Stevie Nicks discusses ‘connection’ with tragic Hollywood actress Mabel Normand

A song named after the actress features on Nicks' new album '24 Karat Gold: Songs From The Vault'

Fleetwood Mac‘s Stevie Nicks has discussed the ‘connection’ she felt with tragic Hollywood actress Mabel Normand.

A song on Nicks’ forthcoming double album ’24 Karat Gold: Songs From The Vault’ is named after Normand, who died in 1930 from tuberculosis following years of cocaine addiction. Talking about the song to Billboard, Nicks said she wrote the song when she was “at my lowest point with the blow.”

She commented: “Give ‘Mabel Normand’ a special listen. Mabel was an amazing actress and comedian from the ’20s, and she was a terrible cocaine addict. She eventually died of tuberculosis, but it was really her drug addiction that killed her. I saw a documentary of her in 1985, when I was at my lowest point with the blow. I was watching TV one night, the movie came on, and I really felt a connection with her. That’s when I wrote the song. Less than a year later, I went to rehab at Betty Ford.”


’24 Karat Gold: Songs From The Vault’ will be released on October 6. The album is made up of songs that were mostly written between 1969-87 but were recorded recently in Nashville and Los Angeles. The record is produced by Nicks, Dave Stewart and Waddy Wachtel.

Speaking about the album in a statement, Nicks commented: “Most of these songs were written between 1969 and 1987. One was written in 1994 and one in 1995. I included them because they seemed to belong to this special group. Each song is a lifetime. Each song has a soul. Each song has a purpose. Each song is a love story… They represent my life behind the scenes, the secrets, the broken hearts, the broken-hearted and the survivors.”


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