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December 7, 2022

40 Amazing Vintage Photographs of Fleetwood Mac in the 1970s

Fleetwood Mac was first formed in 1967 after Peter Green left the blues band John Mayall & the Bluesbreakers. He had been in two bands in the past with Mick Fleetwood and decided to form a new band with Mick Fleetwood, John McVie and John Mayall, they recorded five songs together before Green suggested forming the band Fleetwood Mac, which they named to encourage McVie to play bassist however he refused so they teamed up with Jeremy Spencer and Bob Brunning. However Bob Brunning was only with the band for a short time until John McVie joined. The band released a self-titled debut album in 1968. The album reached number four on the UK charts.

The band released their second album Mr.Wonderful the following year. Following the release of their second album the band added the guitarist, Danny Kirwan to their line-up. Shortly after the band released their first number one single in the UK, “Albatross.” The band came out with a compilation album English Rose and followed up with another compilation album titled The Pious Bird Of Good Omen.

The band began touring the US in 1969 and recorded a Blues album along the way. Shortly after they signed with Immediate Records and released the hit single “Man of the World.” They also recorded the song “Somebody’s Gonna Get Their Head Kicked In Tonite.” The band went look for a new record deal and eventually settled on Warner Bros. Records. The band released their third album Then Play On in 1969. By 1970 Peter Green was dabbling in LSD and had a bad acid trip, he was never the same again and his mental stability quickly deteriorated.

The band released their fourth album Kiln House in 1970. The band released the single “Dragonfly” with Christine Perfect now in the band. The band released their fifth compilation album The Original Fleetwood Mac which included a number of previously unreleased songs. In 1971 Jeremy Spencer said he was going to get a magazine in 1971 and never returned. He joined a religious group and did not come back to the bad. The band asked Peter Green to step in to replace Jeremy Spencer.

In 1971 the band began auditioning for a new guitarist. They ended up choosing Bob Welch who played with the band on their fifth album Future Games. The band released their sixth studio album Bare Trees six months later. By 1972 Danny Kirwan developed an alcohol dependency and he was fired after an incident where he smashed a guitar and refused to go onstage. The line-up changed regularly for a period of time whilst the band was developing their seventh studio album Penguin.

The band’s eight album was released six months later, titled Mystery to Me the album contained the track “Hypnotized” which received a lot of airplay on the radio. Around this time personal issues within the band where starting to emerge, including the breakdown of McVies marriage because of McVie’s alcohol abuse. Whilst touring in 1973, Weston had an affair with Fleetwood’s wife.  When it was discovered Fleetwood couldn’t continue on with the tour and Weston was fired. The tour was cancelled and some of the team were told that the band was splitting up. The band was legally obligated to tour and their manager Clifford Davis was facing potential multi-million dollar lawsuits. In desperation Davis asked a number of other musicians to tour under the name Fleetwood Mac. Fans enjoyed the tour at first until it was discovered that the band wasn’t the real Fleetwood Mac, the lawsuits over the ownership of the band’s name then kept the band out of the studio for almost a year.

In 1974 the band signed a new contract with Warner Bros. and released their ninth studio album Heroes Are Hard To Find. For a short period of time Bob Wlech joined the band but he did not prove to be a long term addition. After he left the band they began looking for a replacement member. During their search, Keith Olsen played Fleetwood a track by Lindsey Buckingam who Fleetwood was introduced to. He asked him to join and Buckingham agreed on the condition that his girlfriend Stevie Nicks would also join.

In 1975 the band released their tenth studio album, which reached number one in the US. In 1976 the band was suffering from the personal issues of its members due to the end of John and Christine’s marriage and the breakdown of Buckingham and Nick’s relationship. Fleetwood was also divorcing his wife, Jenny. The group were under pressure to release a new album and were suffering from drug and alcohol related issues.

The band released their eleventh studio album Rumours in 1977 the album was a success and won a Grammy Award for album of the year. The album sold more than 40 million copies around the world and was certified diamond. The album is one of the world’s best-selling albums and was promoted by a popular worldwide tour.

The bands next album Tusk was more experimental. The album was released in 1979, and only sold four million copies worldwide which was blamed on the album being played in its entirety on the radio which allowed for it to be taped at home. The band went on an 11 month worldwide tour to promote the album and recorded music for a live album during the tour.












































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