Fleetwood Mac are a British-American rock band, formed in London in 1967. They have sold more than 100 million records worldwide, making them one of the world's best-selling bands. In 1998, select members of Fleetwood Mac were inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame and received the Brit Award for Outstanding Contribution to Music. Fleetwood Mac was founded by guitarist Peter Green, drummer Mick Fleetwood and guitarist Jeremy Spencer. Bassist John McVie completed the lineup for their self-titled debut album. Danny Kirwan joined as a third guitarist in 1968. Keyboardist Christine Perfect, who contributed as a session musician from the second album, married McVie and joined in 1970. At this time it was a British blues band, scoring a UK number one with "Albatross", had lesser hits with the singles "Oh Well" and "Black Magic Woman". All three guitarists left in succession during the early 1970s, to be replaced by guitarists Bob Welch and Bob Weston and vocalist Dave Walker. By 1974, all three had either departed or been dismissed, leaving the band without a male lead vocalist or guitarist.
In late 1974, while Fleetwood was scouting studios in Los Angeles, he was introduced to folk-rock duo Lindsey Buckingham and Stevie Nicks. Fleetwood Mac soon asked Buckingham to be their new lead guitarist, Buckingham agreed on condition that Nicks would join the band; the addition of Buckingham and Nicks gave the band a more pop rock sound, their 1975 self-titled album, Fleetwood Mac, reached No. 1 in the U. S. Rumours, Fleetwood Mac's second album after the arrival of Buckingham and Nicks, produced four U. S. Top 10 remained at number one on the American albums chart for 31 weeks, it reached the top spot in various countries around the world and won a Grammy Award for Album of the Year in 1978. Rumours has sold over 40 million copies worldwide, making it the eighth-highest-selling album in history; the band went through personal turmoil while recording the album, as both the romantic partnerships in the band separated while continuing to make music together. The band's personnel remained stable through three more studio albums, but by the late 1980s began to disintegrate.
After Buckingham and Nicks each left the band, a 1993 one-off performance for the first inauguration of Bill Clinton featured the lineup of Fleetwood, John McVie, Christine McVie and Buckingham back together for the first time in six years. A full reunion occurred four years and the group released their fourth U. S. No. 1 album, The Dance, a live compilation of their work. Christine McVie continued to work with the band in a session capacity. Meanwhile, the group remained together as a four-piece, releasing their most recent studio album, Say You Will, in 2003. Christine McVie rejoined the band full-time in 2014. In 2018, Buckingham was fired from the band and was replaced by Mike Campbell of Tom Petty and the Heartbreakers, Neil Finn of Split Enz and Crowded House. Fleetwood Mac were formed in July 1967 in London, when Peter Green left the British blues band John Mayall & the Bluesbreakers. Peter Green had replaced guitarist Eric Clapton in the Bluesbreakers and had received critical acclaim for his work on their album A Hard Road.
Green had been in two bands with Mick Fleetwood, Peter B's Looners and the subsequent Shotgun Express, suggested Fleetwood as a replacement for drummer Aynsley Dunbar when Dunbar left the Bluesbreakers to join the new Jeff Beck/Rod Stewart band. John Mayall agreed and Fleetwood joined the Bluesbreakers; the Bluesbreakers now consisted of Green, John McVie and Mayall. Mayall gave Green free recording time as a gift, in which Fleetwood, McVie and Green recorded five songs; the fifth song was an instrumental that Green named after the rhythm section, "Fleetwood Mac". Soon after this, Green suggested to Fleetwood; the pair wanted McVie on bass guitar and named the band'Fleetwood Mac' to entice him, but McVie opted to keep his steady income with Mayall rather than take a risk with a new band. In the meantime Peter Green and Mick Fleetwood had teamed up with slide guitarist Jeremy Spencer and bassist Bob Brunning. Brunning was in the band on the understanding; the Green, Spencer, Brunning version of the band made its debut on 13 August 1967 at the Windsor Jazz and Blues Festival as'Peter Green's Fleetwood Mac' featuring Jeremy Spencer.
