Fleetwood Mac

Fleetwood Mac

Band Members

Peter Green (Peter Allen Greenbaum, London, England, October 29, 1946 – Canvey Island, England, July 25, 2020): vocals, guitars. 1967 – 1970.

Mick Fleetwood (Michael John Kells Fleetwood, b. June 24, 1947, Redruth, Cornwall): drums. 1967 to date.

John McVie (John Graham McVie, b. November 26, 1945, London, England): bass. 1967 to date.

Stevie Nicks (Stephanie Nicks, b. May 26, 1948, Phoenix, AZ, USA): vocals. 1975 – 1991, 1997 to date.

Lindsey Buckingham (b. October 3, 1949, Palo Alto, CA, USA): vocals, guitars. 1975  – 1987, 1997 – 2018.

Christine McVie (b. Anne Christine Perfect, July 12, 1943, Grenodd, Lancashire, England): vocals, keyboards. 1968 – 1997, 2014 to date.

Billy Burnette (b. William Beau Burnette III, May 8, 1953, Memphis, TS, USA): vocals, guitars.1987 – 1995.

Rick Vito (b. Richard F. Vito, October 13, Darby, PA, USA): vocals, guitars. 1987 – 1991, 1993.

Danny Kirwan (b. May 13, 1950, London, England): guitars. 1968 – 1972.

Bob Welch (Robert Welch, b. Los Angeles, CA, USA, July 31, 1946 – June 7, 2012): guitars. 1971 – 1974.

Bob Weston (b. Robert Joseph Weston, November 1, 1947 – January 3, 2012): guitars. 1972 – 1973.

Jeremy Spencer (b. July 4, 1948, Hartlepool, Cleveland, England): guitars. 1967 – 1971.

Bob Brunning (Robert Brunning, Bournemouth, England, June 29, 1943 – London, England, October 18, 2011): bass. 1967.

Dave Walker (b. January 25, 1945, Walsall, Staffordshire, England): guitars. 1973.

Dave Mason (b. May 10, 1945, Worcester, England): guitars. 1993 – 1995.

Bekka Bramlett (b. April 19, 1968, Westwood, CA, USA): vocals. 1995.

Mike Campbell (b. February 1, 1950, Jacksonville, FL, USA): guitars. 2018 to date.

Neil Finn (b. May 27, 1958, Te Awamutu, New Zealand): guitars, 2018 to date.

 

Biographical Sketch

Fleetwood Mac are a British-American rock band formed in 1967 in London. Due to numerous line-up changes, the only original member present in the band is its namesake, drummer Mick Fleetwood. Although band founder Peter Green named the group by combining the surnames of two of his former bandmates (Fleetwood, McVie) from John Mayall’s Bluesbreakers, bassist John McVie played neither on their first single nor at their first concerts, as he initially decided to stay with Mayall. The keyboardist, Christine McVie, who joined the band in 1970 while married to John McVie, appeared on all but the debut album, either as a member or as a session musician. She also supplied the artwork for the album Kiln House.

The two most successful periods for the band were during the late 1960s British blues boom, when they were led by guitarist Peter Green and achieved a UK number one with Albatross; and from 1975 to 1987, as a more pop oriented act, featuring Christine McVie, Lindsey Buckingham and Stevie Nicks. Fleetwood Mac’s second album after the incorporation of Nicks and Buckingham, 1977’s Rumours, produced four U.S. Top 10 singles (including Nicks‘ song Dreams, which was the band’s only U.S. number one) and remained at No.1 on the American albums chart for 31 weeks, as well as reaching the top spot in various countries around the world. To date the album has sold over 40 million copies worldwide, making it the eighth highest selling album of all time.

The band achieved more modest success in the intervening period between 1971 and 1974, with the line-up including Bob Welch, and also during the 1990s in between the departure and return of Nicks and Buckingham. The band’s Rumors lineup eventually reunited for a hugely successful tour and live album, The Dance, in 1997, also marking the 20th anniversary of the album Rumours.  Christine McVie left the band in 1998, but continued to work with them in a session capacity. Meanwhile, the group remained together as a four-piece, releasing their most recent studio album, Say You Will, in 2003. Christine McVie rejoined the band full-time in 2014. In 2018, Buckingham was fired from the band and was replaced by Mike Campbell, formerly of Tom Petty and the Heartbreakers, and Neil Finn of Split Enz and Crowded House.

