A 1970’s Time Capsule


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Fleetwood Mac

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.

Cover of Rolling Stone Magazine. Fleetwood Mac 1977

Cover of Rolling Stone Magazine. Fleetwood Mac from 1977

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)


Studio albums

  • 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.

The French Connection, 1971

The French Connection, 1971


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14 responses

  1. tawnyalarie says:

    Great post! Great music!!!!


  2. tvonzalez says:

    Found you through a comment on the AtoZ website. I thought of doing a 70s theme, glad you did! I feature a number of Patterns of the Day from the 70s.
    Got you on my Feedly now ~
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  3. Al Penwasser says:

    Fleetwood Mac was one of my favorite groups during the mid to late 70s. Whenever I hear their music, it brings me back to a time when I reported to my first ship, had brown hair, and thought a successful Friday night was NOT being in bed (asleep) by nine.


  4. John Holton says:

    The Peter Green-era Fleetwood Mac was straight-ahead British blues-rock. I think they even recorded an EP at Chess Studios in Chicago. “Then Play On” moved more in a progressive direction (e. g. “Oh Well,” part 2); it was also Green’s last album with the group. “Rumours” was a big departure from those days…


    • I was really amazed at the member transitions. I knew the music but didn’t specifically follow everything about them so I was not familiar with all the former members.


      • John Holton says:

        Seems like a lot of bands, especially the ones from the Sixties and Seventies, changed personnel all the time. If you look at Wikipedia for some bands, they have a timeline that shows who was in the band when, and some of them have twenty or thirty members. Now, after forty years, you expect that, because members pass away or retire, but this was sometimes in the band’s heyday. Fleetwood Mac was that way; it’s surpising they’ve stayed together with the same lineup for so long, because there was a regular revolving door there for a while…

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  5. I love your theme! The 1970s seem like they were such a fun time for music and movies. And it’s interesting to see the bands you’ve picked, as well as the chart-toppers of the day. Thanks for sharing! 🙂


  6. sarahallanauthor says:

    Though it was a bit before my time, my dad always listened to lots of music from the 70s. Seemed like there was so much more variety than there is today. Either way, Fleetwood Mac is a good choice for F!


  7. Annette says:

    Love this band!