Let’s take a #TBT to one of the greatest times in music history, shall we….
In 1978, one of the most memorable albums in music history, Fleetwood Mac’s, Rumors went straight to the top of the charts at No. 1 in the U.S and the UK for thirty-one consecutive weeks. According to thisdayinmusic.com, “[Rumors] went on to sell over 15 million copies world- wide and spent over 440 weeks on the UK chart” and according to CNN.com, as of 2012, the album has sold over 40-million copies world-wide.
Rumors, released in 1977, arguably had some of the greatest hit-songs of all time from the band, with songs such as “Landslide”, “Dreams”, “Don’t Stop”, “The Chain” and “Go Your Own Way” just to name a select few.
Now, I don’t know about you, but I grew up on the golden ‘70’s and ‘80’s style of music, remembering my dad set a Garth Brooks record on our dusty turntable or push a REO Speedwagon cassette into the tape player of our Buick LeSabre. My dad especially was what we would call today, “the walking Walk-Man.” Today, I always turn to his massive iPod when I want to hear great music from his adolescence years. Of the many artists on his playlist, I would regularly turn to Fleetwood Mac and play “Landslide” anytime I was deep in my own thoughts. For myself, the band greatly embodied my father’s era of music, creating a warming, youthful atmosphere in our home whenever they were played.
There is something about the lingering energy from Stevie Nick’s raspy, distinct voice and Fleetwood’s peppy guitar riffs that could always get me out of my moody day and influence me to get up and move. I don’t know why, but for some reason, I didn’t realize for the longest time that Fleetwood Mac sang “Don’t Stop”! (Sorry dad, you raised me better, I know).
This Throwback Thursday is dedicated to an artist duo that forever changed music, sonically and lyrically. Fleetwood Mac deserves our recognition of a time when writing, producing, and finally releasing music would speech to so many people and Rumors did just that. Now almost 40 years later, the album can still be heard echoing throughout radio stations and inside homes across the country.
Happy #TBT from our music family to yours! Now, who’s up for listening to a little Fleetwood Mac?!
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