Stevie Nicks believes she inspired Prince‘s 1984 chart-topper “When Doves Cry” through her own 1981 hit single “Edge Of Seventeen.” During a chat with The New Yorker, Nicks spoke about coming up with the song’s hook line featuring the phrase “white-winged dove” after being inspired by a menu on an airplane. She recalled, “Coming from Phoenix to here. And who knew that the white-winged dove was this bird in Phoenix, or in Arizona, that made its home in the saguaro cactus, because it was protected in there? I didn’t really know anything about doves or pigeons or whatever you want to call them. But they literally said, ‘This bird, when it makes a sound, sounds like it’s saying ‘Ooh, ooh, ooh,’ right?”
She went on to say, “I instantly went into writing that song, which then ended up being about Tom Petty and John Lennon and a bunch of people. But think about this: the white-winged dove really inspired Prince to write ‘This is what it sounds like when doves cry.'”
Nicks went on to talk about songwriting inspiration, revealing, “I don’t think that you pick your experiences in heartbreak. ‘Gypsy’ was about my friend who died (Robin Snyder Anderson). And that was the worst year of my life, y’know? But I wrote ‘Gypsy’ about it, and about her. Little bits of her are in a lot of my songs.”
She added, “So you can use the tragedy. ‘Always been a storm’ (from the Fleetwood Mac Tusk) song (‘Storms’) — that I wrote about my best friend who moved in with my boyfriend, Mick (Fleetwood), and her husband had to call and tell me that. ‘Sarah moved in with Mick, I just wanted you to know that.’ And I jetted out the back door into the mountains and sat out there for three hours contemplating my future, ’cause, well, I just lost my best friend and I lost Mick, and I’m in a band with Mick, which means I can’t just dump Mick.”
- Steve Nicks tour dates (subject to change):
May 7 – New Orleans, LA – New Orleans Jazz & Heritage Festival
June 19 – Manchester, TN – Bonnaroo
September 2 – Snowmass, CO – JAS Aspen Snowmass
September 24 – Bridgeport, CT Sound on Sound Festival
DID YOU KNOW???
- Prince played synthesizer on Stevie Nicks‘ 1983 Top Five classic, “Stand Back.”
- In October 2020, Stevie Nicks released the double-disc live album and film, Live In Concert: The 24 Karat Gold Tour. The collection features 17 tracks including such classics as “Stand Back,” “Gypsy,” and “Edge Of Seventeen,” as well as the first ever live recording of the pre-Fleetwood Mac, 1973 Buckingham Nicks favorite “Crying In The Night,” among other live rarities.
- That same month, Nicks released a new socially charged solo single, tilted “Show Them The Way,” featuring Dave Grohl on drums and a video directed by Cameron Crowe.
CHECK IT OUT: Stevie Nicks on May 30th, 1983 performing “Edge Of Seventeen” live at The US Festival: