Happy 70th Birthday to Lindsey Buckingham, the American singer-songwriter and musician best known as the lead guitarist and vocalist in Fleetwood Mac. In addition to his 30-year tenure and induction into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame with Fleetwood Mac, Buckingham has released six solo albums and three live albums. Rolling Stone Magazine ranked him 100th on their list of “100 Greatest Guitarists of All Time.”

Known for his unique fingerpicking guitar style, he was invited to join Fleetwood Mac in 1974. He accepted under one condition: his musical and romantic partner Stevie Nicks must also be included. After the couple’s stellar debut LP Buckingham Nicks (which included their composition Landslide), the pair became the face of Fleetwood Mac during its most commercially successful period, highlighted by the multi-platinum albums Fleetwood Mac, and Rumours (the latter selling over 40 million copies worldwide). Though highly successful, the group experienced almost constant creative and personal conflict, which led to Buckingham being forced out of the band in 2018, after which he resumed his solo career. WATCH a beautiful 2017 duet between Buckingham and Stevie Nicks—Never Goin’ Back Again… (1949)

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MORE Good News on this Day:

  • Thanksgiving Day was established for the fourth Thursday in November by President Lincoln (1863)
  • The Shot Heard ‘Round the World, one of the greatest moments in baseball history, occurred when Bobby Thomson hit a ninth inning home run for the NY Giants to win the National League pennant for his team that had been down 14 games heading into the playoffs (1951)
  • Frank Robinson, an MVP and Triple crown slugger as a player, was named Major League Baseball’s first black manager by the Cleveland Indians (1974)
  • The members of Aerosmith bailed 30 fans out of jail after they were arrested for simply smoking pot during the band’s Indiana concert at Fort Wayne Coliseum (1978)
  • East Germany ceased to exist when its territory became part of the Federal Republic of Germany and its citizens rejoined the European Community after 45 years of postwar division—now a public holiday in unified Germany (1990)

And, on this day in 1961, The Dick Van Dyke Show premiered on the CBS TV network. With a total of 158 episodes spanning five seasons, the show catapulted Dick van Dyke to fame, with his unique brand of physical comic genius. It starred Van Dyke as comedy writer Rob Petrie who was married to an emotional wife named Laura, played brilliantly by Mary Tyler Moore (who wrote later that she almost skipped the audition). Rose Marie and Morey Amsterdam portrayed Rob’s funny co-writers—and the creator–producer of the actual episodes, Carl Reiner, played their boss, a talk show host. The series won 15 Emmy Awards and has been ranked as one of the greatest TV shows of all time. WATCH the best montage of physical comedy EVER produced…

 

And, Happy 78th Birthday to Chubby Checker, the rock and roll singer and dance pioneer who showed the world how to do “The Twist” with his 1960 hit. Billboard magazine declared the song the “biggest hit” of the 1960s. He also popularized the Limbo, another trademark dance. Chubby Checker By Phil Konstantin

American D.J. Clay Cole said, “Chubby Checker has never been properly acknowledged for one major contribution to pop culture—Chubby and the Twist got adults out and onto the dance floor for the first time. Before the Twist dance phenomenon, grownups did not dance to teenage music.” WATCH his appearance on American Bandstand… (1941)

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