Originally known as Peter Green’s Fleetwood Mac, the group started out as a British blues band releasing LP’s such as “Mr Wonderful” and “Play On”. Formed in 1967 by founding members Peter Green (previously part of John Mayall and The Bluesbreakers) and Mick Fleetwood, they were joined by Jeremy Spencer and John McVie and later Danny Kirwin. The band released a number of singles including “Need Your Love So Bad”, “Man of The World” and their only UK Number One “Albatross”.
Fleetwood Mac were to undergo numerous line-up changes over the years including the addition of McVie’s wife Christine before the departure of Peter Green in 1970. Green went on to release albums in his own right including “In The Skies” and “Kolors”. In late 1974 the band relocated to the US and added singer-songwriter couple Lindsey Buckingham and Stevie Nicks to the personnel. This was to be the most commercially successful Fleetwood Mac line-up.
Now with more of a soft rock/pop sound they released a further self-titled Fleetwood Mac LP featuring the hit “Rhiannon” before the world acclaimed “Rumours” album. Spawned from the breakup of the relationships of John and Christine McVie as well as Stevie Nicks and Lindsey Buckingham, the album boasted four Top Ten US singles – “Dreams”, “Don’t Stop”, “Go Your Own Way” and “You Make Loving Fun”. One of the most commercially successful records in history, “Rumours” was listed as Number 7 in Rolling Stone magazine’s list of 500 Greatest Albums of All Time.
They followed up this success with the release of albums “Tusk” and “Mirage”. In 1987 the band released “Tango In The Night” which was to become the final Fleetwood Mac record from the line up before Lindsey Buckingham exited the band that same year. Again producing a number of US Top 20 hits including “Big Love”, “Little Lies”, “Seven Wonders” and “Everywhere”, it became Fleetwood Mac’s second most successful studio album.
There then followed individual solo albums Stevie Nicks, Christine McVie, Mick Fleetwood and Lindsey Buckingham. At this time the Fleetwood Mac line-up was a fluctuating entity with personnel changing regularly.
The Fleetwood Mac “Rumours” line-up of Fleetwood, Buckingham, Nicks, McVie and McVie however did come together again at the request of incoming US President Bill Clinton, who had used their “Don’t Stop” track as his campaign song, to play at his Inauguration Ball in 1993.
1997 saw the core members re-unite and release a live greatest hits album “The Dance '' which again topped the US album charts. However, it was not to last and with the departure of Christine McVie the following year, the band again underwent various line-up changes with Neil Finn from Crowded House and Mike Campbell from Tom Petty and the Heartbreakers both joining the band. Unfortunately, they never reached the same dizzy heights although tours and albums both followed.
Fleetwood Mac were inducted in the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame in 1998.
Founding member Peter Green died in his sleep in 2020 aged 73.
With re-releases of various albums, Fleetwood Mac’s records are as popular as ever with “Rumours” still in the Top 50 Vinyl Record Charts in 2021.