Mick Fleetwood is best known for his tremendous success as the drummer of Fleetwood Mac, the wildly successful band he co-founded in 1967 with fellow John Mayall alumni Peter Green (guitar) and John McVie (bass).
The turmoil of the band’s meteoric rise to superstardom is well-known and documented in its own entry; Fleetwood himself eventually lost his marriage after it was discovered in 1973 that his wife was having an affair with Fleetwood Mac guitarist Bob Weston.
After the supporting tour for 1979′s Tusk, Fleetwood recorded his debut solo album, The Visitor, which was released in 1981 and displayed the drummer’s interest in worldbeat.
Fleetwood Mac went on hiatus until 1987, when Fleetwood’s declaration of bankruptcy prompted the reunion LP Tango in the Night; even Lindsey Buckingham was persuaded to join in, albeit only in the studio.
Even as the band’s classic ’70s lineup splintered, Fleetwood kept versions of the band going throughout the ’90s, without enjoying much commercial success until the full-fledged reunion on 1997′s The Dance. Something Big (attributed to the Mick Fleetwood Band), a joint project with songwriter Todd Smallwood, was released in 2004 on Fleetwood’s own label, TallMan Records. – Steve Huey