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Bella Donna (1981) - Stevie Nicks

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Stevie Nicks

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Bella DonnaLyrics availableFan interpretation availableClick to listen to a clip or purchase Bella Donna from iTunes.
  Date Performance: 1981, Running Time: 5:18
Kind Of WomanLyrics availableFan interpretation availableClick to listen to a clip or purchase Kind Of Woman from iTunes.
  Date Performance: 1981, Running Time: 3:08
Stop Draggin' My Heart AroundLyrics availableClick to listen to a clip or purchase Stop Draggin' My Heart Around from iTunes.
  Date Performance: 1981, Running Time: 4:02
  Comments: Chart: Billboard US Hot 100 Singles Peak Position: 3 Peak Dates: Sep 5, 1981 - Sep 12, 1981 - Sep 19, 1981 - Sep 26, 1981 - Oct 3, 1981 - Oct 10, 1981 Weeks On Charts: 21 Chart: Billboard UK Top 50/40 Singles Peak Position: 50 Peak Dates: Sep 5, 1981 Weeks On Charts: 1
Think About ItLyrics availableClick to listen to a clip or purchase Think About It from iTunes.
  Date Performance: 1981, Running Time: 3:33
After The Glitter FadesLyrics availableFan interpretation availableClick to listen to a clip or purchase After The Glitter Fades from iTunes.
  Date Performance: 1981, Running Time: 3:27
  Comments: Chart: Billboard US Hot 100 Singles Peak Position: 32 Peak Dates: Jul 3, 1982 Weeks On Charts: 11
Edge Of SeventeenLyrics availableFan interpretation available Tabs available Midi availableClick to listen to a clip or purchase Edge Of Seventeen from iTunes.
  Date Performance: 1981, Running Time: 5:28
  Comments: Chart: Billboard US Hot 100 Singles Peak Position: 11 Peak Dates: Apr 17, 1982 & Apr 24, 1982 Weeks On Charts: 14
How Still My LoveLyrics availableFan interpretation available Midi availableClick to listen to a clip or purchase How Still My Love from iTunes.
  Date Performance: 1981, Running Time: 3:51
Leather And LaceLyrics availableFan interpretation available Tabs available Midi availableClick to listen to a clip or purchase Leather And Lace from iTunes.
  Date Performance: 1981, Running Time: 3:55
  Comments: Chart: Billboard US Hot 100 Singles Peak Position: 6 Peak Dates: Jan 23, 1982 - Jan 30, 1982 - Feb 6, 1982 Weeks On Charts: 19
Outside The RainLyrics availableFan interpretation availableClick to listen to a clip or purchase Outside The Rain from iTunes.
  Date Performance: 1981, Running Time: 4:17
The HighwaymanLyrics availableClick to listen to a clip or purchase The Highwayman from iTunes.
  Date Performance: 1981, Running Time: 4:49
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David Adelstein, Roy Bittan, Richard Bowden, Mike/Michael Campbell, Mike/Michael Campbell, Sharon Celani, Dan Dugmore, Donald (Duck) Dunn, Bill Elliot(t), Don Felder, Bob Glaub, (Ms.) Bobbye Hall, Don Henley, Davey Johnston(e), Phil Jones, Russ(ell) Kunkel, Stan Lynch, Stan Lynch, Tom (Monte X/Zuma) Moncrieff (Rude), Bill(y)/William Payne, Lori Perry-Nicks/Perry/Nicks, Tom Petty, Tom Petty, Ben(mont) (M.) Tench(, III), Ben(mont) (M.) Tench(, III), Waddy (Robert) Wachtel

