From 1969 we have Fleetwood Mac performing “Oh Well.” Now, I know what you’re thinking. Adult contemporary, Stevie Nicks, songs about divorce. No, no, a thousand times NO. This is the first incarnation of Fleetwood Mac as fronted by the brilliant, if erratic (he was later institutionalized) Peter Green.
Fleetwood Mac began as an offshoot of John Mayall’s Bluesbreakers, of which Green, John McVie and Mick Fleetwood had been members. Fleetwood Mac had moderate success as a blues band before Christine McVie joined and Green departed. It would not be until 1975 that Lindsey Buckingham and Stevie Nicks joined the ensemble and their sound took a more mainstream approach.
Fleetwood Mac joins Genesis and Pink Floyd in the “Band That Was A Band Before The Band You Know All-Stars.” That is to say bands that had a brief, successful, yet nearly forgotten (by popular culture) period fronted by someone else and with an almost entirely different sound. Perhaps we’ll get to those bands later.