In February 2022 it will be 45 years since the release of one of the best-selling and most-loved albums of all time: Rumors by Fleetwood Mac. Its perfection is such that it has stood the test of time with flying colors, remaining popular and influential for generations to come.
As the band’s eleventh studio album (released on February 4, 1977), it was recorded in 1976, in a troubled period for all members of Fleetwood Mac. All the musicians’ love relationships were in chaos, but it got worse because they were married to each other (Lindsey Buckingham and Stevie Nicks, Christine and John McVie). The heavy use of drugs didn’t help and what started as a project to overcome the success of the 1975 album, became history.
The mix of folk, rock, and pop is one of the novelties that Rumors presented, which includes the classics Go Your Own Way, Dreams, Don’t Stop, Songbird and You Make Loving Fun. Only. All were among the top 10 in the United States, and the song that almost did not enter, Dreams, reached first place.
In just one month, over 10 million copies of Rumors were sold, turning the band and album into a phenomenon. Unsurprisingly, it won the Grammy for Album of the Year. It is estimated that to date it has sold over 40 million copies worldwide, making it one of the best-selling albums of all time. It is on Rolling Stone’s list of one of the top 10 albums in history.
The sincerity of the lyrics and melodies and the fact that everyone was not speaking to each other due to mutual betrayals make Rumors almost a rock legend, so much so that it inspired the book Daisy Jones and The Six (which will become a series in 2023).
Each worked on their songs individually (The Chain is the only collective result) and eventually shared ideas. For example, Dreams is the answer to Go Your Own Way. Stevie and Mike Fleetwood had an affair after she split from Lindsey and Mike was splitting from his wife, Patty Boyd. If Christine claimed that Songbird is a prayer without a specific inspiration, You Make Loving Fun is about the band’s lighting director, whom she fell in love with and left her husband, John. Never Going Back Again was written by Lindsey for a girlfriend after Stevie and talks about the illusion of hoping not to feel sadness again. Don’t Stop already brings an optimistic view of life. According to Christine, Lindsey helped her create the verses because they thought alike. Finally, the beautiful Oh Daddy was written by Christine about Mike returning to his wife Jenny. Band members called him “the Big Daddy” and the song’s lyrics, while romantic, also include sarcasm. And Gold Dust Woman is a song by Stevie about her cocaine addiction.
With the recent death of keyboardist Christine McVie, I couldn’t end the year without paying this tribute. A favorite of everyone who loves music and has never suffered from love.