The singer and songwriter Christine McVie, a member of the British-American group Fleetwood Mac, passed away yesterday at the age of 79, as her family announced on Facebook.
The band Fleetwood Mac — named after its founders, bassist John McVie and drummer Mick Fleetwood — formed in 1967, but has seen additions and deletions over the years.
Christine Perfect was born on July 12, 1943 in South West England. She joined Fleetwood Mac in 1970, two years after her marriage to John McVie (she chose to keep his last name). The couple divorced in 1976 after Christine fell in love with a lighting technician, but maintained a professional relationship.
The album ‘Rumours’ (released in 1977), which sold more than 40 million copies and is one of the best-selling albums of all time, was recorded during the period of the couple’s separation.
Christine McVie released a solo album this year entitled ‘Songbird’.
In the announcement of the family it is stated that Christine McVie breathed her last in a hospital, after a short illness. “We would like everyone to keep Christine in their hearts and remember the life of an incredible person and a respected musician who was loved around the world,” it is underlined.
The album ‘Rumours’ included the hits ‘Don’t Stop (Thinking About Tomorrow)’, ‘Go Your Own Way’, ‘The Chain’, ‘You Make Loving Fun’ and ‘Gold Dust Woman’. It maintained a position on the US music chart ‘Billboard 200’ for a total of 134 weeks and was at the top for 31 weeks.
In a post on Fleetwood Mac’s official Twitter account, it is said that Christine McVie was “truly one of a kind, special and talented beyond measure”. “She was the best musician anyone could have in the band and the best friend anyone could have in their life. He will be greatly missed,” the announcement concludes.
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