Fleetwood Mac have sold more than 120 million records worldwide, making them one of the world’s best-selling bands. In 1979, the group were honoured with a star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame. In 1998 the band were inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame and received the Brit Award for Outstanding Contribution to Music. In 2018, the band received the MusiCares Person of the Year award by The Recording Academy in recognition of their artistic achievement in the music industry and dedication to philanthropy.

Read more about Fleetwood Mac on Wikipedia.

 

Major Awards and Honors

Hall of Fame Inductions
Rock’n Roll Hall of Fame
  • 1998: Fleetwood Mac (Lindsey Buckingham, Mick Fleetwood, Peter Green, Danny Kirwan, Christine McVie, John McVie, Stevie Nicks, and Jeremy Spencer)
Vocal Group Hall of Fame
  • 2005: Fleetwood Mac
Grammy Hall of Fame
  • 2003: Rock Album – “Rumours”
  • 2016: Rock Album – “Fleetwood Mac”
Others
Grammies
  • 1977: Album Of The Year – “Rumours”
    Grammy awarded to: Fleetwood Mac (Lindsey Buckingham, Mick Fleetwood, Christine McVie, John McVie, Stevie Nicks), artist; Ken Caillat & Richard Dashut, producers.
American Music Awards
  • 1978: Favorite Pop/Rock Band/Duo/Group
  • 1978: Favorite Pop/Rock Album – “Rumours”
  • 2003: Favorite Pop/Rock Band/Duo/Group
BRIT Awards
  • 1989: Hosts – Mick Fleetwood & Samantha Fox
  • 1998: Outstanding Contribution to Music
Juno Awards (Canada)
  • 1978: International Album of the Year – “Rumours”
Rolling Stone Magazine
  • 100 Greatest Singers: #98 – Stevie Nicks
  • 100 Greatest Guitarists of All Time: #100 – Lindsey Buckingham
  • 500 Greatest Albums of All Time:
    • #26 – “Rumours”
    • #182 – “Fleetwood Mac”
  • 500 Greatest Songs of All Time: #120 – “Go Your Own Way”
    (Album: “Rumours”)
VH1
  • 100 Greatest Artists of Rock & Roll: #22 – Fleetwood Mac
Hollywood Walk of Fame
  • 1979: Star

 