Brunning played only a few gigs with Fleetwood Mac. Within weeks of this show, John McVie agreed to join the band as permanent bassist. Fleetwood Mac's self-titled debut album was a no-frills blues album and was released by the Blue Horizon label in February 1968. There were no other players on the album; the album reached no. 4, although it did not have any singles on it. The band soon released two singles: "Black Magic Woman" and "Need Your Love So Bad"; the band's second studio album, Mr. Wonderful, was released in August 1968. Like their first album, it was all blues; the album was recorded live in the studio with miked amplifiers and a PA system, rather than being plugged into the board. They added horns and featured a friend of the band on keyboards, Christine Perfect of Chicken Shack. Shortly after the release of their second album Fleetwood Mac added 18-year-old guitarist Danny Kirwan to their line-up, he was recruited from the South London blues trio Boilerhouse, which consisted of Kirwan on guitar, Trevor Stevens on bass and Dave Terrey on drums.
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Stephanie Lynn Nicks is an American singer and songwriter. Nicks is best known for her work as a songwriter and vocalist with Fleetwood Mac, for her chart-topping solo career, she is known for her distinctive voice, mystical stage persona, poetic, symbolic lyrics. Collectively, her work both as a member of Fleetwood Mac and as a solo artist has produced over forty top-50 hits and sold over 140 million records, making her one of the best-selling music acts of all time with Fleetwood Mac. Nicks has been named one of the 100 Greatest Songwriters of All Time, as one of the world's top "100 Greatest Singers of All Time" by Rolling Stone, she is the only woman to have been inducted twice into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame, having been inducted as a member of Fleetwood Mac in 1998 and as a solo artist in 2019. She has garnered eight Grammy Award nominations and two American Music Award nominations as a solo artist, she has won numerous awards with Fleetwood Mac, including a Grammy Award and five Grammy Award nominations.
Nicks joined Fleetwood Mac in 1975 along with her boyfriend, Lindsey Buckingham. Rumours, Fleetwood Mac's second album after the incorporation of Nicks and Buckingham, was the best-selling album of the year of its release and to date has sold over 40 million copies worldwide, making it the fifth biggest-selling studio album of all time; the album remained at number one on the American albums chart for 31 weeks and reached number one in various countries worldwide. The album won the Grammy Award for Album of the Year in 1978, it produced four U. S. top-10 singles, with Nicks's "Dreams" being the band's first and only U. S. number-one hit. In 1981, while remaining a member of Fleetwood Mac, Nicks began her solo career, releasing the album Bella Donna, which topped the Billboard album charts and has reached multiplatinum status, she has released a total of eight solo studio albums to date, with her most recent, titled 24 Karat Gold: Songs from the Vault, released in October 2014. Stephanie "Stevie" Nicks was born at Good Samaritan Hospital in Phoenix, Arizona, to Jess Nicks, former president of Greyhound's Armour-Dial, Barbara Nicks, a homemaker.
Nicks is of German and Irish ancestry. Nicks's grandfather, Aaron Jess "A. J." Nicks, Sr. a struggling country music singer, taught Nicks to sing duets with him by the time she was four years old. Nicks's mother was so protective that she kept her at home "more than most people" and during that time fostered in her daughter a love of fairy tales; the infant Stephanie could pronounce her own name only as "tee-dee", which led to her nickname of "Stevie". Her father's frequent relocation as a food business executive had the family living in Phoenix, Albuquerque, El Paso, Salt Lake City, Los Angeles, San Francisco during Nicks's youth. With the Goya guitar that she received for her 16th birthday, Nicks wrote her first song, "I've Loved and I've Lost, I'm Sad But Not Blue", she spent her adolescence playing records and lived in her "own little musical world". While attending Arcadia High School in Arcadia, she joined her first band, the Changing Times, a folk rock group focused on vocal harmonies. Nicks met her future musical and romantic partner, Lindsey Buckingham, during her senior year at Menlo-Atherton High School.
