Fleetwood Mac Icon Christine McVie Passes Away at 79

Fleetwood Mac icon Christine McVie passed away at age 79 Wednesday after a short illness according to an announcement by her family. McVie was a singer, songwriter and musician who wrote many of the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame band’s greatest hits.

Christine McVie via Facebook.

Founded in England in the 1960s with an ever-changing lineup, Fleetwood Mac, at that point comprised of Americans Stevie Nicks and Lindsey Buckingham and British Mick Fleetwood, Christine and then-husband John McVie, exploded on the music scene in the 1970s with three landmark albums, the self-titled Fleetwood Mac, the follow-up Rumours and Tusk. The marriage of British and American rock and the marriage of the McVies and the combustible Buckingham-Nicks relationship produced monster hits with songs about relationship intrigue and celebrations of love and life.

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Fleetwood Mac, 1977 promo photo. L to R: Mick Fleetwood, Christine McVie, John McVie, Stevie Nicks, Lindsey Buckingham.

“On behalf of Christine McVie’s family, it is with a heavy heart we are informing you of Christine’s death. She passed away peacefully at hospital this morning, Wednesday, November 30th 2022, following a short illness. She was in the company of her family. We kindly ask that you respect the family’s privacy at this extremely painful time, and 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.”

Statement by Fleetwood Mac:

McVie’s most famous Fleetwood Mac song is probably Don’t Stop from the band’s 1977 Rumours album; others by McVie include Over My Head, You Make Loving Fun, Say You Love Me, Songbird and Everywhere. McVie shared songwriting credits on hits Hold Me, Little Lies and The Chain. McVie had a top ten solo hit in 1984 with Got a Hold on Me.

Christine Perfect was born in England on July 12, 1943. She learned piano at an early age and performed in bands in the 1960s, marrying John McVie in 1968 and joining his band co-founded with Mick Fleetwood, Fleetwood Mac in 1970.

Christine McVie stayed with the band during the 70s and 80s and 90s, took a break of about 15 years and then toured in the mid-2010s with the band and on a side album and tour with erstwhile member Lindsey Buckingham.

McVie’s two marriages ended in divorce: John McVie 1968-1976 and Eddie Quintella 1986-2003. Neither marriage produced children. McVie spoke about not having children in a 2013 interview with the Guardian:

“When I ask McVie if she has any regrets from her time with the band, her candid answers speak of the dichotomy between how men and women are treated in rock: “There were never any children [for me],” she says. “There was always a career in the way. It was a case of one or the other, and Stevie would say the same. The lads went off and had children but for Stevie and I it was a bit difficult to do that. So that was never able to happen. And I never found the right man. Not through want of trying.”

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