Christine McVie of Fleetwood Mac Dead At 79

Christine McVie, who played with Fleetwood Mac and wrote some of their most famous songs, has died aged 79, her family has said.

The British singer-songwriter was behind hits including Little Lies, Everywhere, Don’t Stop, Say You Love Me and Songbird.

She died peacefully at a hospital in the company of her family, a statement said.

McVie left Fleetwood Mac after 28 years in 1998 but returned in 2014.

The family’s statement said “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”.

Born Christine Perfect, McVie married Fleetwood Mac bassist John McVie, and joined the group at the start of the 1970s.

A statement by the band said of McVie: “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.”

In a post on Instagram, Stevie Nicks wrote: “A few hours ago I was told that my best friend in the whole world since the first day of 1975, had passed away.

“I didn’t even know she was ill… until late Saturday night. I wanted to be in London, I wanted to get to London – but we were told to wait.

“So, since Saturday, one song has been swirling around my head, over and over and over. I thought I might possibly get to sing it to her, and so, I’m singing it to her now.

“I always knew I would need these words one day… It’s all I can do now.”

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Like many British bands in the ’60s, Fleetwood Mac started as a blues group that paid tribute to the American bluesmen they loved. Fronted by drummer Mick Fleetwood and bassist John McVie, the band went through several lineup changes over the years before two Los Angeles singer-songwriters, Lindsey Buckingham and Stevie Nicks, joined in 1975 and made Fleetwood Mac one of the biggest bands on the planet. For the next dozen years, they dominated the charts with their blend of classic rock and SoCal pop. Their 1977 blockbuster ‘Rumours’ remains one of the best and bestselling albums ever made, a breakup record informed by real-life tension among the band’s five members (singer-songwriter Christine McVie rounded out the group). Buckingham and Nicks’ solo careers eventually led to the split of the classic lineup, although they’ve occasionally reunited over the years for tours and records.

Fleetwood Mac co-founder and influential blues rock guitarist Peter Green has died at the age of 73, his family’s legal representatives confirmed on Saturday.

The English singer-songwriter and guitarist, from Bethnal Green in East London, formed Fleetwood Mac with drummer Mick Fleetwood in 1967.

In 1965, Green filled in for Eric Clapton in the band John Mayall & The Bluesbreakers — in which Fleetwood played the drums. Two years later, Green and Fleetwood left the band to form Fleetwood Mac, later convincing Bluesbreakers bassist John McVie to join them. 

Green wrote some of the band’s most notable hits, including “Albatross,” “Black Woman Magic,” and “Man of the World.”

He left the band in 1970, after it had released three albums. Fleetwood Mac eventually expanded to include Stevie Nicks, Christine McVie, Lindsey Buckingham and others.

Green and the other members of Fleetwood Mac were inducted into the Rock & Roll Hall of Fame in 1998.

Fleetwood posted a tribute to Green on Facebook on Saturday, calling his former bandmate “my dearest friend.”

Influences And Recollections of a Musical Mind

Written By Braddon S. Williams

Fleetwood Mac: Rumors

I grew up in an age of iconic albums and have covered a bunch already from that time frame, but there are certain records that were simply inescapable during my teen years…such an album is Rumours (1977) by Fleetwood Mac.

This was the second group effort in the Buckingham-Nicks era, and the Mac connected with the pulse of the times and literally everyone in the world appeared to be on the bandwagon.

With the triple lead vocal threat of Stevie Nicks, Christine McVie, and Lyndsey Buckingham, and the glorious harmonies of all three combined in various configurations, Rumours was a treasure chest of vocal bliss.

Each of the 3 primary singers had a distinctive flavor in the Fleetwood Mac stew, making for an irresistible blend.

Added to the obvious musical magic going on, the relationships within the band were tabloid news, with plenty of drama to fuel the public’s fascination with this band. It all coalesced in the summer of 1977 with radios everywhere playing the list of hits from this huge hit record…Go Your Own Way, Don’t Stop, Dreams, Gold Dust Woman, The Chain, You Make Loving Fun…just on and on it went.

The deep cuts are every bit as essential; the gorgeous Songbird, I Don’t Want To Know, Second Hand News…you get the picture, might as well just listen to it straight through and not miss a note of this historic album that defined its time.

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