Rick Vito

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Rick Vito
Birth name Richard Vito
Born (1949-10-13) October 13, 1949 (age 65)
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 And The Silver Bullet Band[1]
Maria Muldaur
Todd Rundgren
Dolly Parton
Billy Burnette
John Mayall & the Bluesbreakers
Roger McGuinn

Richard Francis "Rick" Vito (born October 13, 1949, 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, and 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.

Fleetwood Mac[edit]

In 1987, Lindsey Buckingham quit Fleetwood Mac before the band begun their Tango In The Night Tour.[3] 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.[4] Vito quit Fleetwood Mac in November 1991 to spend more time working on his solo career.[5] 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.[6] 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 as lead guitarist with The Wright Brothers unreleased 4-song E.P. recorded/produced by colleague Neil Kempfer-Stocker.

With Fleetwood Mac[edit]

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
  • 2009 Blue Again! - Mick Fleetwood Blues Band featuring Rick Vito
  • 2014 "Mojo On My Side" European Version
  • 2015 "Mojo On My Side" Worldwide Version

Guest performances[edit]



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