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Liner Notes-The Rock and Roll Hall of Fame Official Publication (December 1997), Ninety Eight Inductees < Fleetwood Mac < Main Page

Liner Notes-The Rock and Roll Hall of Fame Official Publication (December 1997), Ninety Eight Inductees

From "Liner Notes-The Rock and Roll Hall of Fame Official Publication", December 1997

"Ninety Eight Inductees" by Parke Puterbaugh


Over the course of more than 30 years, Fleetwood Mac has evolved from a British blues band to a California-based supergroup. Though most rock fans are familiar with the lineup that includes Lindsey Buckingham and Stevie Nicks, the group possesses a long and storied history that predates their mid-Seventies stardom.

Fleetwood Mac was formed in 1967 by drummer Mick Fleetwood, bassist John McVie and guitarist Peter Green, three expatriates from British legend John Mayall's Bluesbreakers. The original Fleetwood Mac also included guitarist Jeremy Spencer and then became a quintet with the addition of guitarist Danny Kirwan prior to their second album. That line up is best represented by 1969's "Then Play On", a milestone in progressive British blues-rock. The second configuration of the group found Fleetwood, McVie and Kirwan joined by McVie's wife, keyboardist Christine McVie, and guitarist Bob Welch. This group was responsible for a pair of ethereal pop masterpieces, "Future Games" (1971) and "Bare Trees" (1972).

Finally, the ultimate version of Fleetwood Mac came together after the departure of Kirwan and Welch with the recruitment of Buckingham and Nicks. This classic lineup contained three songwriters- Buckingham, Nicks and Christine McVie- who were strong vocalists as well. They created two watershed albums, "Fleetwood Mac" (1975) and "Rumours" (1977), which was written and recorded as the group's long-term romantic relationships- Buckingham and Nicks, and the married McVies- publicly unraveled.

"Rumours" yielded a bumper crop of classic songs, among them four Top Ten hits: "Go Your Own Way", "Dreams", "Don't Stop" and "You Make Loving Fun". "Rumours" has sold more than 25 million copies, making it the third best-selling album of all time.

Under the creative guidance of Buckingham, Fleetwood Mac grew more emboldened and experimental with the double album "Tusk". Released in 1979, it didn't match its predecessors in terms of sales, but it did earn the group two more Top Ten hits ("Sara" and "Tusk"). Fleetwood Mac released two studio albums in the Eighties- "Mirage" (1982) and "Tango In The Night" (1987)- but it's key members increasingly turned their attention to solo projects. Nicks, in particular, nurtured a career as a solo artist that rivaled Fleetwood Mac in popularity.

After the release of "Tango In The Night", Buckingham announced that he was leaving Fleetwood Mac. The group soldiered on, although Nicks departed a month after Fleetwood Mac regrouped to perform "Don't Stop" at President Bill Clinton's inaguration in January 1993.

In 1997, much like the Eagles had done three years earlier, the classic lineup of Fleetwood Mac set aside their differences for a reunion that marked the 30th anniversary of the original group's founding and the 20th anniversary of "Rumours"s release. A live concert was filmed for an MTV special and was released on video and audio formats as "The Dance".

Thanks to Ali Filipowicz for posting this to The Ledge and to Anusha for sending it to us.

Date: 1997-12-01         Number of views: 1374

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