Stevie Nicks remembers making 'stand back' with Prince: 'Is my heart broken? Absolutely'

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Following a surprise performance during Broadway's School of Rock on Tuesday night, Stevie Nicks took a moment backstage to remember Prince with a story about the time they worked together. She says "Little Red Corvette" became the inspiration for her 1983 single "Stand Back" after she heard it in the car (on the day she married Kim Anderson, as the Stevie mythology goes). She pulled over, sang "Stand Back" on a tape recorder, then later in the studio called Prince to invite him to Sunset Sound in Los Angeles, where she was recording the song, "never in a million years" thinking he would come. Twenty minutes later and poof, he was there and ready to play. Multi-instrumentalist that Prince was, she says he ended up contributing organ and "several other things I don't really remember" to "Stand Back." Stevie says what came out of that collaboration and their mutual respect was a lasting friendship: "I didn't have to call and tell him that I kind of ripped off his song, but I did because I'm honest. So it turned into a really amazing relationship. Is my heart broken? Absolutely. Broken."

Read her full story below:

"I wrote 'Stand Back' riding along in the car, the first time I heard "Little Red Corvette.' I had these words in my head, and I just started singing these words with a friend of mine. And I said, 'You know, we need to pull over and get a tape recorder because I need to record this.' So I did, on a little tape recorder, and then I went in to record and I called him — I got the number somehow — to ask him if he would come over to Sunset Sound in Los Angeles, never in a million years expecting that he would say yes or that he was in Los Angeles. He was there in 20 minutes and he played all the organ parts and he played, well, several things that I don't even really remember, but he played a lot on it. And he owns 50 percent of the song. We became really good friends from that moment onward because we had a — you know, I didn't have call and tell him that I kind of ripped off his song, but I did because I'm honest. So it turned into a really amazing relationship. Is my heart broken? Absolutely. Broken."

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US artist singer and songwriter Prince performs on stage during his concert in Antwerp Sportpaleis, on November 8, 2010. AFP PHOTO /BELGA PHOTO DIRK WAEM (DIRK WAEM/AFP/Getty Images)
FILE - In this Monday, June 2, 2014, file photo, U.S. pop singer Prince watches the fourth round match of the French Open tennis tournament between Spain's Rafael Nadal and Serbia's Dusan Lajovic at the Roland Garros stadium, in Paris. Prince announced on Monday, Aug. 25, 2014, that he would release a new album entitled, 'Art Official Age'€ on Warner Bros. Records, the label Prince was signed to from 1978 to the mid-1990s, but later battled for the rights of his music. (AP Photo/Michel Spingler, File)
LONDON, ENGLAND - FEBRUARY 19: Prince presents the award for British Female Solo Artist at The BRIT Awards 2014 at 02 Arena on February 19, 2014 in London, England. (Photo by Ian Gavan/Getty Images)
LONDON, ENGLAND - FEBRUARY 19: Prince and Ida Nielsen, Hannah Ford Welton and Donna Grantis of his band 3rdEyeGirl present an award at The BRIT Awards 2014 at The O2 Arena on February 19, 2014 in London, England. (Photo by Samir Hussein/Redferns via Getty Images)
Prince Rogers Nelson is better known as just Prince and is pictured where is spends a lot of his time; on concert stage around the world. Denmark 2013. (Photo by: PYMCA/UIG via Getty Images)
LAS VEGAS, NV - MAY 19: Recording artist Prince performs during the 2013 Billboard Music Awards at the MGM Grand Garden Arena on May 19, 2013 in Las Vegas, Nevada. (Photo by Ethan Miller/Getty Images)
LAS VEGAS, NV - SEPTEMBER 22: Singer Mary J. Blige (L) and recording artist Prince perform onstage during the 2012 iHeartRadio Music Festival at the MGM Grand Garden Arena on September 22, 2012 in Las Vegas, Nevada. (Photo by Christopher Polk/Getty Images for Clear Channel)
LAS VEGAS, NV - SEPTEMBER 22: Recording artist Prince (L) and singer Mary J. Blige perform onstage during the 2012 iHeartRadio Music Festival at the MGM Grand Garden Arena on September 22, 2012 in Las Vegas, Nevada. (Photo by Isaac Brekken/Getty Images for Clear Channel)
As dozens of singers perform "We Are The World" on the 10th anniversary of the African famine relief anthem, the artist formerly known as Prince, left, stands sucking on a lollipop next to Quincy Jones, at the American Music Awards in Los Angeles, January 30, 1995. (AP Photo/ Reed Saxon)
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