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Fleetwood Mac


1943

Christine McVie was born.

1945

John McVie was born.

1946

Peter Green was born.

1947

Mick Fleetwood was born.

1948

Stevie Nicks was born.

1948

Jeremy Spencer was born.

1949

Lindsey Buckingham was born.

1950

Danny Kirwan is born.

1967

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.

1968

Fleetwood Mac’s self-titled debut album is released in Britain. It is followed by ‘Mr. Wonderful’ in September.

1969

‘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.

1970

Peter Green leaves Fleetwood Mac in Germany during a tour. He is not replaced.

1970

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.

1971

Founding member Jeremy Spencer leaves Fleetwood Mac and disappears with a Christian cult group while on tour in Los Angeles.

1971

Bob Welch joins Fleetwood Mac, contributing guitar, vocals and songwriting. The group rebounds with two exquisite albums released in relatively quick succession

1974

‘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.

1975

‘Fleetwood Mac’, the album that begins a new chapter with the addition of Lindsey Buckingham and Stevie Nicks, is released.

1976

‘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

1977

‘Rumours’, by Fleetwood Mac, destined to become the fifth best-selling album in music history, is released.

1977

‘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.

1978

‘Rumours’ wins Album of the Year at the 20th annual Grammy Awards.

1979

‘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.

1982

Pete Townshend, Stevie Nicks, Mick Jagger, Adam Ant, Pat Benatar, the Police and David Bowie kick off the “I Want My MTV” advertising campaign.

1982

‘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

1985

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.

1987

‘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

1990

‘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.

1993

The reunited quintet, Fleetwood Mac including Buckingham, performs “Don’t Stop” at President Clinton’s Inaugural Gala.

1997

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.

1998

Fleetwood Mac is inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame at the thirteenth annual induction dinner. Sheryl Crow is their presenter.

1998

‘Rumours’, by Fleetwood Mac, is certified by the RIAA for sales of 18 million copies.

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