You Make Loving Fun

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"You Make Loving Fun"
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Single by Fleetwood Mac
from the album Rumours
B-side
ReleasedSeptember 1977
Recorded1976
GenrePop rock
Length3:36
LabelWarner Bros.
Songwriter(s)Christine McVie
Producer(s)
Fleetwood Mac US singles chronology
"Don't Stop"
(1977)
"You Make Loving Fun"
(1977)
"Tusk"
(1979)
Rumours track listing

"You Make Loving Fun" is a song written and sung by Christine McVie of British-American rock band Fleetwood Mac. The song was released as the fourth and final 45 rpm single from the band's 1977 album Rumours. "You Make Loving Fun" was the album's fourth top-ten hit, as the song peaked at No. 9 on the US Billboard Hot 100.

Background[edit]

The song was inspired by an affair Christine McVie had with the band's lighting director, Curry Grant.[1] "To avoid flare-ups", she told her then-husband and fellow band member, John McVie that the song was about her dog.[2]

Early tracking of the song was done, according to McVie, in the absence of Lindsey Buckingham, which gave her the freedom to "build the song on [her] own".[2]. Buckingham played rhythm guitar on a Fender Stratocaster, and tracking was done with a Rhodes Electric Piano, and Nicks played the tambourine. John McVie's bass was re-recorded, and Christine McVie dubbed Hohner Clavinet parts.[2] The song uses descending seconds in its chord progression.[3] In an interview with the New York Post, McVie remarked that she wanted it to be the third US single from the album, but "Don't Stop" was chosen instead.[1]

"You Make Loving Fun" was a concert staple for Fleetwood Mac and was played during every tour that included Christine McVie from 1976 until 1997, a year before McVie's departure from the band and retirement from touring. However, the song was briefly revived for Fleetwood Mac's 2014–2015 tour when McVie rejoined the band.[4]

Reception[edit]

Cash Box said McVie's "magical words are complemented by angelic backing vocals, strident guitar melodies, and the pulsating backbeat reinforced by her own electric keyboard."[5]

Personnel[edit]

Charts and certifications[edit]

Cover versions[edit]

Cyndi Lauper covered "You Make Loving Fun" in 1984. A non-album single, it was only released in Japan.[16]

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b Furman, Leah (2003). Rumours Exposed: The Unauthorized Biography of Fleetwood Mac. Kensington. pp. 105–106, 133–34. ISBN 9780806524726.
  2. ^ a b c Caillat, Ken; Stiefel, Steve (2012). Making Rumours: The Inside Story of the Classic Fleetwood Mac Album. John Wiley & Sons. pp. 101, 106–110, 195. ISBN 9781118282366.
  3. ^ Stephenson, Ken (2002). What to Listen for in Rock: A Stylistic Analysis. p. 107. ISBN 978-0-300-09239-4.
  4. ^ Kenneth Partridge (October 7, 2014). "Fleetwood Mac Relives Past Peaks & Lows at Madison Square Garden Concert". Billboard. Retrieved October 29, 2014.
  5. ^ "CashBox Singles Reviews" (PDF). Cash Box. October 15, 1977. p. 22. Retrieved 2021-12-26.
  6. ^ "Ken Caillat Revisits Rumours". GRAMMY.com. Retrieved July 29, 2015.
  7. ^ "Nederlandse Top 40 – Fleetwood Mac" (in Dutch). Dutch Top 40.
  8. ^ "Fleetwood Mac – You Make Loving Fun" (in Dutch). Single Top 100.
  9. ^ "Fleetwood Mac – You Make Loving Fun". Top 40 Singles.
  10. ^ "Official Singles Chart Top 100". Official Charts Company.
  11. ^ Joel Whitburn's Top Pop Singles 1955-1990 - ISBN 0-89820-089-X
  12. ^ Whitburn, Joel (1993). Top Adult Contemporary: 1961–1993. Record Research. p. 88.
  13. ^ "Image : RPM Weekly - Library and Archives Canada". Bac-lac.gc.ca. Retrieved 2016-10-13.
  14. ^ Whitburn, Joel (1999). Pop Annual. Menomonee Falls, Wisconsin: Record Research Inc. ISBN 0-89820-142-X.
  15. ^ "British single certifications – Fleetwood Mac – You Make Loving Fun". British Phonographic Industry.
  16. ^ Cyndi Lauper – You Make Loving Fun, Discogs.com