Article From Ultimate Classic Rock
Let’s get one thing straight: Stevie Nicks is, of course, already in the Rock & Roll Hall of Fame with Fleetwood Mac, since that band was inducted in 1998. However, Nicks has also carved out an impressive parallel solo career that certainly justifies her first-ever Rock Hall nomination as an individual.
In fact, the Arizona native is inarguably the most successful member of Fleetwood Mac outside of the band, a status cemented from her very first solo endeavors. In the late ’70s, a trio of singles on which she sang hit the Top 10: Kenny Loggins’ “Whenever I Call You ‘Friend,’” John Stewart’s “Gold” and Walter Egan’s “Magnet and Steel.”
That set the stage for her blockbuster debut album, 1981’s Bella Donna, which topped the Billboard album charts and spawned the indelible hits “Stop Draggin’ My Heart Around” (with Tom Petty & The Heartbreakers), “Leather & Lace” (a Don Henley duet) and “Edge of Seventeen.” Two years later, The Wild Heart delivered two more hits: the empowerment anthem “Stand Back” and “If Anyone Falls.” Oh, and in between these smashes, Nicks also landed a major hit from Fleetwood Mac’s 1982 album, Mirage: the meditative, melancholy twirl “Gypsy.”
In the decades since, Nicks has continued to follow her muse in a variety of directions: songwriting, touring, acting and mentoring. What’s become clear over the years is that her solo career has evolved into something completely different than her work with Fleetwood Mac.
Here are 5 reasons Stevie Nicks deserves to be in the Rock & Roll Hall of Fame.