Timeless music: The Story of Fleetwood Mac Staff Writer: Hannah Johnson

Fleetwood Mac, a band almost everyone in the world is familiar with. This British- American group is named one of the highest selling artist of all time who have also sold over 100 million records worldwide. Composed of Mick Fleetwood, John McVie, Stevie Nicks, Christine McVie and Lindsey Buckingham, they have made their international fame with their many soothing, catchy, timeless songs that people still play to this day. No wonder they were even inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame! “I have always loved them and so did my mother, on Sunday mornings she would wake up early to clean the house and would always blast Rumors. It’s a nice little memory I will keep with me all my life.” – Tammy Freiberger, classic rock enthusiast.


Fleetwood Mac hugging on stage in their old age.


The band formed in 1967 in London, when Peter Green had just left his previous band John Mayall and the Bluesbreakers. Peter had just replaced Eric Clapton and had asked drummer Mick Fleetwood if he would replace Ansley Dunbar. The Bluesbreakers now consisted of Mick, Peter, John McVie and Mayall. They recorded five songs, one of which was named after the instrumental section: “Fleetwood Mac”. After a while, Peter asked Mick to join a new band with him, which he wanted to name Fleetwood Mac, to entice the drummer. The new band’s first album was self-titled and made it to No. 4 on the top charts. “My mom always talked about how much she loved them back in the day, even before Stevie came along, she kind of passed that love on to me.”- Heather Crosler, music lover.

Fleetwood Mac’s most successful eras were during the late 1960s “British Blues Boom” when they were accompanied by guitarist Peter Green and achieved a UK number one on the top charts with their album Albatross. As well as the time in between 1975 and 1987 in which the music was almost more pop-orientated. The band also replaced a few members and included members Stevie Nicks, Christine McVie, who was married to John McVie, as well as Lindsey Buckingham.  In 1975, the new and improved band released the eponymous Fleetwood Mac. This album proved to be a huge turning point for the band and became a huge hit, reaching No. 1 on the Billboard’s top 100.


Younger Fleetwood Mac in the height of their fame.


In 1967, behind the scenes with the band weren’t so pretty. John and Christine’s marriage was at an end as well as the long- term relationship of Lindsey and Stevie, and even Mick was in the midst of a divorce with his wife. The pressure to release a new album was on, combined with the high tension of new found wealth, drug and alcohol abuse, and personal problems led the band to go on a creative roll and release the hit album Rumors. This album produced four top-10 hits in the US, as well as remaining at No. 1 for 31 weeks straight naming it one of the highest-selling albums of all-time!

I mean, as you can see, the band has gone through its rough patches as well as their successful ones. Their music is timeless, as you can probably guess by how much they are played by younger and older folks alike! I guess you can see why they have achieved so much and gained so much popularity over the years, becoming one of the most well- known artist ever. “I don’t even know what people used to listen to before groups like Fleetwood Mac, AC/DC or Pink Floyd. I guess it was disco…gross!” Curtis Kramer, 9th-grader at Woodstock.


Stevie Nicks giving the audience a show.





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