When she saw Buckingham playing "California Dreamin'" at Young Life club, she joined him in harmony. She recalled, "I thought he was a darling." Buckingham was in a psychedelic rock band, but two of its musicians were leaving for college. He asked Nicks in mid-1967 to replace guitarist Jody Moreing. For the next three years, Fritz was composed of Nicks on lead vocals, Buckingham on bass and vocals, Brian Kane on lead guitar, Javier Pacheco on keyboards, Bob Aguirre on drums. Pacheco was the main songwriter, with a psychedelic bent, but Nicks's compositions brought a country rock flair. Fritz became popular as a live act when it opened for Jimi Hendrix and Janis Joplin from 1968 until 1970. Nicks credits the acts as having inspired her stage performance. Both Nicks and Buckingham attended San Jose State University, where Nicks majored in speech communication and planned to become an English teacher. Nicks dropped out of college the semester before graduation. After Fritz disbanded in 1972, Nicks and Buckingham continued to write as a duo, recording demo tapes at night in Daly City on a one-inch, four-track Ampex tape machine Buckingham kept at the coffee-roasting plant belonging to his father, Morris.
They secured a deal with Polydor Records, released the album Buckingham Nicks in 1973. The album was not a commercial success, despite the live shows that Nicks and Buckingham performed together to support it, Polydor dropped the pair. To support herself and Buckingham, who wrote music while recovering from mononucleosis, Nicks worked a variety of jobs, including waiting and a stint cleaning producer Keith Olsen's house, where Nicks and Buckingham lived for a time before moving in with Richard Dashut. Nicks says. "We were told that it was recreational and that it was not dangerous," Nicks told Chris Isaak in 2009. Nicks and Buckingham moved in with Dashut in 1972. While there, Buckingham landed a guitar-playing gig with the Everly Brothers and toured with them while Nicks stayed behind working on songs. During this time, Nicks wrote "Rhiannon" after seeing the name in the novel Triad by Mary Leader, she wrote "Landslide", inspired by the scenery of Aspen and her inner turmoil over her decision to pursue music and her relationship with Buckingham.
In late 1974, Keith Olsen played the Buckingham Nicks track "Frozen Love" for drummer Mick Fleet
John Graham McVie is a British bass guitarist, best known as a member of the rock bands John Mayall & the Bluesbreakers from 1964 to 1967 and Fleetwood Mac since 1967. His surname, combined with that of Mick Fleetwood, was the inspiration for the band's name, he joined Fleetwood Mac shortly after its formation by guitarist Peter Green in 1967, replacing temporary bass guitarist Bob Brunning. McVie and Fleetwood are the only two members of the group to appear on every Fleetwood Mac release, for over forty years have been the group's only remaining original members. In 1968, McVie married blues pianist and singer Christine Perfect, who became a member of Fleetwood Mac two years later. John and Christine McVie divorced in 1977. Around this time the band recorded the album Rumours, a major artistic and commercial success that borrowed its title from the turmoils in McVie's and other band members' marriages and relationships, he was inducted into the Roll Hall of Fame in 1998 as a member of Fleetwood Mac.
John Graham McVie was born in Ealing in Middlesex, to Reg and Dorothy McVie and attended Walpole Grammar School. He says that he did have a sister, but she died when she was young. John McVie started playing the trumpet at an early age at age 14, McVie began playing the guitar in local bands, covering songs by The Shadows, he soon realised that his friends were learning lead guitar so he decided to play the bass guitar instead. He just removed the bottom two strings from his guitar to play the bass parts until his father bought him a pink Fender bass guitar, the same as that used by McVie's major early musical influence Jet Harris, The Shadows' bass player. McVie was in 3J class with Roger Warwick, a baritone sax player who had studied under Don Rendell and was to emerge in the London rock-jazz scene, their teacher, Mr Howell, although not appreciating this "funny" music, was intelligent and open-minded enough to give pupils space and time to use school facilities to practise and listen to the new wave.
Soon after leaving school at 17, McVie trained for 9 months to be a tax inspector. This coincided with the start of his musical career. McVie's first experience making music with a group of like minds was in the back room of a house in Lammas Park Road, Ealing with his long term friends John and Peter Barnes who went on to form a group called The Strangers with friends Tony Wells and Ken Pollendine performing Shadows covers. McVie's first job as a bass player was in a band called the Krewsaders, formed by boys living in the same street as McVie in Ealing, West London; the Krewsaders played at weddings and parties, covering songs from The Shadows. Around the time of McVie's tenure as a tax inspector, John Mayall began forming a Chicago-style blues band, John Mayall's Bluesbreakers. Mayall wanted to recruit bass player Cliff Barton of the Cyril Davies All Stars for the rhythm section of his new band. Barton declined, but gave him McVie's phone number, urging Mayall to give the talented young bass player a chance in the Bluesbreakers.
