Fleetwood Mac

Rock & Roll Hall of Famer

Category: Performer

Inducted in: 1998

Inducted by: Sheryl Crow

Nominated in: 1998

First Eligible: 1994 Ceremony

Inducted Members: Lindsey Buckingham, Mick Fleetwood, Peter Green, Danny Kirwan, John McVie, Christine McVie, Stevie Nicks and Jeremy Spencer

Snubbed Members: Bob Welch

Inducted into Rock Hall Revisited in 1997 (ranked #56) .

Essential Albums (?)WikipediaAmazon MP3Amazon CD
Then Play On (1969)
Mystery to Me (1973)
Fleetwood Mac (1975)
Rumours (1977)
Tusk (1979)

Essential Songs (?)WikipediaAmazon MP3YouTube
Hypnotized (1973)
Rhiannon (Will You Ever Win) (1975)
Landslide (1975)
Don't Stop (1977)
Go Your Own Way (1977)
Dreams (1977)
The Chain (1977)
Tusk (1979)
Gypsy (1982)
Little Lies (1987)

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25 comments so far (post your own)

Think President Clinton had anything to do with this?

Posted by Joe on Friday, 04.13.07 @ 21:00pm

Even though Fleetwood Mac was inducted, I still believe that Stevie Nicks has earned an induction as a solo artist. Her talents as a singer, songwriter, and performer are unique. Her ability to continue drawing in fans of all generations and backgrounds is amazing.

Posted by Deborah on Saturday, 07.7.07 @ 17:19pm

One song that I can think of where the vocals AND the guitar are equally haunting and emotional is "I'm So Afraid", off of the "Fleetwood Mac" album. Lindsey Buckingham really did a good job expressing himself both vocally and with his instrument.

Posted by Gitarzan on Sunday, 03.29.09 @ 10:12am

Lindsey Buckingham is the man. "Hold Me" credited to C. McVie is all Buckingham and one of Fleetwood Macs greatest tunes.

When will Buckingham get his due. The man is a musical genius.

Posted by Ron Rowan on Wednesday, 05.13.09 @ 09:31am

I agree, Lindsay Buckingham is the real genius behind Fleetwood Mac and that should be acknowledged. I don't know if his solo works earns him a solo induction, however. Maybe

Posted by Jonny on Wednesday, 05.13.09 @ 15:43pm

Lindsey has paid homage to Mac's two earlier guiding forces live in concert. I once heard a Mac concert from 1975, when Lindsey & Stevie first joined the band. Lindsey sang Bob Welch's "Hypnotized." Five years on the "Tusk" tour, which is documented on "Fleetwood Mac Live" Lindsey sang a version of Peter Green's "Oh Well" which received a considerable amount of airplay on classic rock stations.

Posted by Aaron O'Donnell on Wednesday, 05.13.09 @ 17:57pm

We all talk now about Nicks, Buckingham, the McVies etc.
What happened to Peter Green and his incredible songs like "Albatross", "Green Manalishi", "Black Magic Woman" and "Need your love so bad" ? Fleetwood Mac owes to him, regardless of they chose to be since the mid-70's.

Posted by Bessarabian Incubus on Thursday, 08.27.09 @ 07:30am

I believe Christine McVie's "Songbird" from "Rumours" was inspired by Minnie Riperton's "Lovin' You" which had birds in the background. "Songbird" would take on new meaning when Ms. Riperton died on July 12, 1979, Christine's 36th birthday.

Posted by Aaron O'Donnell on Monday, 09.14.09 @ 12:59pm

RIP, Bob Weston

Posted by Aaron O'Donnell on Friday, 01.6.12 @ 15:02pm

The only thing more ridiculous than this band having to wait five years for induction is the pettiness of the band in leaving out Bob Welch & Bob Weson. I'm surprised they deigned to allow Danny Kirwan to be inducted with them.

