Buckingham & Nicks Join the Mac | This Week in Music History

On January 1st, 1975, Stevie Nicks and Lindsey Buckingham officially joined Fleetwood Mac. Even before Fleetwood Mac, Buckingham and Nicks were an imposing duo on the 70’s rock scene. The pair had met while the two were in high school and had forged a fearsome relationship. When Nicks saw Buckingham playing “California Dreamin'” at Young Life club, she joined him in harmony, recalling, “I thought he was a darling.” Buckingham was in a psychedelic rock band called Fritz and when two of its musicians were leaving for college, He asked Nicks in mid-1967 to step in and fill their shows. After Fritz disbanded in 1972, Nicks and Buckingham continued to write as a duo, recording demo tapes at night in Daly City, California They secured a deal with Polydor Records and the eponymous Buckingham Nicks was released in 1973. Buckingham landed a guitar role with the Everly Brothers 1972 tour while Nicks stayed behind working on songwriting herself. During this time, Nicks wrote “Rhiannon” after seeing the name in the novel Triad by Mary Leader and “Landslide”, inspired by the scenery of Aspen and her slowly deteriorating relationship with Buckingham. In late 1974, Keith Olsen played the Buckingham Nicks track “Frozen Love” for drummer Mick Fleetwood who had come to Sound City in California in search of a recording studio. Fleetwood remembered Buckingham’s guitar work when guitarist Bob Welch departed to pursue a solo career. On December 31, 1974, Fleetwood called Buckingham, inviting him to join the band. Buckingham refused, insisting that Nicks and he were “a package deal” and he would not join without her and the rest as they say, is history.

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