Top Of The Pops Thursday: Fleetwood Mac – The Chain


From a 1977 gig in Japan, this is Fleetwood Mac performing their signature song The Chain,  from the album Rumours:

Of course, in the UK, The Chain is more widely known for the long-running use of the song’s bass/guitar solo as the theme tune to the BBC’s coverage of Formula 1 Grand Prix racing. Here are the opening titles from the 1979 season:

And, right up to date, here is the opening to the 2009 season coverage, which marked the return of Formula 1 to the BBC after 12 years during which rival broadcaster ITV held the UK television rights:

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