Christine McVie of the legendary rock band Fleetwood Mac died. He was 79 years old.
His family announced the news on his official Facebook account. page said he died in hospital on Wednesday morning.
″[W]”We ask everyone to keep Christine in their hearts and remember the life of an incredible person and universally loved and respected musician,” the family said in a statement.
Fleetwood Mac also shared a post on McVie’s Facebook page stating that he is “one of a kind, special and extraordinarily talented.”
“He was the best musician anyone in their band could have and the best friend they could have in their life. We were very lucky to have a life with her,” the group added. “Individually and together, we deeply valued Christine and are grateful for the wonderful memories we have. She will be greatly missed.”
Born Christine Anne Perfect on July 12, 1943, the British singer-songwriter is best known for her deep, smoky voice and is responsible for some of Fleetwood Mac’s biggest hits, including “You Make Love Fun” and “Don’t Stop”. “Say You Love Me” and “Songbird.”
Per Billboard, she met Fleetwood Mac bassist John McVie when the band Chicken Shack opened for them in the late 1960s. She soon married John McVie and joined Fleetwood Mac as keyboardist and vocalist in 1971, Variety reports.
The group experienced a rotating member gate until 1974 with the arrival of married American duo Lindsey Buckingham and Stevie Nicks.
Made up of McVies, guitarist and vocalist Buckingham, drummer Mick Fleetwood, and vocalist Nicks, the band produced the 1977 hit album “Rumours,” which made Fleetwood Mac chart-topping powerhouses.
In a 2014 article about the band, New York Times critic Jon Pareles said that Christine McVie’s contributions to “Rumours” held the entire album together.
“Miss. McVie had a more sober, gentle voice than the other two songwriters of the group: Miss Nicks – sometimes dreamy, sometimes vengeful – and guitarist Lindsey Buckingham, who jammed angry, hurt lyrics into virtuoso guitar parts… Ms. McVie’s solemn alto , the vocal harmonies of the group; their songs promised that faithful love is still possible, ”Wrote Pareles.
Unfortunately, the group was also known for its hard drug and alcohol use and the messy love affairs many of its members had at the time of the creation of “Rumors”.
McVies broke up in 1976, in the lead up to the album’s release, due to Christine McVie’s relationship with the band’s lighting director and – according to Nicks’ 1997 interview with Rolling Stone – John McVie “drank too much”.
“This is why Chris and John aren’t together,” Nicks told Rolling Stone at the time. “Period.”
Still, despite the turmoil at the time, Christine McVie creatively told The Guardian in June that it was “quite sensational.”
“We were having a blast and it was incredible that we were writing these songs. That’s all I can say about it, really,” he told the outlet at the time. He added:
“We had fights here and there, but nothing like the music or the intensity of the stage.”