Now here's a "Queen of Rock" totally deserving of a top slot on the list. I LOVE STEVIE NICKS!! There. I've said it and gotten it out of the way. You know that poster hanging in my shrine at the bottom of the page? Well it lasted about 4 months and was replaced by one of this lady.
And wouldn't you love to love her"
I was in love with Stevie before the hook up with Mick and the fam. My uncle Chuck had a copy of BuckinghamNicks and it seemed it was always playing whenever I'd visit. I'd listen to tunes like Lola, Crystal, Stephanie and Frozen Love. It actually was a great album. I remember thinking I wanted to hear more of this girl, because the guy seemed to dominate a majority of the songs. I later read in a book by Mick Fleetwood entitled "My Life and Adventures In Fleetwood Mac", that this was in fact the relationship between Lindsey and Stevie. The dominant and submissive.
And who will be her lover"
I was fortunate enough to see Fleetwood Mac when they rolled through Chicago during that infamous "Summer of '77". I had of course heard the Rumours album hits getting regular air play, but to be there in person was incredible. Playing primarily hits from their, then, recent album and some of the old-school Fleetwood blues. Then whenever Stevie would belt out one of those awesome tunes, that seemed to possess her, the hair on my arms would stand up. Yes I had hair on my arms at that age.
Taken by the wind"
With her chiffon waving arms, high-stepping, platform boots, Stevie knocked me out in anything I saw her in, whether it was a mini-documentary, a Midnight Special Show, an interview or my good 'ol MTV. I would try to catch her in everything. If I had something else going on but she was scheduled to be on TV, "Cancel it! I'm staying home. Sorry guys not feeling too good tonight". Oh, like you've never done that?
Will you ever win"
As the years passed and she started her solo career I was buying all the albums and thank God for VHS. Live concerts I could watch in the comfort of my own home. Too cool! We all watched as Stevie grew up and was doing her own thing. Having as much success as with Fleetwood Mac and maybe even more, because she was doing it all herself. I felt like a proud dad, even though she's about 10 years my senior. The albums and videos I've collected of Stevie's, are like a scrapbook of a time when music was all I focused on. Listening and memorizing each word and drum beat. Each strike of a guitar chord and there were some great ones.
And then she is the darkness
She rules her life like a fine skylark
And when the sky is starless"
I hope you enjoy the following videos as much and as many times as I have.