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Old 11-26-2016, 05:27 PM
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Default Happy Birthday John!

Happy Birthday John McVie
Birthday wishes today go to a man who might have had a career as a tax inspector, but instead played on some formative British blues records before becoming a member of a mega-million-selling band who are still with us. John McVie turns 71, born in Ealing, London on 26 November, 1945.

BluesbreakersThe softly-spoken bassist has never courted the limelight, rarely giving interviews, but has been a constant member of Fleetwood Mac, with Mick Fleetwood, since their formation around guitar genius Peter Green in 1967. Even by then, he could claim a place in the development of British blues as a force in its own right, and not just as a tribute to the American form.

BeanoAfter learning his trade with the Krewsaders, while holding down a day job in a tax office, McVie joined John Mayall's Bluesbreakers in time for their seminal ...With Eric Clapton LP, colloquially known as the 'Beano Album,' in 1966. He's pictured on the cover sitting next to Clapton as he peruses the famous British comic.

RumoursMcVie also played on the Bluesbreakers' follow-up albums A Hard Road and Crusade, helping to give British blues its highest profile and chart presence ever, before furthering that cause with the early Fleetwood Mac albums. Produced by Mike Vernon for his Blue Horizon label, their self-titled 1968 debut was further proof that British blues music could be excitingly authentic.

McVie and Fleetwood have stayed with the group through every stylistic turn and countless personnel changes since, from their hugely underrated albums of the first half of the 1970s to the record-breaking Rumours era and beyond. Now, with former wife Christine back in the fold and with John happily recovered from a bout with cancer, the band are said to be eyeing more live work in 2017, with further talk of a new album to accompany it.

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Old 11-26-2016, 05:41 PM
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Happy Birthday, John. The coolest, most laid back member of our favorite band!
and Stevie Nicks was starting to lumber along like a sod-packed wheelbarrow.
And I'm David, not Homer!(we all should be able to change our name, at least once)
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Old 11-26-2016, 07:47 PM
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Happy birthday to John, 100 more of these days.
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Old 11-27-2016, 06:35 AM
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Happy Birthday John
There would be no Mac without John McVie

I sure wish John would write a book. The stories he could tell about working with Clapton, Mick, Lindsey, Billy, Rick and Christine and everyone else. I love the part in Mick's first book where the band was rehearsing for the white album with Lindsey. Lindsey picked up a bass guitar and was telling John..."You should play something like this....." Lindsey was playing fast and funky. John had none of it and went off on Lindsey. How dare this new guy come here and tell me how to play.

I love to hear stories like this. The quiet ones always have the most to say.

Still I believe.....BACKSTABBING AND BETRAYAL will show us how
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