Fleetwood Mac has created an absolute classic with the album rumours. The band added guitarist Lindsey Buckingham and vocalist Stevie Nicks, the latter despite her interest in joining another band. The quintet have created an all-time classic album, and it’s one with a story as interesting as the music it contains. Forty-five years later, we can look back and see that Fleetwood Mac has accomplished a rare feat rumours‘ release in 1977, adding to the album’s impressive legacy.
It’s not obvious to hear rumours, but Fleetwood Mac started out as a band with deep blues influences. Her earliest works meet the roadhouse tunes of the Rolling Stones and the no-nonsense blues of Led Zeppelin. The band changed when Buckingham and Nicks joined the group in 1975, and The Mac created their magnum opus two short years later.
The Story Behind rumours – broken relationship and affairs within the band that almost broke the band up – is interesting, but it would be a footnote if it weren’t for the music.
rumours produced four Top 10 Billboard singles and the band’s only No. 1 song, “Dreams,” which Christine McVie found boring. “Don’t Stop” (No. 3), “You Make Loving Fun” (No. 9) and “Go Your Own Way” (No. 10) also charted.
Fleetwood Mac’s eleventh studio album rumours was the band’s biggest hit, reaching a very rare feat in 1977.
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There aren’t many years in rock ‘n’ roll history like 1977. Besides rumoursAlbums like The Clash’s self-titled debut, Steely Dan’s AyeDavid Bowie heroesand Pink Floyd’s Animals hit the shelves.
Even with some all-time classics, Fleetwood Mac has pulled off a rare feat rumours (and neither of them were for almost thanking their drug dealer in the liner notes).
rumours was one of only seven albums to reach #1 on the Billboard 200 album chart in 1977. Stevie Wonder’s Songs in the key of lifeWing’ Wings over Americathe A Star Is Born Soundtrackthe Eagles Hotel California, Barry Manilow Liveand Linda Ronstadts Simple Dreams were the only other No. 1 records in 1977.
Making it to the top was impressive, but even more stunning was the album’s longevity at #1. rumours spent 29 weeks at the top of the Billboard 200 chart in 1977, including 19 consecutive weeks from late July through late November. Fleetwood Mac sat in 1st place rumours for another eight-week stretch in early 1977. Only six other albums have ever spent more consecutive weeks at No. 1, per Billboard. If you take audio tracks out of the mix, rumours would be second on the list.
Everything said, rumours spent 31 weeks at the top of the Billboard 200 and stayed on the chart for an incredible 497 weeks.
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It didn’t take long for listeners to fall in love with Fleetwood Mac’s formative album. rumours achieved gold status from the Recording Industry Association of America less than two weeks from its February 4, 1977 release date. It went platinum just over a month after hitting shelves.
The album’s soap opera-like backstory keeps adding new chapters.
McVie thought “Dreams” was a boring song, but it took Nicks just 10 minutes to write Fleetwood Mac’s only No. 1 single. That was a high point for Stevie Nicks, but she had a low blow rumours. Years after the album hit shelves, fans learned that she had dropped another of her tunes from the album at the last minute.
Fleetwood Mac has accomplished a rare feat rumoursand no amount of controversy or drama surrounding the album will ever take that away from us.
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