Mayall contacted McVie, asked him to audition for his band. Soon thereafter, McVie got an offer to play bass in the Bluesbreakers. McVie accepted while still holding down his daytime job for a further nine months before becoming a musician full-time. Under Mayall's tutelage, McVie, not having had any formal training in music, learned to play the blues by listening to B. B. King and Willie Dixon records given to him by Mayall. John McVie was the bands bassist for four and a half years. During that time John McVie was fired and re- hired several times. One of his temporary replacements was Jack Bruce. In 1966, a young Peter Green was asked to join Mayall's Bluesbreakers as the band's new lead guitar player, after Eric Clapton, the third guitarist with the band, had left; some time after the recording of A Hard Road, drummer Aynsley Dunbar was replaced by Mick Fleetwood. Green, McVie, Fleetwood forged a strong personal relationship, when John Mayall gave Green some free studio time for his birthday, Green asked McVie and Fleetwood to join him for a recording session.
Produced by Mike Vernon, they recorded three tracks together, "Curly", "Rubber Duck", an instrumental called "Fleetwood Mac". The same year, after having been replaced by Mick Taylor in the Bluesbreakers, Green opted to form his own band, which he called "Fleetwood Mac" after his preferred rhythm section. Mick Fleetwood joined Green's new band, having been dismissed earlier from the Bluesbreakers for drunkenness. However, McVie was reluctant to join Fleetwood Mac, not wanting to leave the security and well-paid job in the Bluesbreakers, forcing Green to temporarily hire a bassist named Bob Brunning. A few weeks McVie changed his mind, however, as he felt that The Bluesbreakers musical direction were shifting too much towards jazz, he joined Fleetwood Mac in September 1967. With McVie now in Fleetwood Mac, the band recorded its first album, the eponymous Fleetwood Mac in the following months; the album was released in February 1968, became an immediate national hit, establishing Fleetwood Mac as a major part in the English Blues movement.
Fleetwood Mac started playing live gigs in blues clubs and pubs throughout England, became a household name in the national blues circuit. In the next three years, the band scored a string of hits in the UK and enjoyed success in continental Europe. While on tour, Fleetwood Mac would share venues with fellow blues band Chicken Shack, it was on one such occasion that McVie met his future wife, the lead singer and piano player of Chicken Shack, Christine Perfect. Foll
A Fine Mess (film)
A Fine Mess is a 1986 American comedy film written and directed by Blake Edwards and starring Ted Danson and Howie Mandel. The film was intended as a remake of Laurel & Hardy's classic short The Music Box" and was to be semi-improvised in the same style as the director's earlier comedy The Party, but studio interference, poor previews and subsequent re-editing resulted in the film becoming a scripted chase comedy with little of the original ideas for the film remaining intact. Writer/director Blake Edwards gave television interviews telling audiences to avoid the film, it performed poorly at the box office. While filming on location at a race track, womanizing bit actor Spencer Holden, who lives life on one scam after another, overhears a couple of inept thugs named Binky and Turnip while they dope a race horse with a supposed undetectable super stimulant; the thugs find out that Spence overheard them and will do anything to catch him to prevent him from going to the authorities with the information.
