This Day In Rock 04.07.2016
Former Fleetwood Mac guitarist Jeremy Spencer turns 68 today!
“HOLLYWOOD — Hundreds of people get lost in Los Angeles every day. Most of them just forget their way and need directions; others seek to forget where they've been, and they just want to get away.
Jeremy Spencer, vocalist, lead guitarist, and composer for Fleetwood Mac, sits somewhere between the accidentally and the deliberately lost. He sits, in tattered rags, among hundreds of so-called "Bible freaks," in the Children of God "mission" near downtown Los Angeles. He dances, chants, sings, prays, eats – and lives – with the Children of God. And only a week before, he had arrived in town, with the rest of Fleetwood Mac, ready to do a three-day gig at the Whisky.”.
This is the inception of a piece by Ben Fong-Torres (titled 'Fleetwood Mac stolen away') which appeared on the American Rolling Stone on March 18, 1971.
Sure enough guitarist Fleetwood Mac guitarist Jeremy Spencer leaved the band mysteriously just before their American tour on February 1971.
Born Jeremy Cedric Spencer on July 4, 1948 in Hartlepool, England, he's best known as one of the guitarists in the original line-up of Fleetwood Mac. A member since Fleetwood Mac's inception in July 1967, he remained with the band until his abrupt departure in February 1971, when he joined a religious group called the "Children of God", now known as “The Family International”, with which he is still affiliated. After a pair of solo albums in the 1970s, he continued to tour as a musician, but did not release another album until 2006. Releasing further solo albums in 2012 and 2014, Spencer has also recorded as part of the folk trio Steetley.
Spencer was inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame in 1998, for his past work as a member of Fleetwood Mac.