Christine McVie was born.
John McVie was born.
Peter Green was born.
Mick Fleetwood was born.
Stevie Nicks was born.
Jeremy Spencer was born.
Lindsey Buckingham was born.
Danny Kirwan is born.
Peter Green, John McVie and Mick Fleetwood form Fleetwood Mac after leaving John Mayall’s Bluesbreakers. The blues-based quartet is rounded out by guitarist Jeremy Spencer.
Fleetwood Mac’s self-titled debut album is released in Britain. It is followed by ‘Mr. Wonderful’ in September.
‘Then Play On’, the last album by Fleetwood Mac in its Peter Green-led lineup, hits #6 in the U.K. and #109 in the U.S.
Peter Green leaves Fleetwood Mac in Germany during a tour. He is not replaced.
Christine McVie officially joins Fleetwood Mac on keyboards and vocals. The wife of bassist John McVie had already guested on ‘Kiln House’ and painted that album’s cover.
Founding member Jeremy Spencer leaves Fleetwood Mac and disappears with a Christian cult group while on tour in Los Angeles.
Bob Welch joins Fleetwood Mac, contributing guitar, vocals and songwriting. The group rebounds with two exquisite albums released in relatively quick succession
‘Heroes Are Hard to Find’ is released. Reaching #34, it is the highest-charting Fleetwood Mac album to date—and the last of five featuring Bob Welch.
‘Fleetwood Mac’, the album that begins a new chapter with the addition of Lindsey Buckingham and Stevie Nicks, is released.
‘Fleetwood Mac’ peaks at #1, setting a record for the longest time between an album’s release and its topping the charts. Three singles drawn from the album mark Fleetwood Mac’s debut in the U.S. Top Forty
‘Rumours’, by Fleetwood Mac, destined to become the fifth best-selling album in music history, is released.
‘Rumours’ tops the Billboard album chart for the first of 31 weeks. Ultimately, it will chart in the U.S. for 134 weeks and in the U.K. for 443 weeks—the second longest tenure in U.K. history and more than the rest of Fleetwood Mac’s catalog put together.
‘Rumours’ wins Album of the Year at the 20th annual Grammy Awards.
‘Tusk’ an adventurous double album, is released. The title track, which features the University of Southern California Trojan Marching Band, hits #8, while the Nicks-penned “Sara” reaches #7.
Pete Townshend, Stevie Nicks, Mick Jagger, Adam Ant, Pat Benatar, the Police and David Bowie kick off the “I Want My MTV” advertising campaign.
‘Mirage’ becomes the third #1 album of the Buckingham-Nicks era of Fleetwood Mac. Their first studio album since 1979, it yields three hit singles
The various members come together to record an Elvis Presley song, “Can’t Help Falling in Love,” for the film ‘A Fine Mess’. This testing of the waters leads to sessions for a new Fleetwood Mac album.
‘Tango in the Night’, the final studio album from Fleetwood Mac in the classic incarnation that cut Rumours, is released. It reaches #7 and gives rise to four Top Forty singles
‘Behind the Mask’, which finds Lindsey Buckingham replaced with Rick Vito and Billy Burnette, reaches #33 in the U.S. A month earlier, it entered the U.K. chart at #1.
The reunited quintet, Fleetwood Mac including Buckingham, performs “Don’t Stop” at President Clinton’s Inaugural Gala.
Fleetwood Mac’s 37-city reunion tour—which follows the release of their #1 album ‘The Dance’, a live-in-the-studio retrospective— commences in Hartford, Connecticut.
Fleetwood Mac is inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame at the thirteenth annual induction dinner. Sheryl Crow is their presenter.
‘Rumours’, by Fleetwood Mac, is certified by the RIAA for sales of 18 million copies.