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7 August 1970: singer Christine McVie joins Fleetwood Mac

Fleetwood Mac is an Anglo-American rock band, which has enjoyed great success all over the world, selling more than 100 million albums. In 1998 they were introduced into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame.
The group takes its first steps in England in the second half of the sixties as a British blues group. Born when drummer Mick Fleetwood, bassist John McVie and guitarist Peter Green leave John Mayall's Bluesbreakers and join guitarist Jeremy Spencer. The name Fleetwood Mac is coined by Peter Green, merging the surnames of bassist John and drummer Mick.
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The first works focus on a typically British-style blues rock; among the most significant pieces of the period stand out Man of the World, Albatross and Black Magic Woman, the latter brought to success two years later by Carlos Santana. It is very important the producer Mike Vernon who with his record company Blue Horizon let the Peter Green's Fleetwood Mac record the first albums, Fleetwood Mac and Mr. Wonderful of 1968, and the third Then Play On of 1969, where you can foresee the sounds that will characterize the group in the years to come.
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In 1969 Peter Green left the group and began a succession of new musicians, including Danny Kirwan, Bob Welch, Bob Weston and especially Christine McVie, already present in Kiln House, even if not accredited, which enters the band on August 7 1970.
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Albums like Future Games in 1971, Bare Trees in 1972, Penguin in 1973, Mystery to Me in 1973 and Heroes Are Hard to Find in 1974 did not receive the hoped commercial success.
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The breakthrough came in 1975, when, once again without a guitarist, Mick Fleetwood asked a young American musician, Lindsey Buckingham, to join the group. He, at the time, played in a duo with then-partner Stevie Nicks; the two had also published, with little success, the album Buckingham-Nicks, which contained material resumed after by Fleetwood Mac. Buckingham poses as a condition that Stevie also enters the group. Fleetwood Mac accept and the result is the 1975 eponymous album Fleetwood Mac.
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The album is a great success, thanks also to the singles Over My Head, Rhiannon and Say You Love Me. In particular these songs bring out the artistic talent of the two new entries in the group. Fleetwood Mac thus inaugurate a new phase, no longer characterized by the blues-rock of the late 60s, but by what was usually called "mainstream Rock", that is halfway between hard and very slow music.
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The most successful record is the following Rumors (1977) which sells over forty million copies worldwide and which contains, among others, the hits Dreams, (which reached the peak of the American charts), Go Your Own Way, The Chain and Do not Stop. Other albums that have great popularity are 1979 Tusk, 1982 Mirage and especially 1987 Tango in the Night, the latter containing the famous singles Big Love, Seven Wonders and Little Lies.
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In 1987 Buckingham left the group even if, curiously, he participated as a guest on the following two albums playing the acoustic guitar in the title track Behind the Mask and singing as an added voice in Time's Nothing Without You.
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Many musicians, including guitarists and singers Billy Burnette, Rick Vito and Dave Mason and singer Bekka Bramlett, take turns in the group. The formation with Vito and Burnette produces an album, Behind the Mask (1990), while Time (1995) sees the entry of Mason and Bramlett in place of Rick Vito and Stevie Nicks. The return of Lindsey Buckingham takes place in 1997, with the live album The Dance, which participates in the same successful formation of the years from Rumors to Tango in the Night. In 1998, Christine McVie, one of the group's main members since 1970, leaves training, leaving the core of the Fleetwood Mac comprised of Mick Fleetwood, John McVie, Lindsey Buckingham and Stevie Nicks.
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The Fleetwood Mac sink their artistic roots in the British blues school of John Mayall and have gone through several stylistic moments, in a metamorphosis that from the formation of English blues saw them change physiognomy and reach for various stages to group of pop music of great commercial success . This musical journey went through different styles often in conjunction with the change of members of the lineup. The protagonist of the first steps was guitarist Peter Green, coming from the Bluesbreakers, who with his electric guitar gave the group a blues rock imprint.
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Their trip to Chicago was essential for their maturation, where they had the opportunity to play jam together with Willie Dixon and Otis Spann, and to perform in concert alongside Led Zeppelin and legendary figures such as B.B. King and Chuck Berry. The abandonment of Peter Green corresponded to the steering to lighter sounds of soul pop type. With his entry into the lineup, Lindsey Buckingham provoked the sharpest turning point: he picked up the different forms of pop that preceded him by mixing it with his current styles - the new wave of punk and gothic rock, technological rock and roots rock, obtaining Rumors, a sophisticated consumer product, and continuing to move more and more in the direction of pop with some deviations in the hit parade sound.
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The Fleetwood Mac sink their artistic roots in the British blues school of John Mayall and have gone through several stylistic moments, in a metamorphosis that from the formation of English blues saw them change physiognomy and reach for various stages to group of pop music of great commercial success .
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This musical journey went through different styles often in conjunction with the change of members of the lineup. The protagonist of the first steps was guitarist Peter Green, coming from the Bluesbreakers, who with his electric guitar gave the group a blues rock imprint. Their trip to Chicago was essential for their maturation, where they had the opportunity to play jam together with Willie Dixon and Otis Spann, and to perform in concert alongside Led Zeppelin and legendary figures such as B.B. King and Chuck Berry.
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The abandonment of Peter Green corresponded to the steering to lighter sounds of soul pop type. With his entry into the lineup, Lindsey Buckingham provoked the sharpest turning point: he picked up the different forms of pop that preceded him by mixing it with his current styles - the new wave of punk and gothic rock, technological rock and roots rock, obtaining Rumors, a sophisticated consumer product, and continuing to move more and more in the direction of pop with some deviations in the hit parade sound.



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