Rhiannon (THE version)

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Stevie Nicks reaches Full Orgasm

If you ever wondered why Stevie Nicks is often ranked as one of the greatest female rock n roll singers, you’re never going to wonder again after you experience this climax.

I cannot believe this performance surfaced!  This is the historic "Rosebud" clip that first aired on The Midnight Special.  Not only do I remember that night in ‘75 —  but I still have the cassette tape made from the TV speaker!

Fleetwood Mac was originally a jamming balls-out dirty blues band — the road, the clubs, the late night sets.  But they were changing line-ups after about every tour.  In 1975 Mick Fleetwood needed a guitarist again and liked Lindsey Buckingham’s sound, but Lindsey wouldn’t join unless he could bring in his girlfriend — Stevie Nicks.

This performance is the magic of the band that made them the most popular in the world at the time. This is a possessed and unified musical unit — the perfect Christy McVie harmonies, the phat funk of John McVie’s bass, Mick just crackin' the whip behind the skins, and Lindsey and Stevie doing a duet that has maybe never been equaled by any couple in the history of rock n roll.

Part of why this Midnight Special airing was so historic and memorable was because the radio version of Rhiannon was so saccharine.  Remember — Midnight Special was just about the only way for people who didn’t live in big cities to see bands in the mid-70s.  And suddenly the song that didn’t really stand out on the radio that much from Carly Simon or Diana Ross was discovered to be something entirely different.  There were phones ringing all over North American that night with some version of, “Holy shit! What was THAT?!!” I remember it being the talk of our high school all the next week.

The first 3 minutes are simply a great performance of a great pop song — but it changes into something else with Buckingham's solo starting 3:20.  What’s transcendent — and was never really equaled by the band in the years following, especially as Stevie’s voice deteriorated — is the vocal channeling that begins around 4:45 and leads into a screaming guitar duet with her beau.  Elevating, transportive, sexual rock n roll — and 2 minutes of music you'll never forget.



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. Fleetwood Mac Rhiannon Awesome performance 1976

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Rhiannon (THE version) on Wikipedia
Single by Fleetwood Mac
from the album Fleetwood Mac
B-side"Sugar Daddy"
  • February 4, 1976 (US)
  • April 1976 (UK)
  • February 1978 (UK re-issue)
Format7" 45 RPM
RecordedFebruary 1975
GenreRock,[1] soft rock[2]
Length4:12 (album version)
3:46 (single version)
4:09 (alternate versions)
Writer(s)Stevie Nicks
Producer(s)Fleetwood Mac and Keith Olsen
Fleetwood Mac singles chronology

"Rhiannon" is a song written by Stevie Nicks and originally recorded by Fleetwood Mac on their eponymous album in 1975; it was subsequently issued as a single the following year.

"Rhiannon" was voted #488 in The 500 Greatest Songs of All Time by Rolling Stone magazine. Its US chart peak was in June 1976, when it hit #11.[3] It peaked at #46 in the UK singles chart for three weeks after re-release in February 1978.[4]

The song is always referred to as simply "Rhiannon" on Fleetwood Mac albums. The title "Rhiannon (Will You Ever Win)" was used only on single versions in some countries.

Live performances of the song were sometimes prefaced with Nicks saying, "This is a story about a Welsh witch." During 1975–1980, Fleetwood Mac's live performances of "Rhiannon" took on a theatrical intensity not present on the FM-radio single. The song built to a climax in which Nicks' vocals were so impassioned that, as drummer and band co-founder Mick Fleetwood said, "her Rhiannon in those days was like an exorcism."[5]


  • 1 Background
  • 2 Personnel
  • 3 Charts
  • 4 Covers
  • 5 Appearances in other media
  • 6 References
  • 7 External links


Nicks discovered Rhiannon in the early '70s through a novel called Triad, by Mary Bartlet Leader. The novel is about a woman named Branwen, who is possessed by another woman named Rhiannon. There is mention of the Welsh legend of Rhiannon in the novel, but the characters in the novel bear little resemblance to their original Welsh namesakes (both Rhiannon and Branwen are major female characters in the medieval Welsh prose tales of the Mabinogion).[6]

Nicks bought the novel in an airport just before a long flight and thought the name was so pretty that she wanted to write something about a girl named Rhiannon. She wrote "Rhiannon" in 1974, three months before joining Fleetwood Mac, while living with Richard Dashut and Lindsey Buckingham in Malibu, and has claimed that it took 10 minutes to write.

