A family statement on McVie’s social media pages, the artist passed away “peacefully” while being treated in the hospital “after a short illness.”
Christine McVie of Fleetwood Mac dead at 79
NEW YORK Fleetwood Mac and her family confirmed that Christine McVie, an English hitmaker and keyboardist who rose to stardom in the 1970s as a member of the band, passed away on Wednesday. Age-wise, she was 79.
According to a family statement on McVie’s social media pages, the artist passed away “peacefully” while being treated in the hospital “after a short illness.”
Fleetwood Mac described McVie, who joined the group behind “Rumours” in 1970 and wrote a number of their successes, as “really one-of-a-kind, exceptional, and talented beyond measure” in a separate statement. The statement read, “She was the best musician anyone could have in their band and the best friend anyone could have in their life.
Christine Anne Perfect, an artist studying sculpting who was born in England on July 12, 1943, connected with musicians in the country’s blues scene and launched her budding career in rock.
She joined the blues group Chicken Shack in 1967 and worked as a session pianist on several of Peter Green’s tracks from the Fleetwood Mac album “Mr. Wonderful,” which the group frequently encountered.
She was hitched to bassist and group member John McVie in 1968, and she formally became a part of the band in 1970, playing the keyboard, singing lead, and writing lyrics.McVie wrote several successful songs for the band’s 1975 self-titled album, including “Over My Head” and “Say You Love Me,” when they moved to the United States and welcomed members, Stevie Nicks and Lindsey Buckingham.
Her most popular song, “Don’t Stop,” was featured on the influential “Rumours” album along with “Songbird” and “You Make Loving Fun,” a song about her relationship with the band’s lighting designer.
By the end of the tour, the McVies had split up, putting an end to one of the many well-known, turbulent love tales that provided the inspiration for Fleetwood Mac’s popular songs.
One of the most well-known and significant bands of the 1970s and 1980s, Fleetwood Mac is known for its dynamic lineup changes and juicy internal conflict. In 1998, McVie and other band members were inducted into the Rock & Roll Hall of Fame.