Christine McVie of Fleetwood Mac Passes Away at Age 79

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Christine Anne McVie, born on July 12, 1943, and died on November 30, 2022 was a singer and musician from England. She was primarily recognized as a keyboardist and singer for the band Fleetwood Mac, which she joined in 1970. Three solo albums were also released by her. Her lyrics were primarily about relationships and love. 

She was “unabashedly easy-on-the-ears singer/songwriter, and the key mover behind some of Fleetwood Mac’s biggest songs,” according to Steve Leggett of AllMusic. Eight of the songs she wrote or co-wrote for Fleetwood Mac’s 1988 Greatest Hits album, including “Don’t Stop,” “Everywhere,” and “Little Lies,” were her original compositions.

Fleetwood Mac announced on Wednesday that famed keyboardist and singer Christine McVie had passed away at the age of 79.

The band’s statement said, “There are no words to adequately describe our sorrow at Christine McVie’s loss.

“We were so lucky to have a life with Christine. Individually and collectively, we cherished Christine deeply and are thankful for the amazing memories we have. She will be so very missed. She was truly one-of-a-kind, special, and talented beyond measure. She was the best musician anyone could have in their band, and she was the best friend anyone could have in their life.

The iconic band’s biggest singles, including “Little Lies,” “Everywhere,” “Don’t Stop,” “Say You Love Me,” and “Songbird,” were written by McVie, a phenomenal songwriter.

When Did McVie Join Fleetwood?

After getting married to John McVie, who was already on tour with the band, she became a member of Fleetwood Mac in 1970. She quit the group in 1998 and came back in 2014.

NEW YORK, NEW YORK – MARCH 29: Mike Campbell, John McVie, inductee Stevie Nicks, Christine McVie and Mick Fleetwood of Fleetwood Mac pose in the press room during attends the 2019 Rock & Roll Hall Of Fame Induction Ceremony – Press Room at Barclays Center on March 29, 2019 in New York City. (Photo by Kevin Mazur/Getty Images For The Rock and Roll Hall of Fame)

The band was a constant source of curiosity for fans during its most successful commercial years, from 1975 to 1980, when it sold tens of millions of records and turned its own struggles into catchy, appealing songs.

Rumours, one of the best-selling albums of all time, was released in 1977 and included a notably detailed account of McVie’s marriage breakdown as well as the breakup of Stevie Nicks and Lindsay Buckingham.

The Rock & Roll Hall of Fame inducted drummer Mick Fleetwood’s Fleetwood Mac in 1998. Fleetwood Mac was co-founded in 1967. “Dreams,” “Go Your Own Way,” and “Little Lies” were just a few of the group’s other popular tunes. Christine Perfect gave birth to McVie in the Lake District of England in 1943.

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