Friday, August 19, 2005

RIP: Jess Nicks

Stevie's dad.

I am a huge fan of Stevie Nicks and have been for about 30 years. What red-blooded American male of my generation is not? She and her family are tight-knit and she had a great relationship with her father.

From The Arizona Republic:

Aug. 17, 2005 12:00 AM

NORTHEAST VALLEY - Jess Nicks, father of Fleetwood Mac singer and Paradise Valley resident Stevie Nicks, died Aug. 10 from heart failure. He was 80 years old.

In addition to Stevie Nicks, he is survived by his wife, Barbara, and son Christopher.

Nicks, a longtime Valley resident, was the owner of the now-defunct concert venue Compton Terrace, which he built in 1979 after retiring as president and chairman of Armour/Greyhound.


A longtime sufferer from heart disease, Nicks, who had undergone three heart operations, was also involved with the Arizona Heart Institute, serving as chairman of the board for three decades.

Despite illness, Nicks appeared July 20 at the groundbreaking of the Arizona Heart Foundation Cardiovascular Research building.

Along with his daughter, he helped raise millions of dollars for the institute. Stevie and Fleetwood Mac performed numerous benefit concerts for the organization, ranging from an intimate private performance in 1996 to a recent concert with Don Henley on Aug. 5 at the Dodge Theatre.

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