Friday Night Forgotten Oldie: Christine McVie

From The Daily Mail:

Mick Fleetwood and Stevie Nicks have led tributes to ‘one-of-a-kind’ British rockstar Christine McVie, the singer-songwriter who helped make Fleetwood Mac one of the biggest acts in music history, following her death aged 79.

Miss McVie wrote and sang on some the band’s biggest hits, including Don’t Stop, Little Lies, Say You Love Me, You Make Loving Fun and Songbird. 

Her genius and warm, soulful vocals helped to turn the one-time blues band into one of the most successful rock groups of all time, with more than 100 million record sold worldwide.

Many of her songs featured on Rumours, their best-known work from 1977 which chronicled the group’s drug use and affairs and is regularly cited as one of rock’s greatest albums. 

Born Christine Perfect in the Lake District village of Bouth, Cumbria, in 1943, she grew up near Birmingham. She studied at art school and qualified as an art teacher – but instead became one of the few women involved in the British blues boom of the late 1960s, joining a band called Chicken Shack and also releasing a solo album. She married Fleetwood Mac bassist John McVie in 1968 and by 1970 was an integral part of Fleetwood Mac.

When Americans Stevie Nicks and Lindsey Buckingham joined drummer Mick Fleetwood and the McVies in 1974, the band’s style was transformed, with Miss McVie, Nicks and Buckingham all contributing songs to their eponymous first album together and to Rumours, which sold more than 40million copies worldwide.

Further albums followed, including Tusk, Mirage and Tango in the Night. All three songwriters also released solo albums and in 1998 Miss McVie left Fleetwood Mac after the death of her father but eventually returned to tour alongside her bandmates in 2014.

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