But it wasn’t just her work in Fleetwood Mac that shone like a beacon, but her work as a solo performer too. In 1981, she began her first endeavor outside of the group with the debut album Bella Donna. This record proved that she was more than capable of garnering an audience all by herself.
The album rocketed to the top of the Billboard charts upon release, and has been certified platinum many times over. However, despite the LP’s critical recognition and commercial success, something in Nicks’ personal life overshadowed her solo achievement.
Yes, 1981 was the year that Bella Donna launched the singer onto a new musical level. But it was also the year that her best friend, Robin Snyder Anderson, was diagnosed with leukemia. The tragic news affected Nicks in a big way, putting a damper on her newfound career success.