10 Things You Didn’t Know About Stevie Nicks
Stevie Nicks has lived a life that is as dramatic as any movie and as tumultuous as any roller-coaster ride. She has achieved massive success as a member of Fleetwood Mac and as a beloved solo artist, but she has also battled through severe drug addictions and dysfunctional relationships. On her 63rd birthday today (May 26), we present you with an intriguing list of 10 Things You Didn't Know About Stevie Nicks:
Nicks says a tap dance routine with a friend at a sixth grade talent show gave her the confidence to become a performer. The routine went really well, and she decided then and there that performing in front of people is what she wanted to do.
Nicks' grandfather, Aaron Nicks, was a struggling country singer who taught her how to sing and play guitar at a very early age. She would sing and dance with her grandfather at local gigs at bars and gin mills starting when she was just 5 years old.
Nicks, whose family moved around a lot, met Lindsey Buckingham when she was attending high school in San Francisco. He was playing 'California Dreamin'' by the Mamas and the Papas at a social gathering, and she just got up and started singing with him.
After Nicks joined Buckingham's group Fritz, the band got to play some high-profile gigs opening for Buffalo Springfield, Janis Joplin and Jimi Hendrix. One time, Hendrix pointed out Nicks on the side of the stage and dedicated a song to her.
When Nicks and Buckingham got the call to join Fleetwood Mac, they were down to their last few dollars. Nicks was working as a waitress to support them. At their first rehearsal with Fleetwood Mac, they each received $200 from the band to help them get by.
In 1983, Nicks' best friend Robin died of leukemia shortly after giving birth to a son. Nicks decided that the best thing to do was to marry her late friend's husband, Kim Anderson, and raise the child together. It didn't work out, and she has since called the decision 'crazy.'
After beating a well-documented addiction to cocaine in the '80s, Nicks got hooked on the prescription drug Klonopin, which is a tranquilizer used to treat panic attacks. She kicked that habit in the mid-'90s, and has been sober ever since.
Nicks' relationships with Buckingham, Mick Fleetwood and Eagles singer Don Henley are pretty well known, but she has recently revealed that the love of her life was Eagles guitarist Joe Walsh. They were together in the mid-'80s, but broke up because they were both serious drug addicts.
Despite all the success she has had over her career, Nicks has only one Grammy Award, which she won with Fleetwood Mac for Album of the Year ('Rumours'). As a solo artist, she has received eight nominations, but has come home empty-handed every time.
She founded the Stevie Nicks Soldier's Angel Foundation, with the aim to use music to help in the rehabilitation of wounded soldiers who fought in Iraq and Afghanistan. The foundation provides the soldiers with iPods that have already been filled with music.