Posted by Skip on Friday, 01.20.12 @ 06:24am

RIP, Bob Welch

Posted by Aaron O'Donnell on Thursday, 06.7.12 @ 17:45pm

RIP, Bob Welch.

Posted by Tahvo Parvianen on Friday, 06.8.12 @ 03:57am

Former Fleetwood Mac Member Bob Welch Dead at 65
Guitarist committed suicide in his Nashville home

At least before he died, he was released from the hurt of thinking the reason he was snubbed at the R&RHoF induction of Fleetwood Mac was because he sued Mick Fleetwood. He was finally able to meet with Fleetwood Mac during their tour backing Say You Will and was told by Fleetwood that was not the case at all.

In a 2003 online question and answer session on the Fleetwood Mac fan site The Penguin, Welch revised his opinion of why he was snubbed by the Hall. He had recently attended a Fleetwood Mac show and visited the band members back stage after the show. The visit reconnected him with Mick Fleetwood, his ex-band mate and ex-manager, after being estranged for many years. (He had never been estranged from Lindsey Buckingham and Stevie Nicks, who were not party to the lawsuit.) By 2003, Welch believed that he had been snubbed by the Hall as the directors in New York, music industry insiders, did not like his style of music. However, he did believe that the lawsuit was a factor in his being blackballed, as it prevented him from getting in touch with Mick Fleetwood, whom he was not talking to at the time of the induction, who may have otherwise have used his influence to get Welch included with other members of the band. (Jerry Garcia had used his influence to get 12 members of the Grateful Dead inducted into the Hall, including some band mates whose contributions were considered marginal.) Welch said he had also communicated with Christine McVie but was still estranged from John.

Left out of the Rock Hall

Mark Evans of AC/DC
Bobby Nunn and Leon Hughes of the Coasters
Bob Welch of Fleetwood Mac

Original O'Jays member BILL ISLES was not inducted with the rest of the group into the RRHOF...despite the fact that he sang with the group for the first 7 years...and was on 6 of the group's early charting records, including the group's very first national chart hit,"LONELY DRIFTER" in 1963. However, original O'Jay BOBBY MASSEY,(who quit JUST before the group hit it big in 1972) DID get inducted...along with Sammy Strain , who was one of THE IMPERIALS ...and got inducted with BOTH groups.

Posted by Roy on Friday, 06.8.12 @ 06:53am

More. leaving ,,,!T makes you think , is rock dying also?
Send love to all that are gone an hope to all that live.
sha boom ,sha boom life is but a dream?

Posted by Happy on Friday, 06.8.12 @ 08:13am

Bob Welch was the first member of Fleetwood Mac to have top 40 hits, and he did it AFTER he left the Mac, whereas Lindsey Buckingham, Christine McVie and Stevie Nicks had solo hits while they were still members of Fleetwood Mac. Phil Collins was the first solo member of Genesis to crack the top 40 in 1981 with "I Missed Again." Peter Gabriel hit the Top 40 for the first time with "Shock The Monkey" in late '82/early '83. Mike Rutherford was next in 1986 with "Silent Running (On Dangerous Ground)" as a member of Mike & The Mechanics. Finally Steve Hackett had a Top 40 hit in mid '86 with "When the Heart Rules the Mind" as a member of GTR, a band that also included Yes/Asia guitarist Steve Howe. Collins' and Rutherford's hits came while they were still members of Genesis, whereas Gabriel's and Hackett's hits come AFTER they left Genesis. The aforementioned Steve Howe had two top 40 hits as a member of Yes with "Your Move" and "Roundabout," four top 40 hits with Asia: "Heat of The Moment," "Only Time Will Tell," "Don't Cry" and "The Smile Has Left Your Eyes" and the aforementioned GTR song. Carl Palmer had one top 40 hit as a member of ELP with "From The Beginning" and four top 40 hits with the aforementioned Asia songs.

