top of page

Sugar Daddy - Fleetwood Mac

After five years as Fleetwood Mac's "other" singer songwriter behind Bob Welch, Christine McVie found herself with a new line-up, with couple Lindsey Buckingham and Stevie Nicks replacing the outgoing Welch. Prior to their first meeting Mick Fleetwood was initially dubious about possible negative effects of competition that might occur if there were two women in the band and gave Christine the final say as to whether they should be admitted. She immediately hit it off with Nicks, and the new line-up's unique combination of two female leads and one man was a critical factor in the massive success that ensued.

Released from the pressure of being the only woman amongst a bunch of men, as well as being granted the freedom to write more "poppy" material than previously by the more shamelessly commercial West Coast sounds of Buckingham and Nicks, McVie's songwriting flourished.

The subsequent album, "Fleetwood Mac" eventually reached number one in the US, after months of promotional touring and no less than three US top twenty hit singles from it (two penned and sung by McVie), and the band were on their way.

Christine McVie wrote five of the eleven songs on the album, which, overshadowed by the incredible success of their next LP "Rumours", is often not recognised as the classic it undoubtedly is. "Sugar Daddy" is one of those songs, classic McVie understated vocals, plus some wonderful doubletracked keyboard work on both piano and Hammond organ. Also, the words reflect that strength of mind and pragmatic realism which kept her "going her own way" when the rest of the band were often at each other's throats:

"But when it comes to love,

he'd better leave me alone,

cause I got you babe

and you give me all the love I need....

all that I want

is someone to take care of me

I'm not asking for love,

just a little sympathy..."


bottom of page