Michael John Kells (Mick) Fleetwood
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|Mick was born in Redruth on 24th June 1947. His father, John Joseph Kells Fleetwood, was an RAF fighter pilot and the family soon moved to Egypt and then on to Norway.
Mick attended school in Norway and became fluent in Norwegian. He then attended several boarding schools in England, including the Kings School, Sherbone Park, Gloucestershire. His exam results were poor and he dropped out of school at the age of 15.
In 1963 he moved to London to pursue a career as a drummer. Mick's first gig was in Peter Barden's band The Cheynes. This was followed by stints in the Bo Street Runners, Peter Bs, Shotgun Express (with Rod Stewart), and John Mayall & the Bluesbreakers.
Mick was asked by singer and guitarist Peter Green to join him along with bassist John McVie in his new band Fleetwood Mac. Since then about 20 original albums have been released under the name Fleetwood Mac, by far the most popular being the two mega-platinum sets the group put out in the late seventies: Fleetwood Mac and Rumours.
Mick had a secondary career as a TV and film actor, usually in minor parts such as an episode of Star Trek: The Next Generation called Manhunt in 1989 and an episode of Wiseguy in the same year. He was one of the hosts on the 1988 15th American Music Awards. He co-hosted the 1989 BRIT Awards, which contained numerous gaffes and fluffed lines, with Samantha Fox. In the wake of this, the BRIT Awards were pre-recorded for the next 18 years until 2007.
Mick married Jenny Boyd in 1970, and the couple had two daughters. They later divorced, remarried and then divorced again in 1974. Jenny is the younger sister of Pattie Boyd, whose was married first to George Harrison and later to Eric Clapton.
From 1988 to 1992 he was married to Sara Recor and from 1995 to 2015 he was married to Lynn Frankel and they had twin daughters.
His older sister is the late actress Susan Fleetwood; known for Sacrifice (1986), Clash of the Titans (1981), Young Sherlock Holmes (1985)and The Buddha of Suburbia (1993) Mick is the author of Fleetwood – My Life and Adventures with Fleetwood Mac, the memoirs of his life, especially with Fleetwood Mac, published in 1990.
In 1979, Mick was diagnosed as having Type 1 diabetes, after suffering recurring bouts of hypoglycemia during several live shows. He has lived in the United States since the mid-70s, and became a US citizen in 2006.