Writer: Stevie Nicks
Producer: Jimmy Iovine
Recorded: Early 1981 in Los Angeles
Released: February 4, 1982
Sharon Celani and Lori Perry Nicks–backing vocals
|Album:||Bella Donna (Atlantic, 1981)|
The second single from Fleetwood Mac singer Stevie Nicks's first solo album, Bella Donna, “Edge Of Seventeen” hit Number 11 on the Billboard Hot 100 in the spring of 1982.
According to Nicks, “Edge Of Seventeen” was inspired by a visit with a sick uncle in Phoenix: “I sat at his bedside, while (his son) John sat on the floor beside him, and we stayed there. My father did not come, nor did my mother… nor my aunt… so I sat there and held his hand, and sometime right about sunset, he slightly turned his head to John, and then to me, and his hand slowly let go of mine. I did run out into the hallway, but no one was there… and the white-winged dove took flight.”
The Bella Donna album reached Number One on the Billboard 200 and Number 11 in the U.K.
The album has sold more than four million copies, and remains the best-selling of her six solo albums.
The album featured duets with Tom Petty and Don Henley.
“Edge Of Seventeen,” as well as the album, featured such ace players as Benmont Tench (of Petty's Heartbreakers), Roy Bittan (of Bruce Springsteen's E Street Band), Waddy Wachtel (future member of Keith Richards's Xpensive Winos), and Bob Glaub (Bob Dylan, Jackson Browne).