Rick Vito

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Rick Vito
Birth name Richard Vito
Born (1949-10-13) October 13, 1949 (age 68)
Darby, Pennsylvania, United States
Genres Rock, pop, blues
Occupation(s) Musician, Songwriter
Instruments Guitar, vocals, bass guitar, keyboards
Years active 1969 – present
Associated acts Fleetwood Mac
Mick Fleetwood's Island Rumours Band
Mick Fleetwood Blues Band
Stevie Nicks
Jackson Browne
Bob Seger & The Silver Bullet Band[1]
Maria Muldaur
Todd Rundgren
Dolly Parton
Billy Burnette
John Mayall & the Bluesbreakers
Roger McGuinn
Bonnie Raitt

Richard Francis "Rick" Vito (born October 13, 1949 in Darby, Pennsylvania, United States) is an American guitarist and singer. He was part of Fleetwood Mac between 1987 and 1991. Vito took over as lead guitarist after Lindsey Buckingham left Fleetwood Mac.[2] He is best known for his blues and slide guitar style, whose influences include Elmore James, Robert Nighthawk, B.B. King, Alvino Rey, Les Paul, Mohan Bhatt, George Harrison and Keith Richards.

Vito has been a featured player on Bob Seger's albums since 1986. He played the famous slide guitar solo on the Bob Seger song and Chevy truck ad, "Like a Rock". He was a long-standing member of Bonnie Raitt's touring band in the 1990s. Rick also played with John Mayall, Jackson Browne, Little Richard, Roger McGuinn, Bobby Whitlock, Dobie Gray, John Fogerty, Delaney & Bonnie, Albert Collins, Dolly Parton, Maria Muldaur, and others. Vito tours often in Europe with his own band. He produced rockabilly singer Rosie Flores' CD, "Speed of Sound." His CD/DVD production collaboration with Mick Fleetwood, Blue Again! was Grammy nominated in 2010. Vito is also the recipient of the W.C. Handy Blues Award. His latest CD, "Mojo On My Side," was released in Europe in 2014, and worldwide in 2015 on Delta Groove Records with two new tracks.

He played with the Mick Fleetwood Blues Band at Byron Bay Bluesfest over Easter 2016.[3]

Fleetwood Mac[edit]

In 1987, Lindsey Buckingham quit Fleetwood Mac before the band begun their Tango In The Night Tour.[4] Fleetwood Mac Drummer Mick Fleetwood asked Billy Burnette to join the group as the lead guitarist, but Burnette declined to join unless his friend Rick Vito also joined, and Vito was named lead guitarist. Fleetwood accepted and Rick Vito and Billy Burnette joined Fleetwood Mac in September 1987.[5] Vito quit Fleetwood Mac in November 1991 to spend more time working on his solo career.[6] Despite his departure from the group, Vito joined his former bandmates Christine McVie, Mick Fleetwood, Billy Burnette, and John McVie to play the pre-game show of Super Bowl XXVII in January 1993.[7] Vito would later join the Mick Fleetwood Blues Band in 2008 and record a live album Blue Again!, which was nominated for a Grammy Award for Best Blues Album in 2010.



  • 1969 The Wright Brothers (an unreleased 4-song EP, recorded/produced by colleague Neil Kempfer-Stocker). Lead guitar.

With Fleetwood Mac[edit]

The Mick Fleetwood Blues Band Featuring Rick Vito[edit]

  • 2008 : Blue Again!
  • 2016 : Live At The Belly Up Tavern

Solo albums[edit]

  • 1992 King Of Hearts
  • 1996 Bluestown
  • 1998 Pink & Black
  • 2000 Lucky Devils
  • 2001 Crazy Cool
  • 2003 Band Box Boogie
  • 2005 Rattlesnake Shake
  • 2006 Talk That Talk
  • 2009 Lucky In Love: The Best of Rick Vito
  • 2014 Mojo On My Side (European Version)
  • 2015 Mojo On My Side (Worldwide Version)

Guest performances[edit]



  1. ^ Martin E. Adelson. "Rick Vito". Discog.fleetwoodmac.net. Retrieved 2015-11-04. 
  2. ^ Furman, Leah (2003). Rumours Exposed: The Unauthorized Biography of Fleetwood Mac. Kensington Publishing Corporation. p. 196. ISBN 9780806524726. Retrieved 3 November 2014. 
  3. ^ "Byron Bay Bluesfest". Bluesfest.com.au. Retrieved 2016-09-05. 
  4. ^ Ressner, Jeffrey (1987-09-24). "Lindsey Buckingham Leaves Fleetwood Mac". Rolling Stone. Retrieved 2015-11-04. 
  5. ^ Martin E. Adelson (1949-10-13). "Rick Vito". Fleetwoodmac.net. Retrieved 2015-11-04. 
  6. ^ "Fleetwood Mac Timeline for the 1990s". Fleetwoodmac-uk.com. Retrieved 2015-11-04. 
  7. ^ "Say You Love Me 1993 Superbowl". YouTube. 2015-02-14. Retrieved 2015-11-04. 

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