Over the past 40 years (and counting), Stevie Nicks has enjoyed two distinct careers: one as a solo artist and one as a member of Fleetwood Mac. Having found her voice when she was only 4, Nicks was penning tunes by the time she was a teen.
As a senior in high school, Nicks teamed up with Lindsey Buckingham and two other schoolmates to form Fritz i n 1968. They infiltrated the California circuit and landed gigs opening for Janis Joplin, Jimi Hendrix, and others. By 1971, the side guys were no longer keen on the attention-hogging Nicks, so they split. Buckingham, however, stuck around and they kept on as a duo -- both on stage and off.
Replete with a nude cover shot of the twosome, Buckingham Nicks became their 1973 debut. Though the album totally tanked, Fleetwood Mac liked it enough to bring them into the fold in '74. Within a year, the band was at the top of the charts with their eponymous effort.
Then, in 1977, Rumours racked up sales of more than 17 million copies thanks to smash hits like "Dreams" and "Rhiannon," which featured Nicks' vocals. Soaking up the spotlight even more, Stevie releases her number one solo debut, 1981's Bella Donna. More hits ensued with a Tom Petty duet of "Stop Draggin' My Heart Around" and a Don Henley duet on "Leather and Lace," as well as "Edge of Seventeen (Just Like the White Winged Dove)."
The following year, Nicks was back with the Mac for Mirage, which included her leading "Gypsy." Two more solo projects filled the next few years, with The Wild Heart (which including the monster hit "Stand Back") in 1983 and Rock a Little (with "Talk to Me") in '85.
Taking a little time off to deal with her substance abuse problem, Nicks turned up again in 1987 on Fleetwood Mac's Tango in the Night with her own The Other Side of the Mirror dropping two years later.
With Fleetwood Mac's success on the decline in the 1990s, Nicks chose to keep on the solo train with 1994's Street Angel. By '97, the band had pulled it together for The Dance and a supporting tour. The year after, they were inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame while Stevie issued a three-disc retrospective, Enchanted.
When she went back to work on her next set, 2001's Trouble in Shangri-La, Nicks brought a slew of gal pals with her, including Sheryl Crow, Natalie Maines, Sarah McLachlan, and Macy Gray. The alternating artistry continued with a Mac album dropping in 2003, Say You Will.
Another tip of the hat to her incredible career came in 2007 with the DVD/CD Crystal Visions: The Very Best of Stevie Nicks. A collection of new material came in 2011 with In Your Dreams. As is always the way, yet another Fleetwood Mac "reunion" album and tour were slated for 2012.