Nicks met her future partner Lindsey Buckingham while in high school and along with two others formed a band called Fritz which became popular as a live act from 1968 until 1972. After the band parted, Nicks and Buckingham remained as a duo releasing the album Buckingham Nicks in 1973. While not a commercial success it caught the attention of Fleetwood Mac band members who were attempting to broaden their appeal. They invited the duo to join them, and the new ensemble released the album Fleetwood Mac in 1975. Nicks contributed songs such as "Rhiannon" and "Landslide", originally written for the second Buckingham Nicks album.
The album was a considerable success, and its follow-up Rumours released in 1977 became one of the all time best selling albums. With several Nicks songs such as "Gold Dust Woman" it also contained Fleetwood Mac's only United States number one single, "Dreams" which was written by Nicks and featured her on lead vocals. The band's next album Tusk was more experimental in sound and while successful alienated some of its fans. Nicks' song "Sara" written for the girlfriend of band member Mick Fleetwood was a hit single.
Nicks recorded her first solo album Bella Donna in 1981. Its lead single "Stop Dragging My Heart Around" was a collaboration with Tom Petty and the Heartbreakers and it reached number three on the US charts. Other singles included "Leather and Lace" with Don Henley and "Edge of Seventeen". Bella Donna reached No. 3 on the U.S. Billboard Album charts and as of 1990 is certified quadruple (4x) platinum. Nicks joined Fleetwood Mac for their 1982 album "Mirage" and contributed the hit "Gypsy", and released a second solo album titled "The Wild Heart" in 1983, which featured the Prince inspired track "Stand Back", and "If Anyone Falls". In 1985 she released the album "Rock A Little" scoring more hit singles with "Talk To Me" and "I Can't Wait".
For the next couple of years Nicks withdrew from performing and during her hiatus was treated for drug addiction. Nicks was treated for an addiction to cocaine at the Betty Ford clinic. Later, Nicks was advised to take a sedative to counteract her anxiety after ceasing her use of cocaine which lead to another addiction battle in which she overcame along with her sixty cigarette per day habit. Her next album was with Fleetwood Mac. Titled "Tango in the Night" Nicks' song "Seven Wonders" was one of the album's biggest hits. Sandy Stewart wrote the song "Seven Wonders". Since Nicks only listened to the song a small number of times, the lines "all the way down you held the line" was misheard by Nicks as "all the way down to Emmeline" She currently resides in Paradise Valley, Arizona, a suburb of Phoenix.
In 1998, Lucy Lawless parodied Nicks on Saturday Night Live, in a skit called Stevie Nicks' [faja|Fajita]] Round-Up. In the skit, Nicks ran a Tex-Mex cantina in Arizona, where all of her signature dishes were take-offs on her song titles. Also, in the skit, she ties in her food choices to her drug addictions.
In one episode of South Park she is mistaken for a goat when she and Fleetwood Mac perform in Afghanistan for US soldiers.
Stevie Nicks was ranked # 14 on VH1's list of most influential female artists in music history.
- The Official Stevie Nicks web site
- AMG Entry for Stevie Nicks
- Stevie Nicks parody transcript (Lucy Lawless on SNL)
- Fleetwood Mac website, one of the largest and most extensive.
- Bella Donna (1981)
- The Wild Heart (1983)
- Rock a Little (1985)
- The Other Side of the Mirror (1989)
- Behind the Mask (1990)
- Timespace - The Best of Stevie Nicks (1991)
- Street Angel (1994)
- The Enchanted Works of Stevie Nicks (1998)
- Trouble in Shangri-La (2001)
With Fleetwood Mac
- Fleetwood Mac (1975)
- Rumours (1977)
- Tusk (1979)
- Fleetwood Mac Live (1980)
- Mirage (1982)
- Tango in the Night (1987)
- Fleetwood Mac's Greatest Hits (1988)
- The Chain (1992)
- The Dance (1997)
- The Very Best of Fleetwood Mac (2002)
- Say You Will (2003)