Michael John Kells "Mick" Fleetwood (born 24 June 1947) is a British musician and actor, best known for his role as the drummer and co-founder of the rock band Fleetwood Mac.Fleetwood, whose surname was merged with that of the group's bassist John "Mac" Mc Vie to form the name of the band, was inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame in 1998.Here Fleetwood invited Lindsey Buckingham and Stevie Nicks to join.Buckingham and Nicks contributed to much of Fleetwood Mac's later commercial success, including the celebrated album Rumours, while Fleetwood's own determination to keep the band together was essential to the band's longevity.Shy, geeky, and 6-foot-6, Fleetwood didn’t lose his virginity until 18 despite the looseness of the era and the growing popularity of his own bands, which he calls, “kind of pathetic.” Still, he was quickly hanging with the hip crowd.He became good friends with Stones guitarist Brian Jones, who he calls “a special soul, in many ways far too sensitive and perceptive for this world.” Who drummer Keith Moon was also a friend and introduced Fleetwood to “a little pill called methadrin.” He also, around this time, began dating Jenny Boyd, the sister of Pattie Boyd, who would eventually marry both George Harrison and Eric Clapton.Fleetwood would remain the only member to stay with the band through its ever-changing line-up.After several album releases and line-up changes, the group moved to the United States in 1974 in an attempt to boost the band's success.
The two remarried only to divorce again in 1977 after Mick's affair with Stevie.
When drummer Mick Fleetwood joined the popular UK band John Mayall & the Bluesbreakers in 1967, he replaced a well-liked drummer named Aynsley Dunbar. This led to tough times at school and the beginnings of a casual, non-technical, inexplicable drumming style that none of his collaborators would ever be able to fully comprehend.
At his first gig with the band, the audience made their displeasure clear. He dropped out of school at 15, moved into his older sister’s attic in London and played with a band called the Cheynes, which opened for the Yardbirds and the Rolling Stones back when they were little more than local cover bands.
Born in Redruth, Fleetwood lived in Egypt and Norway for many of his childhood years as his father travelled with the Royal Air Force.
Choosing to follow his musical interests, Fleetwood travelled to London at the age of 15, eventually combining with Peter Green, Jeremy Spencer and Bob Brunning, at Green's behest, to become the first incarnation of Fleetwood Mac.