Posted by Aaron O'Donnell on Sunday, 06.10.12 @ 02:39am

Homeward Bound- Simon & Garfunkel 1966
Homeward Bound- Fleetwood Mac 1972

Dreams- The Allman Brothers Band 1979
Dreams- Fleetwood Mac 1977
Dreams- Van Halen 1986
Dreams- The Cranberries 1993

Songbird- The Bee Gees 1975
Songbird- Fleetwood Mac 1977
Songbird- Barbra Streisand 1978
Songbird- Kenny G 1986

Sara- Bob Dylan 1975
Sara- Fleetwood Mac 1979
Sara- Starship 1985

Angel- Fleetwood Mac (Bob Welch) 1974
Angel- Fleetwood Mac (Stevie Nicks) 1979

Posted by Aaron O'Donnell on Thursday, 06.14.12 @ 00:19am

I meant 1969 for the ABB song

Posted by Aaron O'Donnell on Thursday, 06.14.12 @ 01:38am

Y’know, I absolutely LOVE how Sheryl Crow inducted Fleetwood Mac into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame, by emphasizing on ONLY Stevie Nicks’ talent, not Bob Welch, Peter Green, John or Christine Mcvie or any other band member since 1969. Never mind the legacy left behind by the original band members Sheryl, lets just focus and ramble on of your infatuation with Steve Nicks. How typical of not only Sheryl Crow but the Hall of Fame, for such a horrible induction.

Posted by A,R.V. on Tuesday, 06.19.12 @ 12:21pm

Lindsey Buckingham/Christine McVie/Stevie Nicks are nominated for the 2013 Songwriters Hall of Fame.

Posted by Roy on Saturday, 10.13.12 @ 20:59pm

Hi Mick, you guys are great and Bob Welch was a big part of your success. Your fans would appreciate your support in getting Bob inducted into the Hall of Fame. Bob's era with the band deserves recognition. Thanks for all of the years of great music!

Posted by cheryl on Saturday, 09.14.13 @ 08:15am

Just read that Christine McVie would like to rejoin Fleetwood Mac. She retired in 1998 & no one has ever thought she would want to go back (did not like the travel). She did play a one-off with band back in Sep & that seems to have given her the bug.

Would be soooo cool to see band with her (as they now rarely ever play her songs).

Posted by Paul in KY on Monday, 11.25.13 @ 10:11am

Saw them perform last weekend in St. Louis! (with Christine McVie) I went in thinking the show was going to be so-so, with all the hits. But boy, was I more than blown away. Every member put in more than their 100 percent in the show. They did pretty much every hit from their classic era (1976-87), and just about every song from 'Rumours'. Mick Fleetwood can still bang the drums and go crazy at the same time! Much of the attention was focused on Christine McVie, who 'retired' from the group 16 years back, but she was glad to be part of the band again. All 3 of the vocalists were great. Definitely one of the greatest concerts I've attended in a while!

I'm not go as far as saying I'm a Fleetwood Mac fan, but I know what makes them great and respectable in rock and roll. Their music still gets played on several radio stations because they fit into that category along with a few other groups from that era (the Eagles, Chicago, etc). The average person can at least name 5 songs from them, because their music is timeless. And let's not forget the struggles within the band, which arguably made them more successful at the same time. I do like all of their songs, even some off the panned 'Tusk' album. Heck I even like a few before the Buckingham/Nicks era.

Posted by Jason Voigt on Tuesday, 03.31.15 @ 20:58pm

Wow, Jason! Glad you got to see them. With Christie, too. Sure want to see them someday.

Hope to see you at Bonnaroo.

Posted by Paul in KY on Wednesday, 04.1.15 @ 07:48am

I would add Then Play On (1969) as an essential album for Fleetwood Mac. Also they have a few essential tunes from that era: Black Magic Woman, Albatross, Man Of The World, Oh Well and Green Manalishi.

Posted by Jani on Tuesday, 04.25.17 @ 04:42am

Fleetwood Mac gets a Special Collectors edition of Rolling Stone magazine.

Posted by Roy on Tuesday, 06.6.17 @ 05:44am

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