Fleetwood Mac: Bio, Life, Career, Awards, Facts, Trivia, Favorites

Fleetwood Mac: A Quick-Read Bio Revealed

Here’s the bio, life, career, awards, facts, trivia, and favorites of Fleetwood Mac. We would like to take you through the chapters in the life and career of one of the world’s talented musicians. This is Australian Unwrapped’s compilation of research about Fleetwood Mac. Enjoy the journey!

Origin: London, England

Genres: Rock – Pop rock – Folk rock – Soft rock – Blues rock – Art pop – British blues

Members: Peter Green – Mick Fleetwood – Jeremy Spencer

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Early Start

  • As a result of Peter Green’s departure from John Mayall & the Bluesbreakers in July 1967, Fleetwood Mac was formed. Green had previously replaced Eric Clapton as guitarist of the Bluesbreakers and received critical acclaim for the band’s album A Hard Road.
  • When Aynsley Dunbar left the Bluesbreakers to join the new Jeff Beck/Rod Stewart band, Green suggested Fleetwood as a replacement for Dunbar. Fleetwood had been in the two bands with Mick Fleetwood, Peter B’s Looners and Shotgun Express (which featured a young Rod Stewart on vocals).



Career Journey

  • 1968: Fleetwood Mac’s self-titled debut album was a blues rock album and was released by the Blue Horizon label in February
  • 1969: The group launched English Rose, a compilation album featuring half of Mr Wonderful and new songs by Kirwan
  • 1970: “The Green Manalishi (With the Two-Prong Crown)” was Green’s last hit with Fleetwood Mac where it was recorded at Warner-Reprise’s studios in Hollywood on the band’s third US tour , a few weeks before Green left the band.
  • 1971: The band released their fifth studio album, Future Games.
  • 1972: The band released their sixth studio album, Bare Trees which songs were composed by Kirwan, and also housed the Welch-penned single “Sentimental Lady”.
  • 1974: The ‘New Fleetwood Mac’ tour began at the Syria Mosque in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, and was initially triumphant.
  • 1975: The new line-up released another self-titled album, their tenth studio album which was a worldwide breakthrough for the band and became an international hit, reaching topping charts in the US that spawned the hit singles from this album were Christine McVie’s “Over My Head” and “Say You Love Me” and Stevie Nicks’s “Rhiannon”, as well as the much-played album track “Landslide”.
  • 1976: The band was struggling with personal stress because of the end of John and Christine McVie’s marriage, as well as Buckingham and Nicks’s long-term romantic relationship.
  • 1979: Fleetwood Mac received a star at 6608 Hollywood Boulevard for their contribution to the music industry.
  • 1982: The band’s thirteenth studio album, Mirage, was released
  • 1984: Nicks launched two more solo albums (1983’s The Wild Heart and 1985’s Rock a Little). Buckingham issued Go Insane
  • 1988: The band publicized Greatest Hits album after the success of Tango in the Night.
  • 1990: Fleetwood Mac released their fifteenth studio album, Behind the Mask.
  • 1992: Fleetwood released the four-disc box set 25 Years – The Chain, a compilation of highlights from the group’s 25-year career
  • 1995: Their sixteenth studio album, Time, which was not a success, came out.
  • 1997: A live concert by Fleetwood Mac was performed on the Warner Bros. soundstage in Burbank, California,
  • 1998: Christine McVie left the band leaving Buckingham and Nicks to sing all the lead vocals for the band’s seventeenth album, Say You Will.
  • 2009: Their “Unleashed” tour started again without Christine McVie which was a greatest hits show that performed singles like “Storms” and “I Know I’m Not Wrong”.
  • 2011: Glee broadcast an episode entitled “Rumours” featuring six songs from the band’s 1977 album.
  • 2017: Buckingham and Christine McVie launched a new album entitled Lindsey Buckingham/Christine McVie, which was preceded by the single “In My World”.
  • 2020: Neil Finn, housing Nicks and McVie, together with Campbell on guitar, released the song “Find Your Way Back Home”.



Awards & Recognition

  • American Music Awards (3 awards out of 7 nominations)
  • won Brit Awards
  • Grammy Awards (1 awards out of 6 nominations)
  • Juno Awards (1award and 1 nomination)



Fun Facts & Trivia

  • The name Fleetwood Mac came from the suggestion of the original guitarist and singer Peter Green which was the combination of the names of the original drummer and bassist: Mick Fleetwood and John McVie
  • They’ve used the same album in two different years, 1968 and 1975.
  • Humming the tune of “Chariots of Fire” movie theme was their musical clue that it’s time for coccaine.



Australian Unwrapped’s Chosen Song from Fleetwood Mac:

The Chain – 2004 Remaster

Length: 4:30

Release: 1977

Opening Lyrics:

Listen to the wind blow, watch the sun rise
Running in the shadows, damn your love, damn your lies
And if, you don’t love me now
You will never love me again
I can still hear you saying
You would never break the chain (Never break the chain)
And if you don’t love me now
You will never love me again
I can still hear you saying
You would never break the chain (Never break the chain)
Listen to the wind blow, down comes the night
Running in the shadows, damn your love, damn your lies
Break the silence, damn the dark, damn the light

More Songs to Listen to:

Fleetwood Mac: Top 5 Songs



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