Gold Dust Woman

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"Gold Dust Woman"
You Make Loving Fun FM.jpg
"Gold Dust Woman" cover
Song by Fleetwood Mac
Released 1977
A-side "You Make Loving Fun" (US)
"Don't Stop" (UK)
Recorded 1976
Genre Rock
Length 5:02
Label Warner Bros.
Writer Stevie Nicks
Producer Fleetwood Mac,
Richard Dashut and
Ken Caillat
Rumours track listing

"Gold Dust Woman" is a song from the best-selling Fleetwood Mac album Rumours. It was written and sung by Stevie Nicks and released as a B-side to the "Don't Stop" single (in the UK) and the "You Make Loving Fun" single (in the US). Along with "Rhiannon," "Landslide," and "Dreams", it is often regarded as a signature song of Stevie Nicks' of her recordings with Fleetwood Mac. [1]

The take chosen for release on the 1977 Rumours album was reportedly recorded at 4 a.m., after a long night of attempts in the studio. Just before and during that final take, Stevie Nicks had wrapped her head (though not mouth) with a black scarf, veiling her senses and tapping genuine memories and emotions.[2]

On the 2004 2-disc special edition release of Rumours, two demos of "Gold Dust Woman" are included, one of which features vocal melody and lyrics in its coda which would later be developed into the stand-alone single "If You Ever Did Believe" in 1997. Nicks recorded this with close friend Sheryl Crow as part of the early sessions for her 2001 Trouble in Shangri-La album, but the track was chosen as the theme song for the 1998 Warner Bros. Nicole Kidman and Sandra Bullock vehicle Practical Magic. To date, the track has only been available on the film soundtrack album.

Interpretations[edit]

When asked about the song in an interview with Courtney Love for Spin in October 1997, Nicks said:

In an interview for VH1's Classic Album series, Nicks offered further insight into the song's meaning:

Personnel[edit]

Cover versions[edit]

Hole version[edit]

"Gold Dust Woman"
Single by Hole
from the album The Crow: City of Angels
B-side I Wanna Be Your Dog
Spit
Released June 11, 1996 (radio) ; July 1996 (single)
Format CD single
Recorded March 1996
Genre Alternative rock
Label Geffen
Hole singles chronology
"Softer, Softest"
(1995)
"Gold Dust Woman"
(1996)
"Celebrity Skin"
(1998)

A cover version by American alternative rock band Hole was released in 1996 as their ninth single on CD by Geffen. It was also featured on the soundtrack to The Crow: City of Angels and was produced by Ric Ocasek of The Cars.

Other cover versions[edit]

Live cover performances[edit]

  • In 1999, Sheryl Crow performed the song on her live album Sheryl Crow and Friends: Live from Central Park alongside Stevie Nicks.
  • In 2009, the song was covered live by Grace Potter and The Nocturnals as they opened for Gov't Mule, with occasional performances on the same tour by Gov't Mule with Grace Potter guesting on lead vocals. Grace Potter was a special guest with Allman Brothers in March 2012 at the Beacon theater NYC, where she shared vocals with Warren Haynes on "Gold Dust Woman".
  • In 2014, Kat Perkins chose to sing the song for her audition on Season 6 of The Voice.

Charts[edit]

Chart (1996)
(Hole version)
Peak
Position
U.S. Billboard Modern Rock Tracks 31

Appearances in other media[edit]

  • The original 1977 song appeared in 2011 as a downloadable track for the music video game Rock Band 3.

References[edit]

  1. ^ "Readers' Poll: The 10 Best Fleetwood Mac Songs Pictures - 8. 'Gold Dust Woman'". Rolling Stone. Retrieved 2014-05-29. 
  2. ^ Cath Carroll (2004-10-01). "Never Break the Chain: Fleetwood Mac and the Making of Rumours (The Vinyl Frontier series): Cath Carroll: 9781556525452: Amazon.com: Books". Amazon.com. Retrieved 2014-05-29. 
  3. ^ "Various - Mojo Presents Rumours Revisited (CD) at Discogs". Discogs.com. Retrieved 2014-05-29. 

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