Happy birthday Mick Fleetwood!

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Mick Fleetwood (June 24, 1947) is a British musician and actor who co-founded Fleetwood Mac, along with bassist John McVie and guitarist Peter Green. Fleetwood is the band's drummer and the only member to remain in the band throughout many different lineups. In 1974, Fleetwood invited Lindsey Buckingham and Stevie Nicks to join the group, forming the most well-known iteration of the band.

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Michael John Kells Fleetwood was born in Redruth, Cornwall to Joseph and Bridget Fleetwood. Mick spent his childhood in Egypt and then Norway, where he learned Norwegian. At age 15, Fleetwood dropped out of school and soon moved to London to become a drummer.

In London, Mick joined a few bands before Fleetwood Mac, including Shotgun Express, which included Rod Stewart, and John Mayall & The Bluesbreakers, but was dismissed from the latter for repeatedly showing up drunk to performances. Then, singer and guitarist Peter Green invited Fleetwood to join his band with John McVie, a bassist.

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The band established itself as a seminal blues and rock and roll group, whose most popular singles include "Albatross", "Dreams", "Go Your Own Way" and "Black Magic Woman". The band's 1977 album Rumours was their most popular and is currently the eighth highest selling album of all time.

 

Despite incredible critical and commercial success, the band struggled because of substance abuse as well as romantic conflicts. Nicks and Buckingham were romantically involved during the making of Fleetwood Mac and dealing with the aftermath during Rumours. Later, Nicks and Fleetwood began an affair while Fleetwood was married to Jenny Boyd. After they broke up, Fleetwood left his wife for Nicks' best friend Sara Recor.

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Fleetwood's solo career began in 1981, with his album The Visitor. This was followed by I'm Not Me (with Fleetwood Zoo), Shaking the Cage (1991), and Something Big (2004) with The Mick Fleetwood Band, and other subsequent projects.

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Fleetwood is also a television and film actor and has appeared in The Running Man and as a guest alien in Star Trek: The Next Generation.

 

 

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  • Birthday Date: Tuesday, 24 June 2014
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