Fleetwood Mac is a rock band that first formed in 1967 in London. It is one of the best-selling bands in history with over 100 million records sold worldwide. The band’s personnel and music have changed over the years, covering three distinct periods. Having overcome personal issues to achieve musical success , many of the band members have received honors.
Peter Green started Fleetwood Mac when he left the British band John Mayall and the Blues Breakers. Green’s new band debuted in August 1967 at the Windsor Jazz and Blues Festival. At this time, Fleetwood Mac was primarily a blues band.
The transitional years ran from 1970 to1974. During this period, Peter Green left the band due to health reasons, and guitarist Bob Welch replaced Green. The band added vocalist Christine McVie, who was married to bassist John McVie. During the early 1970s, Fleetwood Mac’s sound evolved from blues to rock. The band also shifted its base from England to Los Angeles in 1974.
In 1975, Fleetwood Mac’s band members were Mick Fleetwood, John McVie, Lindsey Buckingham, Christine McVie and Stevie Nicks. This lineup led to the band’s greatest commercial success between 1975 and 1987. "Rumours," "Mirage" and "Tango in the Night" were top-selling albums during this period.
It was also during this time that the band members experienced a number of personal problems. Christine and John McVie divorced, Buckingham broke up with his girlfriend Stevie Nicks, Mick Fleetwood filed for bankruptcy and several band members sought help dealing with addiction problems.
Members of Fleetwood Mac were inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame in 1998. They have reunited to record and tour several times.