Who is Christine McVie? Life and famous songs of Fleetwood Mac legend
Christine McVie, co-lead and long-time vocalist, songwriter and keyboardist for Fleetwood Mac, passed away on Wednesday November 30.
One of the most famous bands in the 70s and 80s, Fleetwood Mac members included Stevie Nicks, Mick Fleetwood, John McVie and Lindsey Buckingham.
The band confirmed the news of her passing on social media saying: “There are no words to describe our sadness at the passing of Christine McVie. She was truly one-of-a-kind, special and talented beyond measure.”
Christine McVie’s early life
Ms McVie was born in the Lake District village of Bouth, but grew up near Birmingham.
The singer came from a musical family. Her father, Cyril Percy Absell Perfect, was a concert violinist and music lecturer at St Peter’s College of Education in Birmingham and her grandfather was an organist at Westminster Abbey.
She was introduced to the piano at a young age and was classically trained until the age of 15 but went on to study sculpture at Moseley School of Art in Birmingham, where she met blues bar musicians and joined a band, Chicken Shack.
Chicken Shack and Fleetwood Mac often met while on tour, and Ms McVie eventually married John McVie, bassist for Fleetwood Mac, and later joined the band and became an integral part of it.
Christine McVie’s most famous songs
In 1974 Ms McVie moved to the United States with Fleetwood Mac and within a year both Mr Nicks and Ms Buckingham joined the band.
She wrote Over My Head and Say You Love Me, with both songs reaching Billboard’s top-20 singles chart.
After an on-the-road affair with Fleetwood Mac’s lighting director, Ms McVie was inspired to write You Make Loving Fun, a landmark smash for their Rumours album followed by Don’t Stop and Songbird.
After her divorce with Mr McVie in 1979, Ms McVie embarked on a tumultuous relationship with The Beach Boys drummer Dennis Wilson, which inspired her hit Hold me.
She later married fellow keyboardist Eddy Quintela in 1986 and the pair co-wrote a number of songs for the Fleetwood Mac albums including Little Lies and Everywhere.
Upon her father’s death and a newfound phobia of flying, Ms McVie decided to stop touring with the band but did join them at their induction into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame, the Grammy Awards and Brit Awards in the UK.
After a brief illness, she died in hospital “in the company of her family”.
“She was the best musician anyone could have in their band and the best friend anyone could have in their life,” wrote the band of her passing.
“We were so lucky to have a life with her. Individually and together, we cherished Christine deeply and are thankful for the amazing memories we have. She will be so very missed.”
“We would like everyone to keep Christine in their hearts and remember the life of an incredible human being, and revered musician who was loved universally. RIP Christine McVie,” wrote her family in a statement.