe edition in November of 2016. The first CD contains the original ten song album, with disc two including eleven bonus tracks, with previously issued outtakes from the recording sessions, including ones that not been included on the 2014 box set. Disc three features a full live concert performance recorded at the Fox Wilshire Theater (now the Saban Theatre) in Beverly Hills, CA on December 13, 1981, with Nicks performing much of the “Bella Donna” album along with a handful of her Fleetwood Mac songs. Out of print on vinyl since a limited pressing by Simply Vinyl in 2000, it is remastered and reissued as a 180 gram LP by Rhino Records in tandem with the CD release, replicating the original album packaging including the custom labels and inner sleeve. “Bella Donna” spends one week at number one on the Billboard Top 200, and is certified 4x Platinum in the US by the RIAA.

On this day in music history: June 10, 1983 – …

On this day in music history: June 10, 1983 – “The Wild Heart”, the second studio album by Stevie Nicks is released. Produced by Jimmy Iovine, Gordon Perry and Tom Petty, it is recorded A&R Recorders, The Record Plant in New York City, Goodnight Studios in Dallas, TX, The Record Plant, and Studio 55 in Los Angeles, CA from Late 1982 – Early 1983. Issued as the follow up to her multi-platinum solo debut “Bella Donna”, Nicks begins recording after completing the “Mirage Tour” with Fleetwood Mac during the Summer and Fall of 1982. The album features a number of guest musicians including Tom Petty & The Heartbreakers, drummer Mick Fleetwood, Toto guitarist Steve Lukather, Eagles guitarist Don Felder, E Street Band keyboardist Roy Bittan, guitarist David Williams, and an uncredited contribution from Prince, who plays synthesizers on the first single “Stand Back” (#5 Pop, #2 Mainstream Rock). Nicks is inspired to write “Stand Back” after she hears Prince’s hit single “Little Red Corvette” on the radio. The initial clip for “Stand Back” directed by Brian Grant (“Physical”, “Shock The Monkey”), is scrapped after Nicks is unhappy with how she looks in it. The second clip directed by choreographer Jeffrey Hornaday (“Flashdance”, “A Chorus Line”) is the one that is widely seen, and becomes an MTV favorite. It spins off two other singles including “If Anyone Falls” (#14 Pop, #8 Mainstream Rock), and “Nightbird” (#33 Pop). The album is remastered and reissued as a two CD deluxe edition in 2016. The first disc contains the original ten song album, with disc two featuring unreleased tracks, alternate versions, non album B-sides, demos and session recordings. It is also reissued as a 180 gram vinyl LP, making it available in that format for the first time since 1989. “The Wild Heart” peaks at number five on the Billboard Top 200, and is certified 2x Platinum in the US by the RIAA.

On this day in music history: November 18, 1985 – “Rock A…

On this day in music history: November 18, 1985 – “Rock A Little”, the third solo album by Stevie Nicks is released. Produced by Rick Nowels, Stevie Nicks, Jimmy Iovine and Keith Olsen, it is recorded at Goodnight Studios in Dallas, TX, Westlake Audio, Sunset Sound, Studio 55, United/Western Recorders, Image Recorders in Hollywood, CA, The Record Plant, Village Recorders, The Music Grinder, Art Department Sound in Los Angeles, CA, Record One in Sherman Oaks, CA and Super Bear Studios in Nice, France from Summer 1984 – Fall 1985. Nicks begins recording her third solo album in 1984 with long time producer Iovine (whom she is also romantically with involved at the time), but ends up scrapping most of what is recorded when they break up during the sessions. The singers’ substance abuse problems also reach a crisis point during this time, further delaying completion of the project. It spins off three singles including “Talk To Me” (#4 Pop) and “I Can’t Wait” (#16 Pop). “Rock A Little” peaks at number twelve on the Billboard Top 200, and is certified Platinum in the US by the RIAA.

Fleetwood Mac photographed by Norman Seeff, 1978.

Fleetwood Mac photographed by Norman Seeff, 1978.