[Note: Stevie Nicks was inducted into the Rock & Roll Hall of Fame in 2019.]
One of the worst-kept secrets of the Rock & Roll Hall of Fame is that it is far easier to be inducted as a solo artist if one has already been inducted as part of a group and vice versa. For example, it is highly unlikely that George Harrison or Ringo Starr would have been inducted on their own had they not been Beatles, and even more unlikely that Faces or Buffalo Springfield would have been inducted as bands if their members had not been more famous due to more notable endeavors like the Rolling Stones, Crosby, Stills, and Nash, or being Rod Stewart. When we examine the solo career of Stevie Nicks, which is by far the most notable and illustrious solo career of any of the members of Fleeetwood Mac, a big part of the appeal of Stevie Nicks is that her solo career is worthy of induction even as she remained a pivotal member of an important band that has already been inducted into the Rock & Roll Hall of Fame on its own considerable merits. Yet, like a few other artists who had notable career with bands and major solo careers , the fact that she has not yet been inducted into the Hall of Fame seems a bit odd in light of her massive influence as a solo artist as well as the member of an immensely worthwhile band. It is worthwhile to examine the career of Stevie Nicks and her worthiness for induction in the Rock & Roll Hall of Fame.
The Influence Of Stevie Nicks
The influence of Stevie Nicks as a solo artist extends from her reputation within Fleetwood Mac. That influence was great enough to inspire a memorable SNL skit about her running a Mexican restaurant, and to be namechecked in Vanessa Carlton’s “Nolita Fairytale,” where the young songstress presents herself as an heir in Stevie’s noble tradition. As a prolific songwriter and a singer who happily works well and successfully with others, Stevie Nicks is a stunning example of an artist whose influence is massive simply because of the staggering quality and quantity of her recordings. She seems to be a natural collaborator for other artists, including such luminaries as: Tom Petty & The Heartbreakers, Kenny Loggins, Walter Egan, John Stewart, Phil Collins, Don Henley Sheryl Crow, Dave Grohl, Chris Isaak, and Bruce Hornsby . This sort of cultural influence is worthy of recognition, and that is even without taking into account the commercial success that Stevie Nicks had apart from Fleetwood Mac, all the while remaining committed to songwriting success with that band. In fact, Stevie Nicks’ staggering output suggests that the main reason for her solo career was simply to sing the songs she had written that the band could not produce in albums quickly enough with two other songwriters of immense talent as well in Christine McVie and Lindsey Buckingham.
Why Stevie Nicks Belongs In The Rock & Roll Hall of Fame
Having examined the serious influence that Stevie Nicks has exhibited through her collaborations, through her inspiration of later artists who have given credit to her for her role in inspiring and encouraging them, and through her staggering output, let us look at her success both in her solo hits as well as in her collaborations with others apart from her previously recognized work in Fleetwood Mac. In her solo career she had two multi-platinum albums, three platinum albums, and three additional gold albums, and even now her albums continue to enter into the top 10 of the Billboard album charts more than thirty years after her debut as a solo artist. In terms of singles, she has amassed as a solo artist 7 top 10 hits and 9 additional top 40 hits, in addition to two #1 hits she sang in as an uncredited vocalist. Her most successful songs remain frequent samples as well as in frequent play on radio stations that play music from the 1980’s, like “Stop Draggin’ My Heart Around,” “Leather and Lace,” “Edge Of Seventeen,” and “Stand Back” in particular. Her career is one that would be enviable of many people, and the fact that she managed to have a successful solo and band career that lasted through the 1980’s and into the 1990’s, and that continues to this day, is remarkable as well. The fact that her solo career has held up despite the demands her band has made in terms of touring and recording is all the more impressive.
Why Stevie Nicks Isn’t In The Rock & Roll Hall of Fame:
It’s unclear why Stevie Nicks isn’t in the Rock & Roll Hall of Fame, given that she has had a lengthy career and was an immensely successful collaborator and a prolific songwriter with a gift for encouraging others. One would think that with all of the artists she worked with, that she would have some backers who could stick up for her and encourage her solo career to be honored. It could very easily happen.
Verdict: There are a lot of 1980’s acts that have not been inducted, and Stevie Nicks is one of the more glaring omissions, especially given the love of the Rock & Roll Hall of Fame of multiple inductions.
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