A 1970’s Time Capsule
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Initially formed in London in 1967, Fleetwood Mac, the British-American rock band have sold more than 100 million records worldwide, making them one of the best-selling bands of all time. One of the bands most successful periods was from 1975 to 1987. I had no idea that Fleetwood Mac had so many transitions in its members over its history. The Fleetwood Mac that I am familiar with is the members that existed during this period from the mid 1970s. At that time, the band was more pop-oriented and featured Mick Fleetwood, John and Christine McVie, Lindsey Buckingham and Stevie Nicks.
It was this line of members that produced the album Rumours in 1977. With four U.S. Top 10 singles (including Stevie Nicks’ song “Dreams”), this album remained at No. 1 on the American albums chart for 31 weeks, as well as reaching the top spot in various countries around the world. To date, the album has sold over 40 million copies worldwide, making it the eighth-highest-selling album of all time.
Though the band would continue to have transitions with members leaving and returning up through the present day, the Fleetwood Mac of the 1970s will forever have a lasting effect on the history of music.
The following lists are from https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Fleetwood_Mac
- Current members
- Mick Fleetwood – drums, percussion (1967–95, 1997–present)
- John McVie – bass guitar (1967–95, 1997–present)
- Christine McVie – keyboards, vocals (1970–95, 1997–98, 2014–present)
- Lindsey Buckingham – guitars, vocals, keyboards (1974–87, 1993, 1997–present)
- Stevie Nicks – vocals, tambourine (1974–91, 1993, 1997–present)
- Former members
- Peter Green – guitars, vocals, harmonica (1967–70, 1971)
- Jeremy Spencer – guitars, vocals, piano (1967–71)
- Bob Brunning – bass guitar (1967; died 2011)
- Danny Kirwan – guitars, vocals (1968–72)
- Bob Welch – guitars, vocals (1971–74; died 2012)
- Bob Weston – guitars (1972–73; died 2012)
- Dave Walker – vocals, harmonica (1972–73)
- Billy Burnette – guitars, vocals (1987–93, 1994–95)
- Rick Vito – guitars, vocals (1987–91)
- Bekka Bramlett – vocals, tambourine (1993–95)
- Dave Mason – guitars, vocals (1993–95)
- Fleetwood Mac (1968)
- Mr. Wonderful (1968)
- Then Play On (1969)
- Kiln House (1970)
- Future Games (1971)
- Bare Trees (1972)
- Penguin (1973)
- Mystery to Me (1973)
- Heroes Are Hard to Find (1974)
- Fleetwood Mac (1975)
- Rumours (1977)
- Tusk (1979)
- Mirage (1982)
- Tango in the Night (1987)
- Behind the Mask (1990)
- Time (1995)
- Say You Will (2003)
A to Z on the Music Charts
50 Ways to Leave Your Lover reached number 1 on Billboard Hot 100 on February 7, 1976 and stayed there for three weeks.
A to Z At the Movies
A heavily-nominated film (with eight nominations) and winner of multiple-Academy Awards taking accolades in five categories, The French Connection was a very successful film of 1971. Best Director (William Friedkin), Best Actor (Hackman with his first Oscar), Best Adapted Screenplay (Ernest Tidyman), Best Editing (Jerry Greenberg), and Best Picture. The three other nominations included: Best Supporting Actor (Roy Scheider), Best Cinematography (Owen Roizman), and Best Sound.