"Rhiannon" was voted #488 in The 500 Greatest Songs of All Time by Rolling Stone magazine. Its US chart peak was in June 1976, when it hit #11. It peaked at #46 in the UK singles chart for three weeks after re-release in February 1978.
The song is always referred to as simply "Rhiannon" on Fleetwood Mac albums. The title "Rhiannon (Will You Ever Win)" was used only on single versions in some countries.
Live performances of the song were sometimes prefaced with Nicks saying, "This song's about an old Welsh witch." During 1975–1980, Fleetwood Mac's live performances of "Rhiannon" took on a theatrical intensity not present on the FM-radio single. The song built to a climax in which Nicks' vocals were so impassioned that, as drummer and band co-founder Mick Fleetwood said, "her Rhiannon in those days was like an exorcism."
|Single by Fleetwood Mac|
|from the album Fleetwood Mac (The White Album)|
|Released||February 4, 1976 (US)|
|Format||7-inch 45 RPM|
|Length||3:46 (single version)|
|Fleetwood Mac singles chronology|
Nicks discovered Rhiannon in the early '70s through a novel called Triad, by Mary Bartlet Leader. The novel is about a woman named Branwen, who is possessed by another woman named Rhiannon. There is mention of the Welsh legend of Rhiannon in the novel, but the characters in the novel bear little resemblance to their original Welsh namesakes (both Rhiannon and Branwen are major female characters in the medieval Welsh prose tales of the Mabinogion).
After writing the song, Nicks learned that Rhiannon originated from a Welsh goddess, and was amazed that the haunting song lyrics applied to the Welsh Rhiannon as well. Nicks researched the Mabinogion story and began work on a Rhiannon project, unsure of whether it would become a movie, a musical, a cartoon, or a ballet. There are several "Rhiannon Songs" from this unfinished project including "Stay Away" and "Maker of Birds." Nicks wrote the Fleetwood Mac song "Angel" based on the Rhiannon story.
|United Kingdom (BPI)||Silver||250,000|
sales+streaming figures based on certification alone
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Joel Dickinson (born July 7, 1979) is an American remixer, electronic music producer, recording engineer and DJ based in Minneapolis, Minnesota. His officially released remix work includes many songs that have achieved Billboard Club charting status, incuding Barbra Streisand - Don't Lie To Me (from Walls) (#8), Whitney Houston - "Million Dollar Bill" (#1), Tony Moran ft. Deborah Cooper - "Heartbeat" (#4), Eddie X ft. Niki Haris - "This Time Baby" (#5), Jessica Sutta ft. Kemal - "Again" (#11), and C+C Music Factory ft. Scarlett Santana - "Rain" (#8).
Joel has worked with Junior Vasquez on a number of projects, including Junior's remix of the lead single from Whitney Houston's final album, "I Didn't Know My Own Strength (Whitney Houston song)," Whitney's "Million Dollar Bill," "X (Factory Reset Mix)," the 2018 revival of "If Madonna Calls (Brutally Proud Mix)," and many others.
Joel began creating "bedroom bootleg" mixes in 1997 after discovering an interest in DJ'ing. In 1998, he began his first DJ residency at Trikkx in Saint Paul, Minnesota, where he played many of his earliest remixes and edits. He followed this residency with stints at The Saloon in Minneapolis, Minnesota in 2002 and various other clubs and special events in the Twin Cities metro area, throughout the Midwest, and beyond.
In 2001, he began producing under the alias, Thee Werq'n B!tches. Under this name, Joel perhaps became best known for his remixes of gay camp classics. Some of these included: Liza Minnelli - "Cabaret (song)", Dolly Parton - "9 to 5 (Dolly Parton song)", Bette Davis - "I've Written A Letter To Daddy" (from What Ever Happened to Baby Jane? (1962 film)), and Olivia Newton-John - "Xanadu (song)". Many of these have become sensations in their own right. This was never more evident than when Joel received the highly coveted award of "Gayest Thing on the Internet" for his remix and subsequent video for Thee Werq'n B!tches ft. Faye Dunaway - "No Wire Hangers!" by VH1's Best Week Ever in 2008.In 2009, he began a very fruitful collaboration with John Michael DiSpirito and Billy Waters, two DJs and producers from NYC. This collaboration led to the founding of the remix team Audio Assembly (with Billy Waters and John Michael DiSpirito) who have produced for artists such as Taylor Dayne and Eddie X ft. Niki Harris. Joel also worked with John Michael DiSpirito under the name Hell & Keller, who have produced widely circulated bootlegs of songs by The Human League, Willow Smith, and others. Beginning in 2012, Joel joined forces with international DJ/producer/record executive Jerome Farley. This partnership has produced productions for Tony Moran, Sister Sledge, Jessica Sutta, and many others.Rhiannon (disambiguation)
Rhiannon is a queen in Welsh mythology.
Rhiannon may also refer to:
Rhiannon (given name), a Welsh given name
"Rhiannon" (song), a 1975 Fleetwood Mac song
Rhiannon: Curse of the Four Branches, a 2008 video adventure game
The Song of Rhiannon, a 1972 fantasy novel by Evangeline Walton
The Sword of Rhiannon, a 1942 science fiction novel by Leigh Brackett
Rhiannon's Ride, a 2004–06 series of novels written by Kate Forsyth
16912 Rhiannon, an asteroid discovered in 1998