MICK FLEETWOOD'S PICK:
Howlin' Wolf, Newport Folk Festival, 1966. The real deal. An innovator and patron saint of blues rock. In London, in the 1960s, the blues was what we wanted to play. It's what the Brits Eric Clapton, Jimmy Page, Pete Townshend, and Peter Green were listening to.
In 1967, Mick Fleetwood and John McVie formed Peter Green's Fleetwood Mac. "We were a funny, vulgar, drunken vaudeville blues band...playing music as much to amuse ourselves as please an audience and make money," Mick says in his autobiography. By 1969, Fleetwood Mac was the No. 1 charting group in the U.K., outselling both the Beatles and the Rolling Stones. That was just the beginning of the band's wild ride to become the legendary GRAMMY-award-winning Fleetwood Mac, now celebrating it's half-centennial.