After writing the song, Nicks learned that Rhiannon originated from a Welsh goddess, and was amazed that the haunting song lyrics applied to the Welsh Rhiannon as well. Nicks researched the Mabinogion story and began work on a Rhiannon project, unsure of whether it would become a movie, a musical, a cartoon, or a ballet. There are several "Rhiannon Songs" from this unfinished project including "Stay Away" and "Maker of Birds." Nicks wrote the Fleetwood Mac song "Angel" based on the Rhiannon story.[6]


Fleetwood Mac
  • Stevie Nicks – lead vocals
  • Lindsey Buckingham – guitar, background vocals
  • Christine McVie – keyboards, background vocals
  • John McVie – bass guitar
  • Mick Fleetwood – drums


  • Redd Kross recorded a lo-fi version of "Rhiannon" in 1988, which was released as a 7" 45-rpm single bundled with the magazine "Away From The Pulsebeat".
  • Waylon Jennings covered the song in his 1985 album, Turn the Page.
  • Hardcore Punk band Zeke also covered the song in their 2000 Dirty Sanchez album.
  • The song was recorded in 1976 by Lochiel, Glenwood, and South Carvolth Schools for The Langley Schools Music Project.
  • Hole also sampled "Rhiannon (Will You Ever Win)" on the song "Starbelly" from their album Pretty on the Inside from 1991.
  • Japanese artist Superfly covered the song as a B-side of the single "Ai o Komete Hanataba o", released on February 28, 2008.
  • Taylor Swift performed with Stevie Nicks at the 2010 Grammy Awards.
  • Best Coast covered the song in a live session for Sirius XMU in May 2012.
  • Vaughan Penn and the Boomers cover this song during their club days in the 1980s
  • Lady Antebellum performed a duet with Stevie Nicks on the song "Rhiannon" at the 2014 ACM Awards.
  • Singer RES covered the song on her 2013 EP Refried Mac.
  • Sticky Fingers (band) covered the song on Like a Version.
  • American Singer Kyle Bielfield covered the song live on the Australian television show 'The Morning Show' in 2014 to promote his national tour Ambrosia '14

Appearances in other media

  • The song appeared in 2011 as a downloadable track for the music video game Rock Band 3.
  • Author Glen Cook stated in an interview[9] that the title for his novel She Is the Darkness was taken from the lyrics of "Rhiannon".
  • The song made an appearance in the second episode of American Horror Story: Coven and was subsequently performed by Nicks herself in a guest appearance on the program for the January 8, 2014 episode, "The Magical Delights of Stevie Nicks".
  • The song was referenced in a 2012 episode of the CBS television show How I Met Your Mother.
  • The song was referenced in Season 5, Episode 2 of the hit series Friends.
  • The song plays in the background in a scene in a pizza shop between Christopher Moltisanti, Jon Favreau, and Amy Safir in Season 2, Episode 7 D-Girl (The Sopranos) of the television show The Sopranos.


  1. ^ "ACM Awards: Lady Antebellum, Stevie Nicks Rock 'Golden' Performance". Billboard. 6 April 2014. Retrieved 11 August 2015. 
  2. ^ Fontenot, Robert. "Oldies Music Encyclopedia: "Soft Rock"". About.com. Retrieved 11 August 2015. 
  3. ^ Rock Movers & Shakers by Dafydd Rees & Luke Crampton, 1991 Billboard Books.
  4. ^ The Great Rock Discography. Martin C. Strong. Page 378. ISBN 1-84195-312-1
  5. ^ Stevie Nicks - Behind the Music
  6. ^ a b "Stevie Nicks on Rhiannon". inherownwords. Retrieved September 19, 2015. 
  7. ^ "Top RPM Singles: Issue 4128a." RPM. Library and Archives Canada.
  8. ^ "Fleetwood Mac – Chart history" Billboard Hot 100 for Fleetwood Mac.
  9. ^ Glen Cook aux Utopiales 2011 : l'interview - Elbakin.net

External links

  • Song lyrics at the official Fleetwood Mac site
  • Lyrics of this song at MetroLyrics

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