Herbert “Herbie” Wheeler Worthington lll (May 25, 1944 – November 2013), was an influential rock and roll photographer until his death at 69, in 2013. There was no HWW “Senior”, or HWW “Junior”. Herbie added the III himself. He was best known as the photographer for Fleetwood Mac and Stevie Nicks (including the covers for her first two albums, Bella Donna and The Wild Heart). It was his photograph that was run on the cover of the Fleetwood Mac Rumours album and was instrumental in creating the iconic imagery (like the crystal ball) that is still associated with Fleetwood Mac today. He photographed over 40 covers for several bands and artists, including Buddy Miles, Paris, Jesse Cutler 20/20 and Lita Ford, among many others, in his 30+ years as a rock music photographer.
Worthington grew up in South Los Angeles, and in the 1960s he started associating with the music scene. Later, in the early 1970s, while living with his friend Buddy Miles, a friend gave him a camera and Worthington’s brother helped show him how to use it. Living and working with Buddy Miles, Worthington got to know other musicians, such as Steve Winwood, Sly Stone and Jimi Hendrix. Hendrix became a very close friend, and Worthington would end up traveling with Hendrix on several shows in 1969.