Three members of John Mayall’s Bluesbreakers formed one of the longest lasting and most successful bands that originated in Britain in the late ‘60s. Peter Green, Mick Fleetwood and John McVie were joined by slide guitarist Jeremy Spencer, and between 1967 and 1970, they released six studio albums. Between 1970 and 1974, the band added McVie’s wife, Christine, as vocalist-songwriter-keyboardist and Danny Kirwan as a third guitarist. After founder Peter Green left in 1971, the band went through a succession of vocalists; Bob Weston, Bob Welch, and Dave Walker. Six more albums came during these four years. The turning point for the band came in 1975 when John McVie recruited Lindsey Buckingham, and his girlfriend and singing partner, Stevie Nicks. The band’s very first album (Fleetwood Mac) with the lineup of Nicks, Buckingham, the McVies and Fleetwood finally launched the group to superstar status.
Altogether, the band has had 15 different personnel lineups and has weathered the romances and subsequent breakups of Buckingham and Nicks, and the McVies. The band has released a total of 42 albums, including studio, live, and compilation albums. Of the 45 singles that came from those albums, 34 charted in both the US and UK.
Fleetwood Mac was inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame in 1998. In 2003, the lineup of Nicks, Buckingham, Fleetwood and John McVie released Say You Will, and last toured in 2004, spawning that year Live in Boston.