Fleetwood Mac

  • Real Name: Peter Greenbaum (Green)
  • Birth Date: 29th October 1946
  • Birth Place: London
  • Mick Fleetwood
  • 24th June 1947
  • London
  • Jeremy Spencer
  • 4th July 1948
  • Hartlepool
  • John McVie
  • 26th November 1945
  • London
  • If it's possible for a band to have a 'persona' then Fleetwood Mac had at least three. They began as a British Blues band and their stage act of the late 1960s corresponds with this view of them. However, their early hit singles deviated from what they normally played live and gave a different impression. Then, by the mid-1970s, they had transformed themselves into an American progressive rock band.

    The original band were heavily influenced by Elmore James blues style, but they were also adventurous musicians and capable composers. Peter Green was an inventive leader and produced several original pieces, the best known of which was 'Albatross' a haunting instrumental contrasting their traditional stage material and, maybe unwittingly, highly commercial. That record, and to a lesser extent its follow up 'Man Of The World' did much to establish the group internationally. However, the band did not lose its adherance to traditional blues for some years. Peter Green left the group at the end of the 1960s at the height of its success. Although the group continued to make progress in America, interest in them waned in Britain following the departure of Green.

    Various line-up changes took place during the 1970s, even seeing the return of Green for a brief period. However, with an increasingly American influence the group relied heavily on developing its progressive rock style, which probably explains its longevity.

    1950s & 1960s 45rpm UK Discography

    • Listings include UK 45 singles releases only
    • Collector's Items are shown In Red

    Blue Horizon 57-3051 1967 I Believe My Time Ain't Long/ Rambling Pony  
    Blue Horizon 57-3138 1968 Black Magic Woman/ The Sun Is Shining #37
    Blue Horizon 57-3139 1968 Need Your Love So Bad/ Stop Messin' Around #31
    Blue Horizon 57-3145 1968 Albatross/ Jigsaw Puzzle Blues #1
    Blue Horizon 57-3157 1969 Need Your Love So Bad/ No Place To Go #32
    Immediate IM080 1969 Man Of The World #2
    Reprise RS27000 1969 Oh Well Pt. 1/ Pt. 2 #2
    CBS 3051 1969 I Believe My Time Ain't Long/ Rambling Pony #1

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