Bella Donna, come in out of the darkness -- it's your 40th birthday! Stevie Nicks celebrated the four decade anniversary of her solo debut and career-defining song of the same name in a July 27 statement posted to her social media accounts captioned "From my journal..." The ballad went on to help establish her as an artist independent of longtime band Fleetwood Mac.
In addition to shouting out her collaborators Lori Perry-Nicks and Sharon Celani, the rockstar and songwriting legend shared the story that inspired "Bella Donna."
"This song was written about my boyfriend's mother who was involved with a man in Chile during the coup that happened there in 1973," she explained. "The man she loved was banished to France. Banished - or imprisoned, that was the choice. The love story never really ended, but she never saw him again. I was so touched by this story of lost love that I wrote 'Bella Donna.'"