Sadly, Christine McVie has passed away at the age of 79. This came after a short illness. Her family announced her passing on social media. However, they did not specify the cause of her death.
Christine McVie was a British-born Fleetwood Mac singer, songwriter and keyboardist. She had an illustrious career as a soloist and as a member of the band. Her songs were notable for their melodies and strong lyrical content. She also received a lifetime achievement award from the British Academy of Songwriters, Composers and Authors. She was inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame in 1998. Her solo albums included Christine McVie, In the Meantime and Songbird. She also collaborated with Lindsey Buckingham in 2017, releasing an album together.
Christine McVie was born in Bouth, Lake District, England, on July 12, 1943. Her father was a concert violinist. At age 11, she began to study music. She played the piano and played with a rock ‘n’ roll band in the late 1960s. Her brother John was a musician as well, and he was the one who encouraged her to pursue a career in music. She had a classical background and began studying piano at age 15. At age 15, she shifted her focus from classical training to rock ‘n’ roll.
Christine McVie became a member of Fleetwood Mac in 1970. She released her first solo album, Christine McVie, in 1984. The album ranked at number one on the Billboard 200. She also received the Grammy Award for Album of the Year for her album Rumours in 1980. The album was written during a time of emotional turmoil for the band. She also appeared on Fleetwood Mac’s second album, Mr. Wonderful, in 1968. She was a frequent contributor to the band’s recordings and helped define the band’s sound. She also sang on a number of Fleetwood Mac’s classic hits. In fact, she sang lead on more Fleetwood Mac hits than Stevie Nicks. She also received a nomination from the Melody Maker magazine as the best female vocalist of 1969-1970.
Christine McVie was known as a skilled and versatile lyricist, with a strong, elegant voice. She wrote some of Fleetwood Mac’s biggest hits. Her song “Don’t Stop” peaked at #3 on the Billboard Hot 100, and it served as the theme song for Bill Clinton’s 1992 presidential campaign. She also sang lead on “I’d Rather Go Blind,” which was one of Fleetwood Mac’s biggest hits. In addition, she was a prolific songwriter and wrote songs about her love life. Her songs are often rich in melodies, and she had a very deep voice.
Christine McVie was also married to Fleetwood Mac bassist John McVie. She had two children, daughter Bonnie McVie and son Lindsey McVie. McVie and her husband divorced in 1976. However, they later reunited in 2014. She had a short break from the band, but she rejoined in 2014 and performed with Fleetwood Mac for the first time since 1997.