Say You Love Me

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"Say You Love Me"
Single by Fleetwood Mac
from the album Fleetwood Mac
B-side "Monday Morning"
Released June 1976 (USA)
September 1976 (UK)
Format Vinyl record
Recorded February 1975
Genre Rock, soft rock
Length 4:11 (album version)
4:01 (single version)
Label Reprise
Writer(s) Christine McVie
Producer(s) Fleetwood Mac, Keith Olsen
Fleetwood Mac singles chronology
"Rhiannon"
(1976)
"Say You Love Me"
(1976)
"Go Your Own Way"
(1977)
Music sample

"Say You Love Me" is a song written by singer Christine McVie, for the group Fleetwood Mac's 1975 album, Fleetwood Mac. The song peaked at #11 on the Billboard Hot 100 for three weeks, and remains one of their best known songs. Its success helped the group's eponymous 1975 album to sell over 8 million copies worldwide.

In the UK, "Say You Love Me" was the fourth single from the Fleetwood Mac album, but the first to chart, where it peaked at #40 on the UK Singles chart in September 1976. In Canada, Shirley Eikhard covered "Say You Love Me" and released it as a single several weeks in advance of Fleetwood Mac in early June 1976. Eikhard took the song into the Canadian top 40, peaking at #34; Fleetwood Mac's version, released only a few weeks later, peaked at #29 in September.

Since McVie's departure, the song has been performed on Fleetwood Mac's Unleashed Tour with Nicks and Buckingham sharing lead vocals.

Background[edit]

Christine wrote this song after her fifth year in the band. During the writing of “Say You Love Me”, Christine McVie was married to John McVie, bassist of Fleetwood Mac.

“Say You Love Me” has been performed on seven of Fleetwood Mac’s tours since its release.[1] Christine and John McVie got divorced in 1977, so of the seven tours that they played this song for three of them they were divorced. This song was the only song where John McVie has ever sung for part of a song—during their recording of The Dance in 1997.

In addition to its appearance on Fleetwood Mac's self-titled 1975 album, “Say You Love Me” appears on two other compilation albums by Fleetwood Mac: Greatest Hits (1988 Fleetwood Mac album) and 25 Years - The Chain.

Personnel[edit]

Cover versions[edit]

In the late half of the 1970s, the song proved to be a popular song to cover in country music. Singer Lynda K. Lance spent five weeks in the fall of 1976 on the American country singles chart with her version, peaking at #93. In the fall of 1979, singer Stephanie Winslow scored the only Top 10 country hit of her career, with her cover reaching #10 on the country charts.

References[edit]

  • The Great Rock Discography, 6th Edition. Martin C.Strong. Page 378.

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