Spence, enlists the help of his best friend, drive-in carhop and aspiring restaurateur Dennis Powell, to bet on the race with that horse so that they can make some guaranteed money. Spence and Dennis end up having to outrun not only the thugs, who manage to put a few bullet holes in Spence's car, but the police after they find Spence's bullet-riddled car and after the race horse, Sorry Sue, dies from the drugs; the plot includes an antique player piano of which Dennis comes into possession, sympathetic but naive auction house employee Ellen Frankenthaler, attracted to Dennis, exotically beautiful Claudia Pazzo, the wife of local Italian mob boss Tony Pazzo, interested in buying the piano and whom Spence can't resist. Ted Danson as Spence Holden Howie Mandel as Dennis Powell Richard Mulligan as Wayne'Turnip' Parragella Stuart Margolin as Maurice'Binky' Drundza María Conchita Alonso as Claudia Pazzo Jennifer Edwards as Ellen Frankenthaler Paul Sorvino as Tony Pazzo Rick Ducommun as Wardell Flecken Keye Luke as Ishimine Ed Herlihy as TV Reporter Walter Charles as Auctioneer Tawny Moyer as Leading Lady Emma Walton as First Extra Carrie Leigh as Second Extra Sharan Lea as Young Girl Dennis Franz as Phil Larry Storch as Leopold Klop A Fine Mess received negative reviews, including one from The New York Times, which stated "Mr. Edwards, who on happier occasions gave us the Pink Panther movies, piles on the pileups until you may suspect that he is trying to distract the audience from the absence of a diverting story or dialogue.
The 11 musical numbers by some well-known performers seem designed for the same purpose." Edwards avoided doing interviews promoting the film and when he did them, he explicitly told audiences to avoid the film altogether since That's Life was debuting in September of that year. The film flopped tremendously on a cost of an undetermined budget, and, in the US, grossed $6,029,824, so it became a box office bomb. "Can't Help Falling In Love" - Christine McVie "Easier Said Than Done" - Chico DeBarge "A Fine Mess" - Temptations "I'm Gonna Be A Wheel Someday" - Los Lobos "Love's Closing In" - Nick Jameson "Moving So Close" - Keith Burston & Darryl Littlejohn "Slow Down" - Billy Vera & Beaters "Stan And Ollie" - Henry Mancini "Walk Like A Man" - Mary Jane Girls "Wishful Thinking" - Smokey Robinson A Fine Mess on IMDb A Fine Mess at AllMovie A Fine Mess at Box Office Mojo A Fine Mess at Rotten Tomatoes "A Fine Mess". TV Tropes
Law and Order (album)
Law and Order is the first solo album by Fleetwood Mac guitarist/vocalist/songwriter Lindsey Buckingham, released in 1981. "Trouble", featuring drumming by Fleetwood Mac drummer Mick Fleetwood, reached No. 9 on the U. S. charts. Lindsey appeared on Saturday Night Live on February 6, 1982 and performed "Trouble" and "Bwana" with Mick Fleetwood's Zoo. All tracks written except where indicated. Main performerLindsey Buckingham – guitar, bass guitar, drums and vocalsAdditional personnelGeorge Hawkins – bass on "Trouble" Mick Fleetwood – drums on "Trouble" Carol Ann Harris – vocals on "It Was I" Christine McVie – background vocals on "Shadow of the West" Two promotional music videos were shot for Law and Order, these included "Trouble" and "It Was I". Neither of these videos are commercially available
William Gary Busey is an American actor. A prolific character actor, Busey has appeared in over 150 films, including Lethal Weapon, Predator 2, Point Break, Under Siege, The Firm, Carried Away, Black Sheep, Lost Highway and Loathing in Las Vegas, The Gingerdead Man and Piranha 3DD. Gary made guest appearances on television shows such as Gunsmoke, Texas Ranger, Law & Order, Scrubs and Entourage. For portraying Buddy Holly in The Buddy Holly Story, Busey was nominated for the Academy Award for Best Actor and won the National Society of Film Critics Award for Best Actor. Busey was born in Goose Creek, the son of Sadie Virginia, a homemaker, Delmer Lloyd Busey, a construction design manager. While he was in fourth grade, Busey moved from Goose Creek to Tulsa, where he attended Bell Junior High School attended and graduated from Nathan Hale High School.. Busey attended Coffeyville Community college before attending Pittsburg State University in Pittsburg, Kansas on a football scholarship, where he became interested in acting.
