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Yvonne Elliman/ Stevie Nicks ~ Seventies Songstresses

April 18, 2014

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Talent…

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… These are the lovely ladies and gorgeous girls of eras gone by whose beauty, ability, electricity and all-round x-appeal deserve celebration and – ahem – salivation here at George’s Journal

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Ah, Easter, eh? A period of positive, joyful rebirth, you might say; well, there’s little that’s new or a rebirth about this post, given it’s the latest in this blog’s long line of pictorial tributes to terrifically talented beauties. I say that, but actually there is an Easter connection, as the first of its two subjects is the star of the monster rock musical that’s Jesus Christ Superstar, namely the Hawaiian honey we’d all like to have (but can’t), Yvonne Elliman. And the other’s Fleetwood Mac’s magnificently radiant and a wee bit crazy filly, Ms Stevie Nicks. So, bedeck their microphones with garlands of flowers, peeps, for here they come, the latest pair to enter this blog’s Talent corner
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Profiles

Names: Yvonne Marianne Elliman/ Stephanie ‘Stevie’ Lynn Nicks

Nationalities: American

Professions: Singer and actress/ Singer, songwriter and philanthropist

Born: December 29 1951, Honolulu, Hawaii/ May 26 1948, Phoenix, Arizona

Known for: Yvonne  – performing the role of Mary Magdalene in the original 1970 concept album of Jesus Christ Superstar and later playing the part in both the rock musical’s Broadway production and film adaptation (1973), from which she enjoyed a chart hit with the tune I Don’t Know How To Love Him (1971) and later scored another with the pair of Bee Gees-penned songs Love Me (1976) and If I Can’t Have You (1977), the latter of which was a US #1 and appeared in both the disco drama blockbuster Saturday Night Fever (1977) and on its iconic soundtrack album/

Stevie – with legendary Anglo-American rock band Fleetwood Mac, writing and flamboyantly performing many iconic chart hits from the albums Fleetwood Mac (1976), Rumors (1977), Tusk (1979) and Mirage (1982), such as Landslide, Rhiannon (both 1976), Dreams, Gold Dust Woman (both 1977), Tusk, Sara (1979) and Gypsy (1982). In her pre-Fleetwood years she was in a musical and amorous partnership with Lindsey Buckingham, with whom she joined the band, leading to her (and Mac’s) finest years being detailed by the failed incestuous affairs among its members. In the early ’80s she launched a highly successfully solo career, kicking off with the acclaimed album Bella Donna (1981) and its major chart hit Edge Of Seventeen (1982).

Strange but true: Yvonne sang backing vocals on Eric Clapton’s US #1 cover of Bob Marley’s I Shot The Sheriff (1974) and, a native of Honolulu, appeared in a double episode of classic cop drama Hawaii Five-0 (1968-80); Stevie married Kim Anderson, the widow of her friend Robin, shortly after the latter’s death in 1982, believing together they could raise the couple’s baby daughter, but they divorced just eight months later.

Peak of fitness: Yvonne – although delicate and lovely in Jesus Christ Superstar, it pretty much has to be while she’s passionately and fantastically belting out If I Can’t Have You back in ’77 (see it here)/ Stevie – again, it has to be in her mystically flamboyant, shawl-adorned stage persona from the mid- to late ’70s – this performance of Rhinannon is a particularly unforgettable experience.

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3 Comments leave one →
  1. Byron Lloyd permalink
    July 12, 2014 10:38 am

    Stevie is only two years older than I am and I have been following Fleetwood Mac and her since way back… I love her and the band even more now, than I did way back. Their music is magic. Stevie’s solo’s are soulful lament’s that she performs with her style and voice. It was said that when she left Fleetwood Mac that she would not make it on her own. Nothing could have been further from the truth. Sing on Stevie ! Fill our hearts with yours.

  2. October 6, 2014 6:12 am

    Stevie is one of my favorite musical artists, I love Sara. Her music was all throughout my teenage years. I remember listening to The Other Side of the Mirror while going to my first sailplane ride for my 19th birthday. Rock A Little and The Wild Heart are two of my favorite albums.I saw Fleetwood Mac in 1991 in concert in D.C.

    Vive le Stevie! 🙂

    • October 6, 2014 10:50 pm

      Yes, she’s a unique, talented and always interesting artist, for sure – and her work with Fleetwood Mac was terrific and often brought out the best in them too. Glad you enjoyed the post, Ruth – thank you for the comment …! 🙂

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