Discography

Band Releases
Albums
  • Peter Green’s Fleetwood Mac (1968)
  • Mr. Wonderful (1968)
  • English Rose (1969)
  • Fleetwood Mac in Chicago (1969)
  • The Pious Bird of Good Omen (1969)
  • Then Play On (1969)
  • Kiln House (1970)
  • Future Games (1971)
  • Black Magic Woman (1971)
  • The Original Fleetwood Mac (1971)
  • Greatest Hits (1971)
  • Bare Trees (1972)
  • Penguin (1973)
  • Mystery to Me (1973)
  • Heroes Are Hard to Find (1974)
  • Vintage Years (1975)
  • Fleetwood Mac (1975)
  • Rumors (1977)
  • Tusk (1979)
  • Live (1980)
  • Mirage (1982)
  • Live in Boston (1985)
  • Tango in the Night (1987)
  • The Collection (1987)
  • Greatest Hits (1988)
  • Behind the Mask (1990)
  • 25 Years – The Chain (1992)
  • Live at the Marquee, 1967 (1992)
  • Time (1995)
  • Live at the BBC (1995)
  • The Dance (1997)
  • Masters: London Live ’68 (1998)
  • The Vaudeville Years of Fleetwood Mac: 1968 to 1970 (1998)
  • Live at the Boston Tea Party, Part 1 (1998)
  • Live at the Boston Tea Party, Part 2 (1998)
  • Shrine 1969 (1999)
  • The Complete Blue Horizon Sessions 1967 – 1969 (1999)
  • Live at the Boston Tea Party, Part 3 (2000)
  • Perfect in Every Way (2000)
    – Rereleased in 2010, as well as in 2008 under the title Perfect Days.
  • Original Fleetwood Mac: The Blues Years (2000)
  • Show-Biz Blues: 1968 to 1970, Volume 2 (2001)
  • Jumping at Shadows – The Blues Years (2002)
  • The Best of Peter Green’s Fleetwood Mac (2002)
  • The Very Best of Fleetwood Mac (2002)
  • Say You Will (2003)
  • Madison Blues (2003)
    – Recorded 1970.
  • Green Shadows (2003)
  • Fleetwood Mac: Live in Boston (2004)
  • Men of the World: The Early Years (2005)
  • The Essential Fleetwood Mac (2007)
  • Preaching The Blues (2011)
    – Live recording from 1971, the last to feature Jeremy Spencer.
  • Opus Collection (2013)
  • Extended Play (2013)
  • In Concert (2016)
  • 50 Years: Don’t Stop (2018)
  • Before the Beginning: 1968 – 1970 Live & Demo Sessions (2019)
Compilations and Soundtrack Contributions
  • Molten Metal (1990)
    – Song: Big Love.
Peter Green’s Releases
Solo
  • The End Of The Game (1970)
  • In The Skies (1978)
  • Little Dreamer (1980)
  • Whatcha Gonna Do? (1981)
  • Blue Guitar (1981)
  • White Sky (1982)
  • Kolors (1983)
  • A Case for the Blues (1984)
    – With Katmandu.
  • Legend (1988)
  • Backtrackin’ (1990)
  • A Rock Legend (1991)
  • Last Train To San Antone (1992)
  • Baby When the Sun Goes Down (1992)
  • Collection (1993)
  • Rock And Pop Legends (1995)
  • Green & Guitar: The Best Of Peter Green 1977-81 (1996)
  • Bandit (1997)
  • Blues For Dhyana (1998)
  • Born On The Wild Side (1998)
  • Alone with the Blues (2000)
  • The Clown (2001)
  • A Fool No More (2001)
  • Promised Land (2001)
  • The Anthology (2008)
Peter Green Splinter Group
  • Peter Green Splinter Group (1997)
  • The Robert Johnson Songbook (1998)
  • Soho Sessions (1999)
  • Destiny Road (1999)
  • Hot Foot Powder (2000)
  • Me And The Devil (2001)
  • Time Traders (2001)
  • Blues Don’t Change (2001)
  • The Best of Peter Green Splinter Group (2002)
  • Reaching The Cold 100 (2003)
With John Mayall’s Bluesbreakers
  • A Hard Road (1967)
  • John Mayall’s Bluesbreakers With Paul Butterfield (1967)
  • Blues from Laurel Canyon (1968)
  • Looking Back (1969)
  • Thru the Years (1971)
  • Along for the Ride (2001)
  • Live in 1967, Volume 1 (2015)
  • Live in 1967, Volume 2 (2016)
Mick Fleetwood’s Releases
  • The Visitor (1981)
    – Featuring two Fleetwood Mac remakes: Rattlesnake Shake and Walk A Thin Line.
  • I’m Not Me (1983)
    – With Mick Fleetwood’s Zoo.
  • Shakin’ the Cage (1992)
    – With The Zoo.
  • Something Big (2004)
    – With The Mick Fleetwood Band.
  • Blue Again! (2008)
    – With The Mick Fleetwood Blues Band feat. Rick Vito.
  • Celebrate the Music of Peter Green (2021)
    – Mick Fleetwood & Friends.
John McVie’s Releases
With John Mayall’s Blues Breakers
  • John Mayall Plays John Mayall (1965)
    – Live At Klooks Kleek.
  • Blues Breakers with Eric Clapton (1966)
  • A Hard Road (1967)
  • Crusade (1967)
Solo
  • John McVie’s “Gotta Band” With Lola Thomas (1992)
With Lindsey Buckingham and Christine McVie
  • Lindsey Buckingham / Christine McVie (2017)
Christine McVie’s Releases
With Chicken Shack
  • 40 Blue Fingers, Freshly Packed and Ready to Serve (1968)
  • O.K. Ken? (1968)
Solo
  • Christine Perfect (1970)
    – Featuring a cover version of Fleetwood Mac’s When You Say.
  • Christine McVie (1984)
  • In the Meantime (2004)
With Lindsey Buckingham
  • Lindsey Buckingham / Christine McVie (2017)
Stevie Nicks’s Solo Releases
Lindsey Buckingham’s Solo Releases

 

 

 

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