Monday, April 14, 2014

"Leather and Lace" by Stevie Nicks with Don Henley

Top 10 Alert!
Song#:  0796
Date:  10/24/1981
Debut:  73
Peak:  6
Weeks:  19
Genre:  Soft Rock

Pop Bits:  Debuting one notch higher than her Fleetwood Mac bandmate's solo debut single, Lindsey Buckingham's "Trouble," Nicks' second single from her #1 LP "Bella Donna" became her second Top 10 hit from the album. It followed her #3 smash "Stop Draggin' My Heart Around" that featured Tom Petty & the Heartbreakers. For this follow-up she got an assist from Eagles member Don Henley.

ReduxReview:  This one has grown on me over the years. I didn't really latch on to it back in the day. I thought it was kind of pretty, but that was about it. I guess you hear things differently as you get older and now the song makes more sense to me and I can connect with it. That is a strange thing about some music. You may not be able to appreciate it fully until you gain more maturity and life experience.

ReduxRating:  7/10

Trivia:  This song was supposed to be recorded by Waylon Jennings and his wife Jessi Colter who were assembling a duets album that would be released in 1981. Jennings had asked Nicks to write a song based on the album's title "Leather and Lace."  She did, but it never got recorded and was not included on the album. Nicks then recorded it herself with Henley for "Bella Donna" and ended up with the hit.

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