FLEETWOOD MAC's 'Rumours' Released 40 Years Ago.

Internal strife, tensions helped to create an enduring Pop/Rock Masterpiece.

February 3, 2017

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FLEETWOOD MAC's 'Rumours' album, one of the most popular and best selling albums of all time, is legendary for its incredible array of singers and songs as it is for the back-story of the singers, which begat the songs on the album. Now 40 years since it's release, 'Rumours' has endured very well through the decades. The well-known and oft-told stories surrounding the musician's personal/professional dramas that were played out during the making of 'Rumours' have become less relevant, and have gradually faded. What remains of course, is the music. An album that remains as compelling and enjoyable as when it first appeared in 1977.

Some Facts About 'Rumours' 

  • 'Rumours' is one of the best-selling albums of all time, with (worldwide) sales to date close to $50 Million copies!
  • It not only topped both the Billboard charts in the U.S. and the United Kingdom Albums Chart, it was also the #1 album in: Canada, The Netherlands, Australia, New Zealand, South Africa, and Sweden. In the U.S., the album spent 32 (non-consecutive) weeks at #1. (1977-78)
  • 'Lists'--VH1 ranked the album at number 16 during its 100 Greatest Albums countdownUSA Today listed Rumours at #23 in its Top 40 Albums list. Rolling Stone Magazine ranked it at number 25 in its special issue of "The 500 Greatest Albums of All Time." Time Magazine named it in its All-TIME 100 Albums List.
  • In 1998, Mick Fleetwood produced and released the album, 'Legacy: A Tribute to Fleetwood Mac's Rumours.' Each song from the original Rumours album was covered by a different act influenced by it. Participating musicians included Tonic, Matchbox 20, Goo Goo Dolls, Celtic rock groups The Corrs and The Cranberries, and singer-songwriters Elton John, Duncan Sheik, and Jewel.
  • Of the 11 original songs on 'Rumours,' each of the 3 principal songwriters (Buckingham, Nicks, C. McVie) had 3-single songwriting credits, with the other 2 compositions being collaborations w/ other band members.