You Make Loving Fun – Fleetwood Mac

THIS DAY IN MUSIC……………………………………………on April 2nd of 1977 Fleetwood Mac’s “Rumors” album went to #1 on the Billboard chart where it stayed for 31 weeks. Worldwide, the LP would sell over 25 million copies. From that LP comes “You Make Loving Fun” written by the band’s keyboard player Christine McVie. She sang lead vocals on this track, which was one of four songs she wrote solo for the Rumours album. McVie had nothing prepared when the band started working on the album at The Record Plant studios in Sausalito, California. “I thought I was drying up,” she said in Q magazine. “I was practically panicking because every time I sat down at a piano, nothing came out. Then, one day in Sausalito, I just sat down and wrote in the studio, and the four-and-a-half songs of mine on the album are a result of that.” During the recording of Rumours the marriage of bassist John McVie and keyboardist and co-singer Christine McVie was ending. Christine started seeing the band’s lighting technician Curry Grant and she penned this song about the relationship. Drummer Mick Fleetwood quipped to Q magazine June 2009: “Knowing John, he probably thought it was about one of her dogs.” Early tracking of the song was done, according to McVie, in the absence of Lindsey Buckingham, which allowed her the freedom to “build the song on my own”. The recording sessions were saturated with cocaine use. Buckingham played rhythm guitar (through a Leslie) and tracking was done with a Fender Rhodes, Nicks playing tambourine. John McVie’s bass was rerecorded again later, and Mick Fleetwood and Christine McVie dubbed Hohner Clavinet parts.[2] In an interview with the New York Post she remarked that she wanted it to be the third US single from the album, but instead “Don’t Stop” was chosen, which boosted the album’s commercial success in the US and the UK. The song peaked at #9 in the US and #45 in the UK.