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Christine McVie, Fleetwood Mac Singer-songwriter, Passes Away at 79

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Last Updated: December 01, 2022, 11:09 IST

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Fleetwood Mac singer-songwriter Christine McVie has died at age 79

Fleetwood Mac singer-songwriter Christine McVie has died at age 79

Singer-songwriter Christine McVie, who enjoyed a long tenure in the London-bred band Fleetwood Mac, passed away on Wednesday after a prolonged illness.

Singer-songwriter-keyboardist Christine McVie, who enjoyed a long tenure in the London-bred band Fleetwood Mac before becoming a key contributor to the group’s multi-platinum success of the late ‘70s, passed away on November 30 after a short illness. She was 79.

A statement released by the late singer’s family reads: “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.”

Fleetwood Mac’s statement said, “There are no words to describe our sadness at the passing of Christine McVie. She was truly one-of-a-kind, special and talented beyond measure. She was the best musician anyone could have in their band and the best friend anyone could have in their life. 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.”

Several fans took to social media to express grief over the music artist’s demise. Ex US President, Bill Clinton too expressed grief on the singer’s loss. He tweeted, “I’m saddened by the passing of Christine McVie. “Don’t Stop” was my ’92 campaign theme song - it perfectly captured the mood of a nation eager for better days. I’m grateful to Christine & Fleetwood Mac for entrusting us with such a meaningful song. I will miss her."

One of the fans tweeted, “R.I.P To Fleetwood Mac singer Christine McVie, age 79" Another fan tweeted, “Christine McVie was an inspiration. She spent a career moving between genres, mixing bluesy vocals with massive pop hooks and rock with balladry. She found room in a gigantic, tumultuous rock band to deliver a poetic, empathetic and sophisticated point of view. A legend."

The late artist was originally known professionally by her maiden name, Christine Perfect, reported Variety. She first arrived on the charts as a member of the British blues-rock combo Chicken Shack, where she took the lead vocals on the No. 14 U.K. hit “I’d Rather Go Blind,” the band’s 1969 cover of American vocalist Etta James’ 1967 R&B number. She was named best female vocalist by the British weekly Melody Maker in 1969-70.

By that time, she had wed John McVie, bassist for the English blues-rock unit Fleetwood Mac, then led by guitarist and founder Peter Green. She appeared on the band’s sophomore album “Mr. Wonderful” (1968) and on Green’s last record with the group he founded, “Then Play On” (1969).

The 1977 Rumours album is considered one of the most successful in history, selling more than 40 million copies worldwide.

McVie left the group in 1998 but rejoined 16 years later for a fleeting reunion.

In 2017, McVie revealed on BBC radio’s Desert Island Discs programme that she had retreated from the world and developed agoraphobia after again quitting the band and moving from California to Kent, southeast England.

In a statement on Twitter, the band said: “There are no words to describe our sadness at the passing of Christine McVie. She was truly one-of-a-kind, special and talented beyond measure.

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first published:December 01, 2022, 08:14 IST
last updated:December 01, 2022, 11:09 IST