He transferred to Oklahoma State University in Stillwater, Oklahoma where he quit school just one class short of graduation. Busey began his show business career as a drummer in The Rubber Band, he appears on several Leon Russell recordings, credited as playing drums under the names "Teddy Jack Eddy" and "Sprunk", a character he created when he was a cast member of a local television comedy show in Tulsa, called The Uncanny Film Festival and Camp Meeting on station KTUL. For his skits on Uncanny Film Festival, Busey drew on his American Hero, know-it-all character; when he told Gailard Sartain his character needed a name, Sartain replied, "Take three: Teddy and Eddy."He played in a band called Carp, which released one album on Epic Records in 1969. Busey continued to play several small roles in both television during the 1970s. In 1975, as the character "Harvey Daley," he was the last person killed on the series Gunsmoke. In 1974, Busey made his major film debut with a supporting role in Michael Cimino's buddy action caper Thunderbolt and Lightfoot, starring Clint Eastwood and Jeff Bridges.
In 1976, he was hired by Barbra Streisand and her producer-boyfriend Jon Peters to play Bobby Ritchie, road manager to Kris Kristofferson's character in the remake film A Star is Born. On the DVD commentary of the film, Streisand says Busey was great and that she had seen him on a TV series and thought he had the right qualities to play the role. In 1978, he starred as rock legend Buddy Holly in The Buddy Holly Story with Sartain as The Big Bopper. For his performance, Busey received the greatest critical acclaim of his career and the movie earned Busey an Academy Award nomination for Best Actor and the National Society of Film Critics' Best Actor award. In the same year he starred in the small yet acclaimed drama Straight Time and the surfing movie Big Wednesday, now a minor cult classic. In the 1980s, Busey's roles included the critically acclaimed western Barbarosa, the comedies D. C. Cab and Insignificance, the Stephen King adaptation Silver Bullet, he played one of the primary antagonists opposite Mel Gibson and Danny Glover in the action comedy Lethal Weapon.
In the 1990s, he had prominent supporting roles in successful action films such as Predator 2, Point Break and Under Siege. He appeared in Rookie of the Year, The Firm, Black Sheep, Lost Highway, Fear and Loathing in Las Vegas. Busey sang the song "Stay All Night" on Saturday Night Live in March 1979, on the Late Show with David Letterman in the 1990s. In 2002, Busey voiced the character Phil Cassidy in the video game Grand Theft Auto: Vice City and reprises the role in the prequel Grand Theft Auto: Vice City Stories in 2006, he received much praise from fans for his portrayal of the outlandish character. In 2003, Busey starred in a Comedy Central reality show, I'm with Busey. In 2005, he voiced himself in an episode of The Simpsons and appeared in the popular miniseries Into the West. Busey controversially appeared in the 2006 Turkish nationalist film Valley of the Wolves: Iraq, accused of fascism, anti-Americanism and anti-Semitism. In 2007, he appeared as himself in a prominent recurring role on HBO's Entourage, in which he parodied his eccentric image appearing on three episodes of the show.
In 2008, he joined. Busey returned to reality television in Celebrity Apprentice 4, which premiered in March 2011, appeared again in Celebrity Apprentice 6. There, he reprised his role as Buddy Holly by performing "Not Fade Away". In a series of 2010 YouTube advertisements for Vitamin Water, Busey appeared as Norman Tugwater, a lawyer who defends professional athletes' entitlements to a cut from Fantasy Football team owners. In 2014, he became a celebrity spokesperson for Amazon Fire TV; that August, he appeared in, became the first American winner of the fourteenth series of the UK version of Celebrity Big Brother. On September 1, 2015, it was announced that he would be competing on the 21st season of Dancing with the Stars, he was paired with professional dancer Anna Trebunskaya. Busey and Trebunskaya made it to Week 4 of competition but were eliminated and finished in 10th place. In 1971, Busey's wife Judy Helkenberg gave birth to William Jacob "Jake" Busey. Busey and Helkenberg divorced. Busey has a daughter named Al
National Lampoon's Vacation
National Lampoon's Vacation, sometimes referred to as Vacation, is a 1983 American road comedy film directed by Harold Ramis and starring Chevy Chase, Beverly D'Angelo, Randy Quaid, Dana Barron, Anthony Michael Hall. John Candy, Imogene Coca, Christie Brinkley, a young Jane Krakowski appear in supporting roles; the screenplay was written by John Hughes, based on his short story "Vacation'58" which appeared in National Lampoon. The film was a box-office hit, earning more than $60 million in the US with an estimated budget of $15 million, received positive reviews from critics; as a result of its success, four sequels have been produced: European Vacation, Christmas Vacation, Vegas Vacation, most Vacation which serves as both a reboot and a continuation. In 2000, readers of Total Film voted it the 46th greatest comedy film of all time, it continues to be a staple on cable television. Clark Griswold, wanting to spend more time with his wife Ellen and children Rusty and Audrey, decides to lead the family on a cross-country expedition from the Chicago suburbs to the southern California amusement park Walley World, billed as "America's Favorite Family Fun Park."