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Domestic Vinyl/CD Album

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Roy Bittan (Songwriter), Mike/Michael Campbell (Songwriter), Mike/Michael Campbell (Songwriter), Stevie Nicks (Songwriter), Stevie Nicks (Songwriter), Tom Petty (Songwriter), Tom Petty (Songwriter), Ben(mont) (M.) Tench(, III) (Songwriter), Herbert Wheeler Worthington, III (Cover Art), Stephen/Steve Marcussen (Linn Programming), Michael/Mike Curtis (Design), James Ball (Assistant Engineer), Niko Bolas (Assistant Engineer), Dana Latham (Assistant Engineer), Tori Swenson (Assistant Engineer), Michael/Mike Curtis (Layout), Thom Panunzio (Additional Engineering), Don Smith (Additional Engineering), Ben(mont) (M.) Tench(, III) (Musical Director), Janet Weber (Production Coordinator), Stevie Nicks (Concept By), Christopher Nicks (Concept By), Herbert Wheeler Worthington, III (Concept By), Mike Manoogian (Logo Design), Michael/Mike Curtis (Layout Design), Debbie Alsbury (Production Assistance), Cathie Rice (Production Assistance), Richard Hall (Front Cover Lighting), Michael/Mike Curtis (Back Cover Lighting), Michael/Mike Curtis (Inside Lighting), Debbie Alsbury (Personal Assistance To Stevie Nicks), Sabienne Poilievre (Front Cover Hair Design By), Margi Kent (Clothes By), Kathryn Greenbaum/Greenbalm (Hands By), Irving Azoff (Management By), Front Line Management (Management By), Jimmy Iovine (Produced By), Tom Petty (Produced By), Tom Petty (Produced By), Shelly Yakus (Engineered By), Roy Bittan (Arranged By), Gordon Perry (Arranged By), Herbert Wheeler Worthington, III (Photography By), Liza Gonzales (Makeup By), Herbert Wheeler Worthington, III (Art Direction By), Herbert Wheeler Worthington, III (Design By), Don Smith (Mixing Engineer), Shelly Yakus (Mixing Engineer), Richard Bremer (Hair Design By), Danton Thompson (Hair Design By), Beverlee Vance (Hair Design By)

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Modern Records

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Recorded at Studio 55
Overdubs at Goodnight L.A. and Record One
Mixed at Rumbo Recorders and Goodnight L.A.

Mastered at Precision Lacquer

Maxwelton appears courtesy of C.N.

Mardinos Vartanian-Maia Custom Shoes

Front cover hair design by Sabienne Poilievre of Maniatis, Paris

Special Thanks and Inspiration:

David E. Adler
Glen Parrish
Robin & Kim Anderson
Robbie Patton
Irving Azoff
Catherine Peagler
Karen Smith Danjanovich
Gordon Perry
Paul Fishkin
Richard Perry
Danny Goldberg
Tom Petty
Eloisa Gonzalez
Chuck Plotkin
Curry Grant
Ron Silvers
Don Henley
Owen Sloane
Gail Kwiatkowski
Debbie Thacker Stelk
Bob Leone
Benmont Tench
Doug Morris
Beverlee Vance
Barbara Nicks
Linner VaSoll
Christopher Nicks
Bill Cosby's House
Mary Lou Nicks
Sara, Mary & Andrea
Mark Paladino
The Players
Maria Theresa Rojas, Santiago, Chile

To Shelly -

The greatest engineer in my world

And to Jimmy

For reminding me of a world I had forgotten
And for giving me back
my music...

And once again this music is dedicated to my Grandfather and all his children.

Come in - out of the darkness


The last few years have found Stevie Nicks in complete control of one of pop music's most sucessful balancing acts. A member of Fleetwood Mac since 1975, she has contributed mightily to that group's long string of hit albums and singles. At the same time, she is now two albums into a career that has made her a potent solo attraction both on record and on stage.

Bella Donna (1981), the first of Nicks' solo efforts and a two-million seller, features an outstanding group of musicians in support of the singer. Tom Petty duets with Stevie on his composition "Stop Draggin' My Heart Around," a hit single which also features many of Petty's Heartbreakers. Other guest performers include pianist Roy Bittan (from Bruce Springsteen's E Street Band), guitarists Waddy Wachtel, Davey Johnstone of Elton John's band) and Don Felder late of the Eagles) and drummer Russ Kunkel. Heartbreaker Benmont Tench serves as musical director.

Raised primarily in Los Angeles and Phoenix, Stephanie L. "Stevie" Nicks developed an interest in music sitting at her grandfather's knee. Her first foray into songwriting came at 16, after a breakup with her boyfriend. "It was terribly sad, terribly emotional," she once said, "But it was a beginning."

Stevie went on to join Fritz, a San Francisco-area rock band that featured Lindsey Buckingham on guitar, bass and vocals. Stevie and Lindsey's romantic and music relationship flourished; they moved to Los Angeles after Fritz broke up, and in 1973 they recorded an album of their own songs, entitled Buckingham Nicks. After hearing the album in 1975, Mick Fleetwood invited the duo to join Fleetwood Mac.

Nicks' stint with Fleetwood Mac has included the albums Fleetwood Mac, Rumours, Tusk, Fleetwood Mac Live and Mirage. Among her individual contributions to the group are: "Rhiannon", "Dreams" (Fleetwood Mac's first number one single in America), "Sara" and "Gypsy".

