A member of the legendary blues-turned-rock band Fleetwood Mac since its inception in 1967, John McVie not only lent his name but formidable bass talents to the group's chart-topping music while maintaining a relatively low profile amidst its ever-changing lineup. He began his career as a teenager with John Mayall's Bluesbreakers before joining drummer Mick Fleetwood and guitarist Peter Green in Fleetwood Mac. The group added McVie's talented wife, Christine McVie, in 1970, before completing what many considered to be the most acclaimed lineup with Americans Lindsey Buckingham and Stevie Nicks. That final version of Fleetwood Mac burst into stardom in the mid-1970s, but the spotlight set long-simmering internal tensions to burning, including the McVie's marriage. Their 1976 divorce served in part as inspiration for the group's landmark album, <i>Rumours</i> (1977), though the individual members would put aside their differences and reunite on several occasions over the next three decades. Though never mentioned in critical circles with the same degree of praise as bassist monoliths like John Entwhistle or Jack Bruce, John McVie's tenure with Fleetwood Mac during its most successful years ensured his status as one of rock-n-roll's most successful rhythm players.