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Stevie Nicks Day

Stephanie Lynn Nicks (born May 26, 1948) is an American singer-songwriter.

Nicks is best known for her work as a songwriter and vocalist with Fleetwood Mac, and also for her chart-topping solo career. She is known for her distinctive voice, mystical stage persona and poetic, symbolic lyrics. Collectively, her work both as a member of Fleetwood Mac and as a solo artist has produced over 40 top-50 hits and sold over 140 million records, making her one of the best selling music acts of all time with Fleetwood Mac.

Nicks has been named one of the 100 Greatest Songwriters of All Time, and as one of the world’s top “100 Greatest Singers of All Time” by Rolling Stone. As a member of Fleetwood Mac, she was inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame in 1998. She has garnered eight Grammy Award nominations and two American Music Award nominations as a solo artist. She has won numerous awards with Fleetwood Mac, including a Grammy Award and five Grammy Award nominations.

Stephanie “Stevie” Nicks was born at Good Samaritan Hospital in Phoenix, Arizona, to Jess Nicks (July 2, 1925 – August 10, 2005), former president of Greyhound’s Armour-Dial, and Barbara Nicks (November 12, 1927 – December 29, 2011), a homemaker. Nicks’s grandfather, Aaron Jess “A.J.” Nicks, Sr. (May 18, 1892 – August 1, 1974), a struggling country music singer, taught Nicks to sing duets with him by the time she was four years old. Nicks’s mother was so protective that she kept her at home “more than most people” and during that time fostered in her daughter a love of fairy tales. The infant Stephanie could pronounce her own name only as “tee-dee,” which led to her nickname of “Stevie”. Her father’s frequent relocation as a food business executive had the family living in Phoenix, Albuquerque, El Paso, Salt Lake City, Los Angeles, and San Francisco during Nicks’s youth. With the Goya guitar that she received for her 16th birthday, Nicks wrote her first song, “I’ve Loved and I’ve Lost, and I’m Sad But Not Blue”. She spent her adolescence playing records constantly, and lived in her “own little musical world.

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