Stevie Nicks turns 72 today. She wrote the Fleetwood Mac song “Golddust Woman.  A bit long for a single, it was the B-side of “You Make Loving Fun,” which peaked at number-nine on the Billboard Hot 100. When Fleetwood Mac drummer Mick Fleetwood thinks of “Gold Dust Woman,” from Rumours, he thinks of its writer, Stevie Nicks.

 

“It is so her, everything about it: the theater in it; the way it paints a picture, if you like; the mystery — everything that Stevie is to a lot of people. And yet there’s always that other side of Stevie that a lot of people don’t realize — that she’s a real homebody. She has a very normal side — and I’m not saying the other side is abnormal — but the mystique she loves, ‘cause she loves theater and poetry.”

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