Picking your favourite member of The Beatles is an arduous task that can lean itself into a different answer on any given day. However, for Stevie Nicks, her opinion is set in stone, and nobody else comes close to George Harrison for the Fleetwood Mac vocalist, Stevie Nicks.
For Nicks, it wasn’t Harrison’s contribution to the music of The Fab Four or his solo career which revered the so-called ‘Quiet Beatle’ to the singer so highly. Instead, the precious time she enjoyed around his company left a lifelong mark on her, which will stay with Nicks.
In fact, Nicks relished the moments they shared together so greatly that a photo of her with Harrison and restauranteur Bob Longhi is now one of her most cherished items. The singer even takes it on tour with her, and Nicks’ fallen friends offer her a poignant reminder to never take performing on stage for granted.
“When I go on the road it goes right on my makeup mirror,” Nicks once explained. “So before I go on stage, whether it’s with Fleetwood Mac or me in my solo career, the three of us are looking back at me, and that has been my inspiration every single night.”
She added: “There’s lots of nights where you kind of go, I wish I didn’t have to go on stage tonight, I’m tired, I don’t feel like doing it, and I look at George Harrison and look at Longhi and look at me and I go: ‘Well, you just have to, because it’s important, it’s important to make people happy, so get out of your chair, put on your boots and go out there and do your thing.'”
Nicks isn’t friendly with every member of The Beatles, although ‘Edge Of Seventeen’ was tragically inspired by the death of John Lennon. Additionally, she surprisingly revealed in 2013, that she’s unsure if she’s ever met Paul McCartney. While that is quite hard to comprehend that their stars have never aligned at a glitzy ceremony yet, she’s never forgotten every last second she spent with Harrison.
“I’ve met Ringo many times, and I knew George quite well,” Nicks revealed before confirming that the latter was her preferred member of the group. “Because I knew him the best and because I had some nice moments with him. I’d have to say, George Harrison. We spent some time just hanging out, and not really writing, but like pretending, trying.
“I got to spend like two days with a bunch of people, and him in Hawaii once. Also, when Rumours was coming out, I got to spend some time with him in Mexico, in Acapulco when there was a Warner Bros. convention,” she continued.
Nicks fondly recollected, “It was totally fun, we were standing by the pool, and George Harrison said, ‘They are coming for us, they are going to try to push is into that pool’. He put his hand on my back, and said, ‘Absolutely, they’ll throw us in the pool so let’s get away from the pool’.”
She wistfully concluded: “He was handsome, he was debonair, and he was funny. He liked Dave Stewart. They all have that certain je nais se quois that’s just so attractive and easy to be with. You didn’t know him, then you’ve known him fifteen minutes, and you feel like you’ve known him a long time.”
Nicks’ eulogising of Harrison shows the profound effect that the time with the guitarist had on her as a human being. Even though the moments they bathed in one another’s presence were limited, the memories created within that brief period have lasted a lifetime for the singer.