7/3/17: Buckingham Nicks “Crying in the Night”

I’ve actually had this song playing in my head for 3 or 4 days.  I’ve been listening a lot lately to an album called “Buckingham Nicks.”  It’s by Lindsey Buckingham & Stevie Nicks when they were very young.  It was the only album they recorded….everybody knows them now for their work with Fleetwood Mac, but long before that fortune and fame, Stevie and Lindsey first met when they were both in high school….

Stevie was a senior and Lindsey was a junior.  There was some kind of an after-school event, and the two ended up singing harmony on “California Dreaming,” a song by the Mamas & Papas.  It was a totally spur-of-the-moment thing, and they never really started playing music together until 2 years later.  She was playing some folk music at some coffee houses in the area….and he got in touch with her and said his band, “Fritz” wanted to recruit her to come sing with them.  The rest is music history.

They made some beautiful music together, in more ways than one.  They became a couple….and performed as opening acts for some mighty big acts such as Jefferson Airplane, and Big Brother & the Holding Company, featuring Janis Joplin.  Eventually, in 1973, they recorded that album together, but it never really sold many copies. (Since then, the record company went out of business, and the album went out of print.  The only way you can get it now is by buying an import online, which is going to set you back a lot of money, or if you get really lucky, you might find a used copy somewhere.)  Mick Fleetwood, the leader of Fleetwood Mac was in a California recording studio one day, and the engineer played some of Lindsey’s guitar work to demonstrate the sound quality of his studio.  Mick just happened to be looking for a lead guitar player at the time, got in touch with Lindsey and offered him a job…but then Buckingham told him “only if you hire my girlfriend to sing, too…We’re a package deal.”  Mick went for it, and the rest is history.

With Buckingham and Nicks’ musical talents and their songwriting skills, they really breathed new life into Fleetwood Mac, and whether they really set out to do it or not, they dramatically changed the sound of the band.  That’s when Fleetwood Mac really took off, and they all became megastars.  It’s amazing now, though, to think back to when it all started.  This is just one of the great songs on the Buckingham Nicks album….and I really can’t get it out of my head!  There are some great pictures from the early days in this video! This is “Crying In The Night” on 97-9 The Hill….WCHL.



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