The original members of Fleetwood Mac played together in John Mayall's Bluesbreakers, and took their name from an unrecorded track by this outfit.
The idea for the band came from Peter Green, who played guitar, and Mick Fleetwood, who played the drums. Together, they recruited Jeremy Spencer and John McVie, who had also been in the Bluesbreakers.
In 1968, they recorded their blues material in two albums: 'Peter Green's Fleetwood Mac' and 'Mr. Wonderful'. The singles 'Black Magic Woman' and 'Need Your Love So Bad' were both early hits.
With the addition of a third guitarist, Danny Kirwan, they recorded the number one hit records 'Albatross' and 'Man Of The World', which got to number two. Albums made at this time were 'Then Play On' and 'Kiln House'.
In the early Seventies, Peter Green left the band to pursue a solo career, and he was replaced by Christine Perfect.
John McVie, Christine Perfect and Mick Fleetwood subsequently moved to America and met the duo Lindsay Buckingham and Stevie Nicks. The band had a new lease of life with these new members, losing their blues emphasis, and they found success quickly with the 1975 album 'Fleetwood Mac'.
Their second album in this incarnation, 'Rumours' in 1976, gave the band two hit singles in Britain and four in the US.
In the early Eighties, various members of the band released their own solo material and, as a band, they released 'Mirage' in 1982. 'Tango In The Night' was released in 1987, which was highly regarded, and included the hit single 'Big Love'.
After that album, various members of the band left, but they all regrouped to play live on their twentieth anniversary.