Christine McVie, the English musician whose smoky vocals and romantic lyrics propelled rock group Fleetwood Mac to international success, passed away on Wednesday, the band and her family announced on social media.
She turned 79.
“There are no words to describe our sadness at the passing of Christine McVie,” the group said in a statement on Twitter Wednesday afternoon. “She was truly one-of-a-kind, special and extremely talented.”
“She was the best musician anyone can have in their band and the best friend anyone can have in their life. We were so lucky to have a life with her,” the band added. “Individually and together, we have deeply cherished Christine and are thankful for the wonderful memories we have. She will be missed so much.”
In a statement on InstagramMcVie’s family said she “passed away peacefully” surrounded by loved ones in a hospital after a “brief illness”.
“We kindly ask that you respect the family’s privacy at this most painful time,” the family said, “and we want everyone to hold Christine in their hearts and remember the life of an incredible human being and a respected musician who is universally loved.” used to be. .”
McVie was once married to Fleetwood Mac bass guitarist John McVie. The turmoil in their relationship was one of the creative engines behind the stragglers’ immensely popular album ‘Rumours’, released in 1977.
Christine McVie penned some of the most cherished lines in the Fleetwood Mac songbook, penning the lyrics to global hits like “Everywhere”, “Little Lies” and “Don’t Stop” – a song that later became synonymous with the first presidential campaign from Bill Clinton.
In her lyrics, she describes the highs and lows of love in simple yet soulful terms. “You Make Loving Fun”, one of the melodic highlights of “Rumours” and a staple of Fleetwood Mac’s tours, encapsulated the joyful abandonment of romance.
In the 1970s, when Fleetwood Mac was at its commercial peak, the band sold tens of millions of records and grew into the pantheon of rock acts. Fans around the world were entranced by the transcendent melodies – and fixated on behind-the-scenes drama.
The breakup of the McVies – and the concomitant split of fellow singer-songwriters Stevie Nicks and Lindsey Buckingham – led to “Rumours”, a timeless joint diary of domestic dissolution and one of the best-selling albums of all time.
McVie retired from Fleetwood Mac in 1998, after the group was inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame.
She rejoined the band in early 2014 for an exciting world tour, reuniting with the “Rumors” era incarnation of a group known for frequent lineup changes.
“First of all to be in a band with another girl who was this amazing musician – she instantly became my best friend,” Nicks said of McVie in an article published in The New Yorker in February. “Christine was a whole different ball game.”
Born on July 12, 1943 in Birmingham, England, Christine Anne Perfect showed a natural gift for the musical arts at a young age.
She got her professional start in 1967 with British blues band Chicken Shack. She met and married John McVie after a brief courtship, officially joining his band in 1970.
Christine McVie quickly became an integral member of Fleetwood Mac, adding dimension as a mesmerizing low alto singer, songwriter and keyboardist. McVie’s early notable contributions include the tunes “Over My Head” and “Say You Love Me.”
John and Christine McVie divorced in 1978, though they remained friends and remained in the band together through beloved albums such as “Tusk” (1979) and “Mirage” (1982).
She was married for a second time, to Eduardo “Eddy” Quintela, from 1986 to 2003.
McVie won two Grammy AwardsIt is one of a total of seven nominations, and in 2014 she earned a lifetime achievement honor from the British Academy of Songwriters, Composers and Authors.