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Fleetwood Mac: Don't Stop

Johnnie Walker talks to the tallest drummer in rock, Mick Fleetwood, as his band Fleetwood Mac celebrates 35 years of their iconic 1977 album Rumours.

Johnnie Walker re-visits the decade that brought us Pan's People, Punk and Pink Floyd. This week's show is dedicated to one of the most enduring and beloved albums of the 1970's: 'Rumours' by Fleetwood Mac.

35 years on, with 45 million copies sold, the confessional 1977 LP from a band embroiled in personal drama still sounds as compelling and fresh as it did on release. Johnnie talks to the drummer who leant his name to the band, Mick Fleetwood, about how the album came to be written.

'Rumours' was the work of the second incarnation of Fleetwood Mac, at the turn of the 1970's founder member and blues guitarist Peter Green left the band. The next few years gave a flavour of what was to come; a revolving door of troubled band members and relationship drama. In 1974 Mick Fleetwood, along with John and Christine McVie recruited Lindsey Buckingham and Stevie Nicks and 'Rumours'-era Fleetwood Mac was born. Mick talks to Johnnie about life in the Fleetwood Mac bubble, from the relationship dynamics of the band to drug abuse and rock and roll decadence and the strange alchemy that produced such iconic songs as 'Dreams', 'Go Your Own Way' and 'The Chain'.

1 hour, 56 minutes

Music Played

  • HOUR 1

    • The Bellamy Brothers

      Let Your Love Flow

      • Country Moods (Various Artists).
      • Polygram Tv.
  • Jr. Walker & The All Stars

    Take Me Girl, I'm Ready

  • FLEETWOD MAC - RUMOURS SPECIAL

    • Fleetwood Mac

      You Make Loving Fun

      • 50 Years - Don't Stop.
      • Warner Bros.
      • 011.
  • Fleetwood Mac

    The Green Manalishi (With The Two Prong Crown)

  • Fleetwood Mac

    Dreams

  • Fleetwood Mac

    Go Your Own Way

  • Robert Palmer

    Every Kinda People

    • The Very Best Of Robert Palmer.
    • EMI.
  • Pink Floyd

    Time

  • 70 SECOND 70S - BLONDIE

    • Blondie

      Sunday Girl

      • 70's Number Ones Vol 3.
      • Old Gold.
      • 9.
  • Fleetwood Mac

    Songbird

    • Rumours.
    • Rhino.
    • 1.
  • Brighouse and Rastrick Band

    Floral Dance

  • HOUR 2

    • Queen

      Bicycle Race

      • Jazz.
      • Island.
      • 4.
  • Andy Kim

    Rock Me Gently

    • Super Hits Of The 70's (Various Artis.
    • Rhino.
  • Tavares

    Heaven Must Be Missing An Angel

    • 20 Songs Of Love From The 70's (Vario.
    • MFP.
  • Dolly Parton

    Coat Of Many Colors

    • Dolly Parton: The Ultimate Collection.
    • BMG/RCA.
  • FLEETWOOD MAC - RUMOURS SPECIAL

    • Fleetwood Mac

      Don't Stop

  • Stevie Nicks

    The Chain

  • Harry Chapin

    Cat's In The Cradle

    • Behind The Music The Harry Chapin Collection.
    • Elektra/Rhino.
  • The Sutherland Brothers Band & Quiver

    Arms Of Mary

    • The Greatest Love Of All (Various).
    • Old Gold.
  • Neil Young & Crazy Horse

    Like A Hurricane

    • Greatest Hits.
    • Reprise.
    • 8.
  • Genesis

    Follow You Follow Me

    • And Then There Were Three.
    • Charisma.

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