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Tim Reed
by on January 21, 2018

 "The Chain" is by British-American rock band Fleetwood Mac, released on their best-selling album Rumours. The only song credited to all five members of the Rumours-era lineup - Stevie Nicks, Lindsey Buckingham, Christine McVie, John McVie and Mick Fleetwood.

Fleetwood Mac formed in London in 1967 and have sold over 100 Million albums, making them one of the best world selling bands. In 1998 select members of the group were inducted into the Rock Hall of Fame.

The band founded by guitarist Peter Green, drummer Mick Fleetwood and guitarist Jeremy Spencer. Needing a permanent bass guitarist, Green convinced John McVie to join. Danny Kirwan joined as a third guitarist in 1969, and keyboardist Christine Perfect, who was used as a session musician starting with the second album, later married John McVie and joined the band in 1970.

In late 1974, they were introduced to folk-rock duo Lindsey Buckingham and Stevie Nicks. The band sought to add Buckingham as their new lead guitarist, who agreed under the condition that Stevie Nicks, his singing partner and girlfriend at the time, Would join the band.

Buy Fleetwood Mac RumoursWith Buckingham and Nicks the band began to take on a pop rock sound, with their 1975 album Fleetwood Mac becoming their best selling record to date, reaching No. 1 in the US. Rumours, released in 1977, was Fleetwood Mac's second album after Buckingham and Nicks joined, produced four US Top 10 singles and remained at No. 1 on the American albums chart for 31 weeks. It is the eight best selling album of all time.

During the recording of Rumours, the band went through personal turmoil, resulting in the separating of Christie and John McVie, And Lindsey Buckingham and Stevie Nicks. Still, the band went on to produce music together.

Fleetwood Mac remained stable through three more albums, but by the late 1980s the band began to disintegrate. First to leave were Buckingham and Nicks. In 1993, a one-off performance for the Presidential Inauguration of Bill Clinton featured the five key members back together for the first time in six years, and by 1997, a full reunion occurred

In 1998, Christine McVie retired from touring, and the band stayed together as a four-piece with John McVie, Mick Fleetwood, Lindsey Buckingham, and Stevie Nicks. In 2014, Christine McVie rejoined again full time. The last studio album by the band was 2003's Say You Will.

It's said that original member Peter Green continued to earn a living from royalties from the song "Black Magic Woman" which was re-introduced by Carlos Santana.

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