EXPIRED: 10/18/11 – Bob Brunning, 68, was in Fleetwood Mac for a couple of months as the original bass player. But it seems like he was just bait to lure John McVie into that formidable role.
Guitarist Peter Green left the popular London band Bluesbreakers in 1967, and started his own group, Fleetwood Mac after his dream rhythm section —drummer Mick Fleetwood and bassist John McVie. Trouble was that while Fleetwood said yes immediately, McVie stayed on with the Bluesbreakers, mostly for the steady paycheck.
So Green hired Bob Brunning on as a temporary bassist.
A short time later McVie came around, and Brunning got a pink slip.
You can hear him play bass on only one Fleetwood Mac track: “Long Grey Mare” from the band’s debut.
Brunning then joined Savoy Brown before becoming a full time music teacher. And even though you can hear Brunning play bass on only one Fleetwood Mac track (“Long Grey Mare” from the band’s debut) he felt obligated to tell the band’s story not once but three times in the Fleetwood Mac books Behind The Masks, Fleetwood Mac: The First 30 Years, and The Fleetwood Mac Story: Rumours and Lies.