We already brought you part one of our list of 15 things you probably did not know about Fleetwood Mac, and now we’re back with part two! Check out eight more fascinating facts about the iconic band that brought us “Rhiannon” that you definitely (probably) did not know below. You might be surprised by what you find out!
Number Eight: “The Chain” Was Created by Merging Three Songs. “The Chain” is also the only song credited to all five members of Fleetwood Mac’s classic lineup. The song merges three other songs involving Fleetwood Mac members – Buckingham Nicks’ “Lola (My Love),” an unfinished track written by Christine McVie called “Keep Me There,” and an earlier version of “The Chain” that was acoustic and quite different.
Number Seven: Fleetwood’s Wife Had an Affair With His Best Friend. Mick Fleetwood was married to model Jenny Boyd; however, she had an affair with Fleetwood’s best friend and former band member Bob Westen throughout the mid-1970s.
Number Six: Christine McVie Wrote “You Make Loving Fun” About an Affair. McVie was having an affair with Fleetwood Mac’s lighting director, Curry Grant. She wrote “You Make Loving Fun” about her relationship with Grant.
Number Five: “Silver Springs” Got Cut. Stevie Nicks’ “Silver Springs” got cut from Rumours because there was not enough space and the other band members did not think it was the right fit. The song ended up on the b-side of “Go Your Own Way.”
Number Four: Stevie Nicks Got Sued for “Sara.” A songwriter named Carol Hinton sued Nicks because she thought “Sara” was too similar to something she had written and submitted to Warner Bros. However, she dropped the suit after Nicks proved her wrong.
Number Three: Nicks Wrote “Gypsy” About Her Own Poverty. Nicks and Buckingham were, at one point, living together in extreme poverty. Nicks wrote “Gypsy” about their time together when they were sleeping on a single mattress on the floor.
Number Two: Nicks Abused Cocaine. In fact, she abused cocaine so much in the 1970s and 1980s that she burned a hole in her nose’s cartilage. She became motivated to stop after a surgeon told her she could lose her nose.
Number One: “Landslide” Was Never Released as a Single. Though many people know the song “Landslide,” the song was actually first made famous by the cover by The Smashing Pumpkins. It has since been covered by many artists today.