1981 Stevie Nicks – Bella Donna

Bella Donna is the debut solo studio album by American singer and songwriter Stevie Nicks. Released on July 27, 1981, the album reached number one on the US Billboard 200 in September of that year. Bella Donna was awarded platinum status by the Recording Industry Association of America (RIAA) on October 7, 1981, less than three months after its release, and in 1990 was certified quadruple-platinum for four million copies shipped. Bella Donna spent nearly three years on the Billboard 200, from July 1981 to June 1984.

The album spawned four hit singles during 1981 and 1982: the Tom Petty and the Heartbreakers-penned duet “Stop Draggin’ My Heart Around” (#3), the Don Henley duet “Leather and Lace” (#6), her signature song “Edge of Seventeen” (#11) and country-tinged “After the Glitter Fades” (#32).

Bella Donna would mark the beginning of Nicks’ trend of calling upon her many musician friends and connections to fully realize her sparse demo recordings. Along with friends Tom Petty and Don Henley, Nicks brought in session musician Waddy Wachtel, Bruce Springsteen’s E-Street Band pianist Roy Bittan, and Stax session man Donald “Duck” Dunn of Booker T. & the MGs. The album marked the first recording featuring Nicks’ backing vocalists, Sharon Celani and Lori Perry, who still record and tour with Nicks today.

Tracks

1  Bella Donna (Stevie Nicks) 05:22
2  Kind Of Woman (Stevie Nicks; Benmont Tench) 03:14
3  Stop Draggin’ My Heart Around (Mike Campbell; Tom Petty) 04:07
4  Think About It (Stevie Nicks; Roy Bittan) 03:35
After The Glitter Fades (Stevie Nicks) 03:31
Edge Of Seventeen (Stevie Nicks) 05:30
7  How Still My Love (Stevie Nicks) 03:56
Leather And Lace (Stevie Nicks) 03:46
9  Outside The Rain (Stevie Nicks) 04:21
10  The Highwayman (Stevie Nicks) 04:51

Musicians

1 Bella Donna

BassBob Glaub
DrumsRuss Kunkel
GuitarWaddy Wachtel
Acoustic GuitarDavey Johnstone
OrganBenmont Tench
PianoBill Elliot
SynthesizerDavid Adelstein
PercussionBobbye Hall
VocalsStevie Nicks


2 Kind Of Woman

BassBob Glaub
DrumsRuss Kunkel
GuitarWaddy Wachtel
Acoustic GuitarDavey Johnstone
OrganBenmont Tench
PianoRoy Bittan
PercussionBobbye Hall
VocalsStevie Nicks


3 Stop Draggin’ My Heart Around

BassDonald Dunn
DrumsStan Lynch
GuitarMike Campbell
GuitarTom Petty
OrganBenmont Tench
PercussionPhil Jones
VocalsTom Petty
VocalsStevie Nicks


4 Think About It

BassBob Glaub
DrumsRuss Kunkel
GuitarWaddy Wachtel
Acoustic GuitarDavey Johnstone
OrganBenmont Tench
PianoBill Payne
PercussionBobbye Hall
VocalsStevie Nicks


5 After The Glitter Fades

BassBob Glaub
DrumsRuss Kunkel
GuitarWaddy Wachtel
Acoustic GuitarDavey Johnstone
Pedal Steel GuitarDan Dugmore
OrganBenmont Tench
PianoRoy Bittan
PercussionBobbye Hall
VocalsStevie Nicks


6 Edge Of Seventeen

BassBob Glaub
DrumsRuss Kunkel
GuitarWaddy Wachtel
OrganBenmont Tench
PianoRoy Bittan
PercussionBobbye Hall
VocalsStevie Nicks


7 How Still My Love

BassBob Glaub
DrumsRuss Kunkel
GuitarWaddy Wachtel
Acoustic GuitarDavey Johnstone
OrganBenmont Tench
PianoRoy Bittan
PercussionBobbye Hall
VocalsStevie Nicks


8 Leather And Lace

DrumsRuss Kunkel
GuitarWaddy Wachtel
PianoRoy Bittan
VocalsDon Henley
VocalsStevie Nicks


9 Outside The Rain

BassTom Moncrieff
DrumsStan Lynch
GuitarMike Campbell
OrganBenmont Tench
PercussionPhil Jones
VocalsStevie Nicks


10 The Highwayman

BassRichard Bowden
DrumsDon Henley
GuitarMike Campbell
GuitarDon Felder
Acoustic GuitarDavey Johnstone
Background VocalsDon Henley
VocalsStevie Nicks

Other Musicians

Background VocalsLori Perry
Background VocalsSharon Celani

Liner Notes

Producer – Jimmy Iovine
Producer – Tom Petty (Tracks 3, 9)
Arranged By – Gordon Perry (Track 1)
Arranged By – Roy Bittan (Track 7)
Coordinator – Janet Weber
Directed By – Benmont Tench
Engineer – Shelly Yakus
Engineer (Additional) – Don Smith
Engineer (Assistant) – Dana Latham, James Ball, Niko Bolas, Tori Swenson
Mastered By – Stephen Marcussen
Mixed By – Shelly Yakus, Don Smith

Art Direction, Design, Photography By, Cover – Herbert Wheeler Worthington III
Cover – Christopher Nicks, Stevie Nicks
Design, Layout – Michael Curtis
Logo – Michael Manoogian

Mastered At Precision Lacquer
Mastered At Sheffield Lab Matrix
Mixed At Goodnight LA Studios
Overdubbed At Goodnight LA Studios
Overdubbed At Record One, Los Angeles
Mixed At Rumbo Recorders
Recorded At Studio 55, Los Angeles
Phonographic Copyright (p) Modern Records, Inc