John Stewart’s “Gold” Just Got Better With Stevie Nicks In It

John Stewart’s “Gold” Just Got Better With Stevie Nicks In It | I Love Classic Rock Videos

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Most people, especially those interested in popular music, often don’t hear the name of the iconic John Stewart. Stewart, who was a part of the group the Kingston Trio, has had several hits under his belt, including “Gold.”

In the 70s, his career declined vastly with the release of several unsuccessful albums. However, fate became his friend when he met Stevie Nicks and Lindsey Buckingham, who were straight off the success of Fleetwood Mac’s Rumours album.

Nicks provided harmony vocals, and Buckingham played lead guitar and produced Stewart’s Bombs Away, Dream Babies. Buckingham’s guitar work is restrained by his standards but essential to the sound produced, and his vocals provide a good counterpoint to Stewart’s rough voice, making him an instrumental as well as a vocal trigger for the album’s economic success. Moreover, Nicks’ instantly known harmonies elevate the song to new heights of musicality.

“Gold” easily became a top 5 hit in the US, catapulting him to greater heights of fame. Stewart used “Gold” as a staple in his live performances, but would eventually drop it, calling the song “vapid” and “empty.” Nevertheless, it was a milestone for Stewart with his name imprinted in the annals of rock history for many years.

Take a look at this 1979 performance of John Stewart with his song, “Gold” along with Stevie Nicks. The video can be watched below.