3 October 1949, Palo Alto, California, USA. The pop mastermind behind Fleetwood Macs golden era, Buckingham began his career as a folk-singer before joining Fritz, an aspiring Bay Area rock band that also featured vocalist Stevie Nicks. When Fritz folded in 1971, the couple, now linked professionally and romantically, formed a new unit, Buckingham Nicks. 1973s self-titled album offered glimpses of the harmonized style the duo later forged, but it made little commercial impression and Buckingham undertook session work. However, the album was later used to demonstrate technical facilities when Mick Fleetwood was researching likely studio locations for Fleetwood Macs next album. By chance, both Buckingham and Nicks were in an adjacent room and the seeds of a fruitful partnership were sown. When Bob Welch left Fleetwood Mac in December 1974, Fleetwood invited the pair to join as replacements. Their arrival signalled a renaissance in the bands fortunes when Fleetwood Mac and the multi-million selling Rumours established them as one of the worlds top-selling acts. Buckinghams skills as a singer, composer, guitarist and producer were crucial to this success, but following the release of the ambitious Tusk, both he and Nicks, who had, by now, severed their romantic attachment, embarked on solo careers.
Buckinghams debut album, Law And Order, continued the craftsmanship displayed on earlier work, but although one of the tracks, Trouble, reached the US Top 10, it failed to match the profile Nicks had achieved with her first release. Both artists resumed their roles with Fleetwood Mac for the 1982 album Mirage, but subsequently pursued individual paths. The title song from a second collection, Go Insane, provided another hit single, and although he returned to the parent groups fold for the excellent Tango In The Night (1987), Buckingham officially parted from the unit the following year rather than embark on a promotional tour.
A decade later, having found little in the way of solo success, Buckingham returned to work with the 1973 Rumours line-up of Fleetwood Mac. The band (minus Christine McVie) released a well-received studio album in 2003, which featured several tracks originally written by Buckingham for the projected solo release Gift Of Screws. Three more songs intended for this album later surfaced on Buckinghams fourth solo collection, the beautiful and largely acoustic Under The Skin (2006).
Source: The Encyclopedia of Popular Music by Colin Larkin. Licensed from Muze.