Ellen wants to fly. He has ordered a new car in preparation for the trip, but the dealer claims that it will not be ready for six weeks. Clark is forced to accept a Wagon Queen Family Truckster, an ugly, out-sized station wagon, as the car he brought to trade in has been hauled away and crushed. During the family's travels, they run into numerous mishaps, such as being tagged by vandals in a rundown area of St. Louis, while Clark is tantalized on numerous occasions by a beautiful young woman driving a flashy red 1983 Ferrari, they stop in Coolidge, Kansas to visit Ellen's cousin Catherine and her husband Eddie, who foist cranky Aunt Edna and her mean dog Dinky on the Griswolds, asking them to drop her off at her son Norman's home in Phoenix. After stopping at a decrepit and dirty campground in Colorado for the night, Clark forgets to untie Dinky's leash from the bumper before driving off the next morning, killing the dog. A state trooper pulls the Griswolds over and angrily lectures Clark over animal cruelty but accepts Clark's apology.
Exiting Colorado, Ellen loses her bag which had her credit cards, forcing Clark to cash a check for future spending. While Ellen and Clark argue during a drive between Utah and Arizona, they crash and become stranded in the desert. After setting off alone in the desert to look for help, Clark reunites with his family, who have been rescued and taken to a local mechanic; the mechanic extorts Clark's remaining cash only to render the car operational. Frustrated, they stop at the Grand Canyon. Leaving, they find, they tie the deceased to the roof of the car, wrapped in a tarpaulin. When they reach Norman's home, they discover he is out of town and leave Edna's body at the back door. Having enough of the road-trip and of the mishaps they encountered and the children want to go back home, but Clark has become obsessed in reaching Walley World and they continue on. After an argument with Ellen, Clark meets the Ferrari-driving blonde beauty at a hotel and goes skinny-dipping with her in its pool, but they are discovered by the family before anything untowards can transpire.
Ellen forgives Clark, the couple goes skinny-dipping as well. Despite the family's misfortunes, they arrive the next day, only to discover the park closed for the next two weeks for repairs. Slipping into madness and realizing that all his efforts have been for nothing, Clark buys a realistic-looking BB gun and demands that park security guard Russ Lasky take them through Walley World. An LAPD SWAT team arrives, along with park owner Roy Walley. Roy understands Clark's impassioned longing to achieve the perfect vacation, bringing back memories of his own family vacation headaches, he decides not to file criminal charges against the Griswolds and lets the family – and the SWAT team – enjoy the park as his guests. During the Chicago Blizzard of 1979, writer John Hughes began developing a short story entitled "Vacation'58" for an issue of the National Lampoon. While the story ended up being bumped from the initial vacation-themed issue, it was published in September 1979 and subsequently optioned by Warner Bros.
"When I brought it to Hollywood, the first guy I brought it to was Jeff Katzenberg, at Paramount," recalled producer Matty Simmons, who worked as a publisher at the National Lampoon. "He said it would never make a movie, it was too consequential. I said,'Yeah, it's a road trip. It's supposed to be episodic. You go from town to town, place to place.' But he didn’t like it, so my agent brought it to Warner Brothers, I met with them. Most of them said the same thing, but there was one executive over there—a guy named Mark Canton—who pulled for it and it got made." Upon Simmons' agreement with Warner Bros. Hughes was assigned the task of adapting his original story into a screenplay. Filming lasted 55 days. Parts of the film were shot in Utah. In Hughes' original short story, the theme park was Disneyland. To avoid legal troubles, all of the names asso