Yes, it has been 40 years since Fleetwood Mac’s best album was released on February 4th, 1977. Rumours was the second album since Lindsey Buckingham (guitar, vocals) and Stevie Nicks’ (vocals) entrance, along with them was Christine McVie (keyboards, vocals), her then recently divorced husband John McVie (bass guitar) and Mick Fleetwood (drums). The 11-song album spun 6 hits often heard on classic rock radio, including “Dreams,” “Don’t Stop,” “Go Your Own Way,” “The Chain,” “You Make Loving Fun,” and the haunting final track, “Gold Dust Woman.”
The title of the album was inspired by the press’ interest in the turmoil going on with the lives after the bands self-titled release in 1975. Buckingham and Nicks were in an on/off relationship. The McVie’s divorced but still continued their music together and Christine still used the McVie name (nee Perfect). And Mick Fleetwood had found out his then wife Jenny was cheating on him.
The majority of the album was recorded at The Record Plant in Satuitio, California. A noted exception would be song “Songbird” was recorded at Zellerbach Auditorium, which involved only Christine McVie at vocals and piano and Buckingham at acoustic guitar. Another song not involving all five members is “Never Going Back Again” which features only Buckingham at vocals and guitar.
The album was produced by Richard Dashut, Ken Caillat and also Fleetwood Mac. Dashut and Caillat also played the role of engineering the album. Rumours had a set release in September 1976, but issues arose with the mixing. The band had to cancel a tour to come back to fix the problem. The release came on the 4th of February, 1977, and the rest is history. Before the album release, “Go Your Own Way” was pushed as a promotional single. “Don’t Stop” would be used for Bill Clinton’s presidential campaign in 1992. All five members involved with the Rumours album reunited to perform at the 1993 Presidential Inaugural Ball.