Inductee Biography for STEVIE NICKS
Called the Queen of Rock and Roll by Rolling Stone magazine,
Stevie counts her Arizona summers spent with her grandmother in Ajo , as some of her favorite childhood memories.
In the 1940’s, Barbara was living in the city, working at The Arizona Republic.
A coworker in the circulation department was fellow Arizona native and ASU student, Jess Nicks. Barbara wrote in her diary at the time, that it was love at first sight. They were married one month later.
Stephanie Lynn Nicks was born at Good Samaritan Hospital in Phoenix on May 26, 1948 . Stevie remembers her parents always having music playing for her, even in the crib, because she showed such a love for it.
At age 4, Stevie’s paternal grandfather, Aaron Jess Nicks, or AJ as he was known on the Arizona Country Western circuit, made Stevie her first guitar, igniting her passion for songwriting. Stevie’s first musical performance as a very little girl, was singing Red Sovine’s, ‘Are You Mine’, with AJ Nicks.
Later, Stevie would meet Lindsay Buckingham and record their first album Buckingham Nicks. The dedication on the 1973 album read “To AJ Nicks, the grandfather of country music”. Although the duo was largely unknown to the rest of the country, the Buckingham Nicks album would become a Phoenix favorite, garnering heavy local airplay, thanks to legendary, album rock programmer, Bill Compton.
Buckingham Nicks joined Fleetwood Mac in 1975 with Stevie’s contributing hits
In 1981, Nicks released her first solo album, Bella Donna. Billboard Magazine
In a 1995 Interview Magazine story, Stevie recalled grandfather AJ Nicks, who never found success as a singer songwriter. Luckily, she said, I became a bit more successful than he was.