The Truth About Stevie Nicks Relationship With George Harrison

In the late 1970s, Fleetwood Mac's most successful album "Rumours" had yet to be released. They were already a successful band by then, however, so Fleetwood Mac singer and songwriter Stevie Nicks had met a number of famous musicians, many of whom she'd admired for years. Like many people, Nicks was a fan of the Beatles, who broke up in 1970, per History. Around the time "Rumours" was set to be released in 1977, Nicks had the opportunity to spend time with one former Beatle in particular in Acapulco at a Warner Bros. convention, according to Far Out Magazine. This person would go on to become her most favorite Beatle of all.

That wasn't the only time Stevie Nicks met a former member of the Fab Four. Although she said she can't recall ever meeting Paul McCartney, she also hung out with Ringo Starr several times, Far Out Magazine reported. And later, her 1981 hit "Edge of Seventeen" would be written about the death of John Lennon a year earlier at the hands of an assassin. These encounters with former Beatles came and went for the singer, but when she met the quiet Beatle — as George Harrison is often referred to — it was the start of a lifelong friendship.

Harrison and Nicks had meaningful late night chats

Harrison's willingness to simply spend quality time with Nicks bonded the musicians. Besides meeting in Mexico, they'd also spent time together in Hawaii, according to Far Out Magazine. Both liked to stay up at night — Nicks famously went to bed very late, and Harrison liked to garden at midnight, per Showbiz Cheat Sheet. Being up together in the middle of the night created the opportunity for the two musicians to have meaningful conversations and get to know one another. 

"He was handsome, he was debonair, and he was funny," Nicks later recalled of her time spent with Harrison. She said after knowing him for only 15 minutes, "You feel like you've known him a long time." 

It was during one of those late-night hang out sessions when Nicks and Harrison even decided to write some music together. They collaborated on one of Harrison's solo tunes called "Here Comes the Moon," a sequel of sorts to the Beatles hit "Here Comes the Sun." 

"We just hung out and wrote and sang and talked," Nicks said, describing these experiences with Harrison. "I had been famous for not even quite three years and we were talking with George about being famous and what it meant." This relationship became so important to Nicks, she continues to carry a picture of George Harrison — who died in 2001 from throat cancer, per Britannica — with her with him every time she tours.