memories of the ’70s – Go Your Own Way by Fleetwood Mac

Go_Your_Own_Way_singleFor the late 1970s, this band’s album Rumours became one of the most-played, and was kicked off with the single Go Your Own Way by Fleetwood Mac.

Getting together in 1976 to work on their album, the band convened in a rented house in south Florida, to focus on the creativity process.

Lindsay Buckingham wrote the song Go Your Own Way in response to his fractious relationship with Stevie Nicks. Little did the rest of the band know that they were both writing songs in response to their emotional states.

When the band went into the studio, Buckingham was influenced by the sounds from The Rolling Stones song “Street Fighting Man” and encouraged drummer Mick Fleetwood to channel the similar beat for Go Your Own Way.

Wanting to release a single before Christmas 1976 to preview the album coming in Spring 1977, the band released Go Your Own Way  in December 1976.

The single climbed the charts, as well as encouraged by the 800,000 in advance orders for the album from Warner Bros., the largest advance sale to date for the record label, which had scheduled the album for February 1977.

The single didn’t hit number one but did hit the top 10 on the Billboard Hot 100 in March 1977 and became the band’s first hit single for the album as well as their first hit single with a male vocal.

The band’s success, as well as the album’s next single, Dreams, led Warner Bros into the black with Rumours as the band’s best-selling album to date.

 

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