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Stevie Nicks - Arcadia High School 1965
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Although Stephanie “Stevie” Nicks did not graduate from Arcadia High, she was a student in her Sophomore and Junior years. Stevie was born May 26, 1948 in Phoenix, AZ. Her grandfather was a frustrated country singer and it was from him that she received her early musical encouragement. While at Arcadia, Stevie was a member of the A Capella Choir and played music with her friends. In fact, she wrote her very first song while attending AHS. On her 16th birthday, she received her  first guitar as a present from her parents. Stevie says, “I was totally in tears sitting on my bed with lots of paper, my guitar and a pen, and I wrote this song about your basic sixteen-year-old love affair thing. When I played my own song that night, I knew that second on that I was not going to do a lot of other people’s songs. I had to write my own.” After her Junior year at AHS, Stevie’s family moved to San Francisco where she graduated from high school in 1966.

During that time, she met a student who was a year behind her that would help shape her musical destiny; Lindsay Buckingham.  And the rest, as they say, is music, not to mention romantic history! For the next several years, Stevie and Lindsay struggled in a few bands, mainly a band named Fritz. It was during this time that their band attracted audiences on the west coast and they started opening for acts such as Jimi Hendrix, Janis Joplin and Creedence Clearwater Revival. Tensions within that group surfaced and Fritz disbanded. In 1973, Stevie and Lindsay, who by this point were having a love affair, as well, moved to Los Angeles from the Bay area and recorded their first album, Buckingham Nicks. The album was a commercial disappointment. However, it caught the attention of several members of Fleetwood Mac and led to their invitation to join the band.

Their first effort, Fleetwood Mac, topped the charts in 1975 and their follow up, Rumours, sold over 17 million copies, which for several years was the largest selling album of all time. In 1981, Stevie recorded and released her first solo work entitled Bella Donna. This album had 3 top twenty hits including Stop Draggin’ My Heart Around, Leather and Lace and Edge of Seventeen. After several more solo efforts and additional Fleetwood Mac albums, she left the group in 1993. However, she rejoined the band in 1997 for a tour and the album, The Dance. She also released a boxed set, Enchanted, in 1998. In 2001 she released her most recent solo album entitled "Troublein Shangri-La", which was produced by Sheryl Crow.   

Stevie Nicks And Robin Snyder

In Stevie's own words-

“She had just been in my life since I was 14.  She was the one person that knew me for the person I really was and not the famous Stevie, and it was good to have someone who knew the real you besides just your Mom and Dad."

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