Happy Birthday Mick Fleetwood: Looking Back at ‘Fleetwood Mac’ Founder’s Iconic Career

by Chris Haney

Founding member of the legendary British-American rock band Fleetwood Mac, Mick Fleetwood, turns 74 years old today. The iconic musician celebrated his June 24th birthday on Thursday, and has too many career accolades to fully cover in one short article. So let’s join in on the birthday celebrations by revisiting a few highlights of his long and profound career.

Mick Fleetwood, Fleetwood Mac’s Creation, and the Band’s Early Years

In 1967, drummer Mick Fleetwood and bassist John McVie formed the original lineup of Fleetwood Mac. While the early version of the band found success across Europe, it never quite reached the global stage.

However, about seven years later the band welcomed one of rock’s leading ladies in vocalist Stevie Nicks. In addition, famed guitarist Lindsey Buckingham joined the band as well that year in 1974. One year later, Fleetwood Mac released their self-titled album and it changed everything for them. Worldwide success and fame followed soon after.

The self-titled album, which their fans often refer to as “The White Album,” included two of their biggest hits. Both songs were written by Nicks, and have been staples of each of Fleetwood Mac’s concerts for the last 45 years. The iconic singer wrote both songs during a period after the band relocated from England to California.

Both “Landslide” and “Rhiannon” are massive hits for the band, but shockingly they didn’t top the charts upon their release. “Landslide” only reached No. 51 on the U.S. Billboard Hot 100 chart. And “Rhiannon” peaked at No. 11 on the same chart.

Yet their follow-up in 1977 with Rumours catapulted them into rock legend status. It’s easily the most well-known Fleetwood Mac record with its famous black and white front cover photo of Mick Fleetwood and Stevie Nicks. Rumours was a success from the very beginning. The album topped the Billboard Hot 100 chart at No. 1 for 31 straight weeks. In addition, it won the Grammy for “Album of the Year” in 1978.

Inner turmoil, including all five band members’ romantic relationships gone bad, and heavy drug use plagued the band throughout their time together in the ’70s. But somehow the band collectively pushed through to create some of the most important music that would go on to define the era.

Fleetwood Mac Drummer’s Feel-Good Story During the COVID-19 Pandemic

Mick Fleetwood has always been a constant in the prolific band. While Fleetwood Mac hasn’t come out with much new material in recent decades, the band still tours frequently. But like most bands across the world, the COVID-19 pandemic shut down touring and playing live shows for the foreseeable future.

In September 2020 though, Fleetwood Mac came back into the hearts of old and new fans alike in the most unexpected way. While many still struggled to deal with the crazy times we lived in, one viral video and its follow up by Mick Fleetwood couldn’t help but put a smile on your face.

TikTok user @DOGGFACE208 – real name Nathan Apodaca – made a seemingly simple video to share on his account. He hopped on his skateboard with a bottle of his favorite Ocean Spray cranberry juice for a casual ride down the street. Additionally, the skateboarder added Fleetwood Mac’s popular song “Dreams” from their Rumours album to the background.

The carefree, positive vibes of the short clip caught fire on social media almost overnight. His video quickly garnered millions of views, which pushed “Dreams” to have its largest streaming week ever. In fact, the popularity of Apodaca’s clip caught the attention of the famous band and its drummer.

A week later, Mick Fleetwood brought the viral video full circle with his own rendition of the skateboarding clip. Fleetwood’s version made the viral video that much more famous, and on October 9, the pair even spoke together during a BBC News broadcast where the drummer thanked Apodaca.

“One, we owe you,” Mick Fleetwood said after surprising Apodaca during the show. “It’s such a celebration of everything. I’ve heard you talking about it, and it’s so joyous and fun.”