Considering her prolific songwriting output, a solo career to accomodate songs not recorded by Fleetwood Mac was almost inevitable. Aside from "Stop Draggin' My Heart Around", her hits from Bella Donna were "Leather And Lace" (a duet with ex-Eagle Don Henley), "Edge Of Seventeen" (a Grammy nominee in the Best Female Rock Vocal Category) and "After The Glitter Fades". Most recently, Ms. Nicks has released the album The Wild Heart.

Roy Bittan appears courtesy of The E Street Band
Billy Payne appears through the courtesy of Warner Bros. Records Inc.
Waddy Wachtel appears through the courtesy of Polygram Records, Inc.
Don Henley and Don Felder appear courtesy of Asylum Records
Tom Petty appears courtesy of Backstreet Records

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(C) (P) 1981 Modern Records (Est. 1980), Inc. Distributed by Atco Records, Division of Atlantic Recording Corporation, a Warner Communications Company

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It quietly simmers for the most part, in a country-fied vein...
Review written by Jon the Moonspinner, February 17th, 2010

Credit Stevie Nicks with NOT being a rock 'n roll diva: it took many years to get her into the studio solo, away from Fleetwood Mac, to lay down these very personal tracks (most of which were discarded out of hand by her super group). Clearly frustrated by only getting three or so chances to shine on each FM record, she writes on the sleeve of "Bella Donna": 'Thank you for rescuing my music'. However, without the guiding musical hand of Lindsey Buckingham, the direction of "Bella Donna" meanders. It seems to go on for much longer than it needs to, hitting peaks and valleys in slow-pokey succession. The singles ("Stop Draggin' My Heart", "Leather & Lace", "Edge of Seventeen") each sound very good--especially on the radio--yet the surrounding music never quite lifts off into the stratosphere. Stevie is surprisingly grounded, personal, intimate, informal--she wants us to get to know her. But where is that elusive chanteuse of "Rhiannon", the Welsh witch of "Gold Dust Woman"? She's hiding in the shadows on "Bella Donna", taking tentative, baby steps.

Her first and her best
Review written by Anonymous, August 14th, 2004

Stevie is one of the most influential women rockers of all time and anyone who doubts this statement needs to listen to this album. She totally comes into her own on some great rock songs like "How Still My Love" and "Think About It." "Kind Of Woman" is reminds one of Janis Joplin- a nice premise because Nicks has stated that Joplin has influenced her. "Edge Of Seventeen" is one of those fiesty rockers that remains untouched to this day. The real gems are "Outside the Rain" and "Bella Donna." She really puts forth a great vocal effort and she gets great backing with the roaring guitars. She will forever be the Queen of Rock n Roll! Rock on Stevie!!

A truly classic rock n roll album
Review written by Anonymous, August 14th, 2004

It is no doubt that Courtney Love, Sheryl Crowe, and Tori Amos have said that this album was their greatest influence and rock n roll bible. Stevie is at her best on this album. Clearly one of the most influential women of rock, she struts her mystical gothic stuff on this album. "Edge of Seventeen" is a classic hard rock song and that gut wrenching yell in the middle is sheer perfection. "Bella Donna," Outside the Rain," and "Kind of Woman" are great rock songs with some fantastic guitar playing. "Stop Draggin' My Heart Around" is a ground breaking rock duet which features some of the best harmonizing known to rock. Her lyrics are incredible and she backs it with very skillful guitar fuled music. An outstanding album that ranks up with Joni Mitchell's "Blue" and Carol King's "Tapestry".

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"Fleetwood Mac's in-house poet goes solo with a collection of atmospheric short stories that continue in the tradition of "Rhiannon," "Sara" and "Dreams." The material ranges from thought provoking tales like the country tinged "After The Glitter Fades" and "Bella Donna" to the high energy of "Stop Draggin' My Heart Around," performed with Tom Petty & the Heartbreakers. Two tracks, "Leather And Lace" and "The Highwayman" were cut with Eagle Don Henley. Yet underlying each track is Nicks' haunting vocal style and a lyrical quality that has developed into a style all her own. Best cuts: "Stop Draggin' My Heart Around," "Bella Donna," "How Still My Love," "After The Glitter Fades." (Billboard Magazine, August 8,1981)

Hit #1 on U.S. Billboard charts-September, 1981

Remained #1 for 1 week

RIAA Certification:
Oct.30,1984-Multi-Platinum (3 million copies)
Jan.23,1990-Multi-Platinum (4 million copies)

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Discography entry submitted by Marty Adelson.