Jack’s Song Of The Day: Lindsey Buckingham

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First, an earthquake.  Now, a hurricane.

Is Mother Nature pissed or what?!

Jack FM sure hopes she approves of our choice for Song of the Day.

Singer and guitarist [lastfm link_type="artist_info"]Lindsey Buckingham[/lastfm] may just be one of the most underrated musicians of our time.

As a kid growing up in the San Francisco area, Lindsey began playing along with his brother’s records on a toy Mickey Mouse guitar.  Noticing their son’s affinity for music, Lindsey’s parents bought him a $35 Harmony guitar, and he was soon on his way to fulfilling his destiny.

While a senior in high school, Lindsey Buckingham and three of his friends formed The Fritz Rabyne Memorial Band.  The band played at several school functions, and by 1968 had become one of the major local acts in the Bay Area music scene.  Just three years later, the band parted ways.

In 1972, Lindsey, along with his girlfriend [lastfm link_type="artist_info"]Stevie Nicks[/lastfm], dropped out of college and moved to Los Angeles to pursue a music career.  The duo were signed to Polydor Records and released the album, Buckingham Nicks, in 1973.  The album sold poorly, and Lindsey and Stevie were dropped from the label.

To make ends meet during this time, Lindsey toured as part of [lastfm link_type="artist_info"]Don Everly[/lastfm]‘s back-up band while Stevie worked as a waitress and cleaned houses.  In 1974, [lastfm link_type="artist_info"]Mick Fleetwood[/lastfm] heard a song from Buckingham Nicks and immediately approached Lindsey about joining his band, [lastfm link_type="artist_info"]Fleetwood Mac[/lastfm].  Lindsey told Mick he would only join if Stevie could join, too.  They were, after all, a “packaged deal.”  The duo officially became a part of the band on New Year’s Eve.

With Lindsey and Stevie, Fleetwood Mac released their self-titled album in 1975.  Fleetwood Mac was quite successful, but it was nothing compared to their next album.

Rumours was released in February 1977, and it propelled Fleetwood Mac to superstar status.  The album, which chronicled the tumultuous relationships within the band, peaked at #1 on the Billboard 200 and spawned such classic songs as “Go Your Own Way,” “Don’t Stop” and “Dreams.”  Rumours sold over 40 million copies worldwide, making it one of the most successful albums in music history.

After the release of Tusk in ’79, Lindsey decided to simultaneously launch a solo career.  In 1981, he released his first album, Law and Order.  Lindsey wrote, sang and played most of the instruments on the album.  Law and Order went to #32 on the charts and produced the Top 10 hit single, “Trouble.”

Throughout the ’80s, Lindsey continued releasing albums as both a soloist and as a member of Fleetwood Mac, although his individual success paled in comparison to that of his band’s.  In 1987, Fleetwood Mac released Tango in the Night, their biggest album in ten years.  However, shortly after its release, Lindsey Buckingham quit due to the strain he was feeling within the band.

In 1992, Lindsey released another solo album, Out of the Cradle, and embarked on his first tour as a solo artist.  A year later, he reunited with Fleetwood Mac to perform at President Bill Clinton‘s first Inaugural Ball and again in 1997 for the concert and live album, The DanceThe Dance put Fleetwood Mac back on top of the charts, and a successful arena tour soon followed.  In ’98, the band was inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame.

Since 2000, Lindsey Buckingham has managed to maintain his solo career while continuing his work with Fleetwood Mac.  Lindsey’s sixth solo album, Seeds We Sow, will be released September 6th along with a concert DVD that was filmed earlier this year.  The single, “In Our Own Time,” is Jack’s Song of the Day.

Lindsey Buckingham will be hitting the road for a fall tour and is scheduled to play Houston’s Verizon Wireless Theater October 9th.

Check out this performance of “Go Your Own Way” from Fleetwood Mac’s 1997 concert, The Dance.  Alot of women have told Jack FM to go our own way… ALOT.

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