Remembering – Bob Brunning
Little known fact time. Who was the original bass player in Fleetwood Mac. Bob Brunning of course, the guy I am writing about. Unfortunately, he passed away on October 18. Peter Green started up Fleetwood Mac and wanted Mick Fleetwood and John McVie for the rhythm section. Mick was the Fleetwood and John was the Mac for the band name. John McVie was with a band and earning a steady income so was not keen on joining up. Peter then hired Bob Brunning to be the bass player on a temporary (maybe permanent)basis while he waited and hoped McVie would change his mind, which he did a few weeks later. Bob’s career lasted a few weeks but he did contribute the bass on one song on the band’s debut album (Fleetwood Mac), “Long Grey Mare”.
After leaving Fleetwood Mac, he went on to play with Savoy Brownthen ended up with the blues group “The Lonesome Whistle Blues Band”. which morphed into the “De-luxe Blues Band”. He was a mainstay of the British blues scene for over 30 years. The track included here is Bob’s first gig with The Lonesome Whistle Blues Band and is live. Enjoy the video. RIP Bob Brunning.
- Bob Brunning: Original bass player with Fleetwood Mac (independent.co.uk)