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See Fleetwood Mac play bewitching "Rhiannon" on 'The Midnight Special' in 1976

Stevie Nicks and Company wow late-night viewers with a passionate take on the breakout hit from their 1975 self-titled album.

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In July 1975, British-American rock band Fleetwood Mac released their 10th studio album, Fleetwood Mac. The album has the distinction of being the group’s second eponymous release (after their 1968 debut) and also marked the addition of two new members: guitarist Lindsey Buckingham and singer Stevie Nicks.

Fleetwood Mac was a line in the sand for the band. Mick Fleetwood, John McVie and Christine McVie had been steadily moving away from the earlier blues-oriented style of founder Peter Green (who left the band in 1970) and exploring a more pop-leaning style. The self-titled LP was a clear step in that hit-making direction (which they fully realized on their perfect 1977 follow-up Rumours).

The album, which featured the Top 20 singles "Rhiannon," "Over My Head" and "Say You Love Me," slowly but surely climbed to No. 1 on the Billboard 200 (almost a full year after its release) — and has gone on to be certified platinum seven times over.

Back in 1976, Fleetwood Mac appeared on the late-night musical TV show, The Midnight Special, to show off their new lineup and deliver a live performance of “Rhiannon,” which singer Stevie Nicks introduces as "a song about an old Welsh witch." Watch the fittingly bewitching performance above.