On February 4th 1977, Fleetwood Mac released one of the most iconic albums in history. Famous not only for its massive success with titles such as Go Your Own Way, Don’t Stop, and You Make Loving Fun, but also because of the relationship turmoil behind its creation. With John McVie and Christine McVie undergoing a divorce, Stevie Nicks and Lindsay Buckingham breaking up, and Mick Fleetwood splitting with his wife, the record was sure to be jam-packed with drama.
To celebrate the album’s birthday, here are some fun facts about Rumours you may not have known:
- The “balls” that hang between Mick Fleetwood’s legs on the album’s cover were actually toilet chains that were stolen from a club they played in their early days.
- They planned the album to be a “no filler” where each song could be released as a single. Their planned worked successfully.
- Apparently, more than 1 in every 6 households in America owns a copy of Rumours.
- Stevie Nicks wrote Dreams in ten minutes while sitting on Sly Stone’s bed.
- Go Your Own Way was heavily inspired by The Rolling Stones’ Street Fighting Man.
- McVie and Buckingham were not getting along during the sessions. One of the days, McVie threw a glass bottle of vodka at Buckingham’s head.
- Each member has writing credits on The Chain.
- Christine McVie wrote You Making Loving Fun about her affair with the band’s lighting director, but told John McVie it was about her dog.
- The last time Fleetwood Mac performed Oh, Daddy was in 1997.
- Rumours won the Grammy for “Record Of The Year’ in 1977.
Watch Fleetwood Mac’s official music video for Dreams from 1977 here: