Edge Of Seventeen (Just Like The White Winged Dove)
Stevie Nicks
Nicks Stevie 1982 Edge Seventeen 45

Just like the white winged dove sings a song
Sounds like she's singing

And the days go by like a strand in the wind
In the web that is my own, I begin again
Said to my friend, baby, nothin' else mattered

1982
11
Year
Peak Chart Position
  • peaked at No. 11 on the Billboard Hot 100 chart in 1982
  • peaked at No. 4 on the Mainstream Rock chart in 1981
  • from Stevie Nicks' debut studio album, Bella Donna (1981)
  • the fourth of twelve Top-40 singles charted on the Hot 100 by Stevie Nicks
  • the distinctive guitar riff in "Edge of Seventeen" played by Waddy Wachtel was inspired by The Police's "Bring on the Night" - the same riff was later sampled by Destiny's Child in their 2001 song "Bootylicious", with Nicks making a cameo appearance in the music video
  • on the record:
         Stevie Nicks - vocals
         Waddy Wachtel - guitar
         Benmont Tench - organ
         Roy Bittan - piano
         Bob Glaub - bass
         Russ Kunkel - drums
         Bobbye Hall - percussion
         Lori Perry, Sharon Celani - backup vocals
  • written by Stevie Nicks
  • the lyrics were inspired by the deaths of John Lennon and her late uncle Jonathan William during the same week of December 1980 - Nicks has said that the white-winged dove represents the spirit leaving the body on death, and some of the verses capture her experience of the days leading up to her uncle Jonathan's death
  • the title of the song came from a conversation Nicks had with Tom Petty's first wife, Jane, about the couple's first meeting - Jane said they met "at the age of seventeen", but her strong Southern accent made it sound like "edge of seventeen" to Nicks
  • produced by Jimmy Iovine
  • engineered by Shelly Yakus
  • Modern Records label
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