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Fleetwood Mac was formed in London in 1967 by Peter Green, who had been playing in the blues band John Mayall & the Bluesbreakers. He named the band in an attempt to entice Mick Fleetwood and John McVie to join him. While Fleetwood joined right away, McVie did not join for several weeks, and by then the band had started playing. Later, Jeremy Spencer, Christine Perfect, and Danny Kirwan joined up, and the earliest iteration of Fleetwood Mac was completed.
The early years for Fleetwood Mac were spent on blues genre albums. Their first album, the self-titled Fleetwood Mac, was quite popular in the UK and reached number 4. The next two albums, Mr. Wonderful and Then Play On, were almost as successful, reaching number 10 and number 6, respectively. They also released "Black Magic Woman" during this time, which later became better known under its Santana cover. With new band member Danny Kirwan, the band went to the United States for the first time in 1969, where they recorded songs with several legendary blues players, including Buddy Guy. It was during this time that Fleetwood started to move away from a pure blues sound and into more of a rock sound. In May 1970, Pete Green left the band after his mental health deteriorated due to taking LSD.
The early 1970s saw Fleetwood Mac move toward the more mainstream rock sound that was prominent during the decade, especially with the release of 1970's Kiln House, 1971's Future Games, 1973's Mystery to Me, and 1974's Heroes are Hard to Find. The first half of the decade was a particularly tumultuous one for the band, with Jeremy Spencer suddenly leaving to join a religious group, the "Children of God," Danny Kirwan being fired for alcohol abuse, marital strains between band members and their spouses, and a band producer attempting to claim the Fleetwood Mac name as his own, resulting in a year of legal entanglements. During this time, the band added guitarist Bob Weston and vocalist Dave Walker, and replaced a departing Bob Welch with Lindsey Buckingham and Stevie Nicks.
The band finally found mainstream success with the 1975 release of a second self-titled album. The album became the band's first number one album in any country and their first multiplatinum album. This newfound success was repeated two years later with the release of Rumours, which has become their best selling album thus far. The next two albums, Tusk and Mirage, were not as successful as Rumours, despite an 18-month promotional tour that saw them visit the U.S., Australia, New Zealand, Japan, France, Belgium, Germany, the Netherlands, and the U.K. The tour also included a portion paired with Bob Marley. However, the albums still reached number 4 and number 1 respectively, and both reached double-platinum status.
The release of Tango in the Night in 1987 marked Fleetwood Mac's best-selling album since Rumours and ranked 3x platinum in the U.S. and 8x platinum in the U.K. The decade following Tango was one of limited success for the band, with the two albums released either failing to chart very high in the U.S. (although 1990's Behind the Mask briefly reached number one in the U.K.) or not charting at all (as in the case of 1995's Time). The band's fortunes started to turn again for the better with the release of the 1997 live album The Dance, which reached number 1 in the U.S. and reached 5x platinum status. The band also saw a modest success with 2003's Say You Will.