Fleetwood Mac Was An Evolution

It's not easy keeping up with the FLEETWOOD MAC story: we recently had a couple of things about the Peter Green Blues version of the band in the early 70's, which was followed by the Bob Welch years. When Bob left the band to solo, Mick Fleetwood was looking for a replacement, and the great engineer at Sound City Studio in LA, Keith Olsen, played a cut ("Frozen") for him from a duo calling themselves, Buckingham Nicks (Lindsey Buckingham and Stevie Nicks).

 

Fleetwood liked Lindsey's guitar playing and offered him the job, but he would only join up if his girlfriend Stevie Nicks was in the package. And so we now have the current lineup: John McVie, Stevie Nicks, Lindsey Buckingham, and Mick Fleetwood, first seen on New Year's Eve 1974, who would become arguably the one of the most popular and biggest selling bands in the world.

 

In 1975 they released the eponymous album, Fleetwood Mac, that threw off: "Over my head" by Christine McVee, and "Rhiannon" introducing the Whirling Witch Stevie Nicks to the world. Soon this group would sell over 100 Million records world-wide, partially driven by their album "Rumours," the second with Lindsey and Stevie, that had four Top 10 singles and stayed at #1 on the Album Charts for an incredible 31 weeks and moving over 40 million units.

 

The romances, drug use, and other chaos inside the Mac is for another day, but for right now, let's listen to a huge hit from "Rumors" called "Rhiannon," with Stevie at her sexy best. 


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