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5/26/1948 Stevie Nicks born


Stephanie Lynn Nicks... has the ring of a Country Music artist, and she might have become one. Her earliest singing was with her grandfather while growing up in the southwest.  After stints living in Phoenix, Albuquerque, and El Paso, the Nicks family settled in California, where Stevie joined a folk-rock group. She met her future musical and romantic partner Lindsey Buckingham in her senior year of high school. They were together in a band named Fritz while attending San Jose State until 1972, when Buckingham Nicks was formed. Their album got released in '73. Buckingham played guitar on Fleetwood Mac member Bob Welch's solo album, putting him on Mick Fleetwood's radar.  The drummer wanted Lindsey to replace Welch in FM, but Welch said he'd only do it if Nicks was added, too.  The pair became Fleetwood Mac members in January, 1975.



Other  Noteworthy Classic Rock events on May 26 include...


1940 The Band's Levon Helm born.

1944 Mott The Hoople founding keyboard player Verden Allen born. 

1945 Guess Who founding drummer Garry Peterson born.

1946 Guitar great Mick Ronson (David Bowie, Ain Hunter, Van Morrison) born  

1964 Lenny Kravitz born.

1966 Bob Dylan plays Royal Albert Hall.   

1969 John Lennon and Yoko Ono open 8 day Bed In For Peace in Montreal.   

1969 Janis Joplin is featured on the cover of Newsweek magazine.

1972 David Bowie lets Mott the Hoople record two of his songs to keep them from breaking up.

1977 KISS members donate blood to be mixed with ink for the printing of Kiss comics.

1982 The Rolling Stones open a European tour in Aberdeen, Scotland

1997 Bono meets with Bill Clinton at the White House.  

2008 Yale University gives Paul McCartney an honorary degree.

2017 Bono visits former President George W. Bush on his Texas ranch.   

2017 Eric Clapton honored with commander in the Order of Arts and Letters status by France. 

2017 Chris Cornell buried at the Hollywood Forever Cemetery.

2017 Metallica's Lars Ulrich knighted in his native Denmark by its queen.

2022 Yes drummer Alan White dies at home in Newcastle, England at the age of 72 after a brief illness and just days after announcing he would be unable to participate in the Close to the Edge 50th anniversary tour of the group.