Lindsey Adams Buckingham, born October 3, 1949, is an American singer, musician, composer, and producer. He served as Fleetwood Mac’s lead guitarist and male lead vocalist from 1975 to 1987 and from 1997 to 2018. Buckingham has also produced music alone and in groups, which is a wonder because he never received formal guitar instruction. He became a member of the Fritz Rabyne Memorial Band when he was a youngster after discovering his passion for folk music. Before joining Fleetwood Mac, he and Stevie Nicks (then his girlfriend) collaborated after leaving Fritz. We’ll help you celebrate Lindsey’s special day right here.
Lindsey Adams Buckingham
October 3, 1949
Lindsey Adams Buckingham, the youngest of Rutheda and Morris Buckingham’s three boys, was born on October 3, 1949, in Palo Alto, California. His astrological sign is Libra. He attended Menlo-Atherton High School while growing up in the San Francisco Bay Area neighborhood of Atherton, where Buckingham and his brothers were encouraged to swim competitively. Buckingham left sports to focus on music (while his brother Gregory went on to take home a silver medal in the Mexico City Olympics in 1968). He used to play the Mickey Mouse guitar that his brother had as a youngster. Soon after learning that their youngest kid had a natural flair for music, his parents bought him a harmony guitar.
Buckingham had a strong interest in folk music when he was just 13. He started writing songs in the lively Kingston Trio style after mastering the basics of the banjo. In his early years, he developed a passion for folk music, which led him to eventually join the Fritz Rabyne Memorial Band. After leaving Fritz, he temporarily worked with his girlfriend Nicks before they both joined the world-famous Fleetwood Mac, a British-American rock band formed in 1967 by drummer Mick Fleetwood, and guitarists Peter Green and Jeremy Spencer before John McVie was recruited. Fleetwood recruited Buckingham after the former heard the song ‘Frozen Love.’ He was of course taken in but insisted that Nicks be included as they were “a package deal.” The rest is, of course, history. Since then, the band has sold more than 100 million records globally.
In his career as a solo artist, Buckingham has released six studio albums and three live albums. He shared the Grammy Award for Album of the Year with Fleetwood Mac.
Buckingham becomes the bassist and singer for the Fritz Rabyne Memorial Band.
Buckingham and Nicks collaborate on their first long-playing album titled “Buckingham Nicks” whose cover shows them naked.
Buckingham and Nicks join Fleetwood Mac.
Buckingham releases his debut solo album titled “Law and Order” while he is still a member of Fleetwood Mac.
Fleetwood Mac releases the live album “The Dance” to mark the band’s reunification.
Buckingham and Christine McVie launch a collaborative album, which was Fleetwood Mac’s eighth studio album but ended up being an independent project.
Why We Love Lindsey Buckingham
Fleetwood Mac’s music sounds familiar
Even today’s generation knows Fleetwood Mac’s tunes (though many teens would not recognize the faces behind the songs). Its music caters to two or three generations as evidenced by their impressive turnout in the band’s shows.
He brings back good memories
Buckingham brings back memories of yesteryear. Those songs he wrote for Fleetwood Mac such as ‘Go Your Own Way,’ ‘Big Love,’ ‘Second Hand News,’ and ‘Never Going Back Again’ take us down memory lane.
The music is what matters
He once said a musician plays to highlight the song, not the player. “The song is all that matters,” he added.
5 Surprising Facts
His most popular bootleg album
Fans couldn’t get enough of the naked cover shot, which makes Buckingham’s album with Nicks the most popular bootleg album.
Nicks was his high school sweetheart
Buckingham and Nicks dated in high school and started a folk band until they joined Fleetwood Mac.
An album for another girlfriend
His album “Go Insane” was dedicated to Carol Ann Harris, another girlfriend of his.
A family of swimmers
Buckingham and his elder brothers competed in various swimming competitions.
He doesn’t use guitar picks
Buckingham chooses to play the guitar with his fingers and fingernails rather than use guitar picks.
Lindsey Buckingham FAQs
What music awards has Buckingham received?
Buckingham won two Grammy awards with Fleetwood Mac, including Album of the Year for “Fleetwood Mac” (1975) and “Rumours” (1977).
Why is it called Fleetwood Mac?
It’s a combination of the surnames of two of its members, namely, Mick Fleetwood and John McVie.
Is Buckingham married?
He and Kristen Messner got married in 2000; they have three children: William Gregory, Leelee, and Stella.
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