Mick Fleetwood - Musician (Fleetwood Mac)
Mick Fleetwood Biography
Claim to Fame: Musician (Fleetwood Mac)
DOB: June 24, 1947
Diabetes Type: unknown
Quote: "The journey we've all been on together, you couldn't write a story like this."
Michael John Kells Fleetwood was born in Redruth, England to Mike and Brigid Fleetwood on June 24, 1947. Mick and his two older sisters moved around often as children, as their father was a Wing Commander in the Royal Air Force.
Fleetwood had a love of music early on in his life, receiving and learning to play his first set of drums at the age of thirteen, while getting an education from boarding schools as his family traveled. As a young teen, Fleetwood attended King’s School in Sherbourn, where he became more engrossed in drumming, aside from fencing and participating in theatre group. Shortly after, Fleetwood proved unsuccessful academically and went to live with his sister in London to pursue his dream of becoming a professional drummer at age 15.
After working briefly for Liberty’s Department Store, Fleetwood caught the attention of Peter Bardens, a young Nottinghill Gate neighborhood musician. Bardens got Fleetwood his first gig with a band known as the Senders before Fleetwood joined Bardens’ band, the Cheynes, in 1963. In 1965, after the collapse of the Cheynes, Fleetwood drummed for the Bo Street Runners before Bardens recruited him once again to a new band, Peter B’s Looners, where Fleetwood met Peter Green, a talented young guitarist. A year later, Peter B’s Looners added two singers — Rod Stewart and Beryl Marsden — and changed the band’s name to Shotgun Express. But Green left the band to join John Mayall’s band, the Bluesbreakers, and in early 1967, Shotgun Express disbanded.
When the Bluesbreakers’ drummer quit in the spring of 1967, Mayall asked Fleetwood to join the band. It was here that he and fellow band members Peter Green and John McVie sought to strike out on their own, forming Fleetwood Mac. Originally a blues act, the band took on a new direction with the arrival of Lindsay Buckingham and Stevie Nicks in 1973, bringing them to significant commercial recognition. Their albums “Fleetwood Mac” (1975) and “Rumours” (1977) produced some of the band’s best hits, including “Go Your Own Way” and “Dreams.” During this time, Fleetwood married Jenny Boyd, then divorced, then remarried, and divorced again. Boyd went on to become a psychologist and has written the book, Musicians in Tune.
By the end of the 1970’s, personal issues led to drug and alcohol abuse on the part of Fleetwood and the rest of the band, which came at the time when Mick was diagnosed with diabetes. His diagnosis came after suffering recurring bouts of hypoglycemia during several live shows. Working to try and stabilize his health, he pursued a solo career in the 1980s. Several times, namely in 1987 and 1992, Fleetwood Mac reunited briefly, playing for Bill Clinton’s inauguration (Clinton used “Don’t Stop” as his campaign theme song), and in 1988, Fleetwood remarried once again, this time to Sara Recor. After splitting, Fleetwood married again to Lynn Frankel in 1995 while Fleetwood Mac was still on tour.
Fleetwood wrote his autobiography in 1990, and helped to put together My Twenty-Five Years in Fleetwood Mac in 1992. He also opened a restaurant — Fleetwood’s — in Alexandria, Virginia in 1994. Since, the band has permanently reunited in 1997, and has continued to tour and produce new music. Fleetwood Mac’s new musical albums include Say You Will (2003) and Madison Blues (2005); their latest album, Crazy About the Blues was released in September, 2010. In 2004, Fleetwood released a solo album, Something Big, shortly followed by Blue Again , featuring Rick Vito, in 2008.
On January 12, 1998, Fleetwood was inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame at the Waldorf Astoria Hotel in New York City.
He officially became a U.S. citizen on November 22, 2002 in Los Angeles, CA.
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