Legendary rock star Stevie Nicks is back with her good old raspy vocals, signature bangs, high-heeled boots, chiffon lace dresses and her latest album ‘In Your Dreams’. Yes, you’ve been waiting for it and now it’s here. The album was released May 4, 2011 and now widely available in your favorite record bars. According to song critics, ‘In Your Dreams’ is one of her best. Perhaps, because Stevie Nicks wrote and co-authored most of the songs in the package. Plus, the album is a collaboration of some of the most genius musicians around. This fact ensures you that your every buck is worth it. Talking about facts, let’s take a look at some of the most interesting facts on why we learned to love Stevie Nicks. Most are background snips of some of her greatest hits.
Stop Draggin’ My Heart Around
“Stop Draggin’ My Heart Around” is Stevie Nicks’ first single in her first solo album “Belladona”. The album was released July 8, 1981 and “Stop Draggin’ My Heart Around” became is an instant hit. It ranked #3 in the U.S. Billboard Hot 100 and ranked #2 in the U.S. Billboard Album Rock tracks.
The song was penned by Thomas Petty and Mike Campbell intended for their band. Jimmy Iovine, who was working with Stevie Nicks that time arranged and produced the song for her. Nicks and Tom met during the recording of Petty’s group album, “Damn the Torpedoes”. Nicks asked Tom if he could write a song for her. Tom didn’t think she was serious. A year later, Nicks came to Tom again asking the same thing. Tom wrote ‘Insider’ for their album Hard Promises, being recorded that time, recorded a demo and sent a copy to Nicks. The rising singer paid a visit to the studio the next day and eagerly taped the song with Petty’s band. Tom loved the song and included it in the album.
Petty, impressed with the lovely lady’s talent, commissioned Mike Campbell to record a demo of “Stop Draggin’ My Heart Around”, a song he wrote a year ago. They sent a demo to Nicks which she really liked. After some arrangements, the two decided to make a duet with the song. The end result? Tom thought he could’ve convened to the lady’s request earlier. The hit single turned platinum in just a few months time.
If you are a Glee fan, you must have watched the episode when Santana confessed her true feelings with and to Brittany. She can hardly express her sadness with Brit turning down her promiscuous proposal. The two are BFFs so the revelation threatened to ruin their life-long friendship. With the help of Mckinley High substitute teacher Ms. Holly Holiday, the gals let it all out in a song – Landslide. Yes, another Fleetwood Mac classic. “Took my love, I took it down. Climbed a mountain and I turned around. And I saw my reflection in the snow covered hills. Till the landslide brought me down…” Yep, those are the symbolic lyrics written by the Rock Queen herself. Many thought it was all about Nick’s dad (her dad thought it was too…). In an interview with VH1 Storytellers in 1998, Stevie Nicks revealed it was really about her relationship with long-time boyfriend Lindsey Buckingham coming to a crash like a big landslide that year. She wrote it in a friend’s magnificent house with a view of vast, snow-covered hills.
As you may know, Stevie Nicks isn’t meant to be part of Fleetwood Mac. Lindsey was the only invited one but he insisted on bringing Nicks along. Little did the group know, the girl who was just dragged along is their main gun. “Rumours” is probably their best band album. It garnered international, critical acclaims. The emotion-filled songs in the album were perhaps, the product of the group’s emotional upheavals during its recording. Lindsey was breaking up with Stevie, Mick was undergoing divorce, John and Christine were on the early stage of marital separation. “Dreams”, the main song in the album was written by Stevie Nicks in a room adjacent to their studio. With a piano, she wrote “Dreams” in a snap. Ten minutes approximately. She performed it in front of the band and Fleetwood Mac decided to record it the next day and the rest is history.