Christine McVie, the English musician whose smoky voice and romantic lyrics catapulted rock group Fleetwood Mac to international success, died Wednesday, the band and her family announced on social media.
“There are no words to describe our sadness at the death of Christine McVie,” the group said in a statement on Twitter Wednesday afternoon. “He was truly unique, special and talented beyond measure.
“He was the best musician in their band and the best friend anyone could have in their lives. We were so lucky to have a life with him,” the band added. “Individually and together, we deeply appreciate Christine and are grateful for our incredible memories. She will be greatly missed.”
In a statement on Instagram, McVeigh’s family said he “passed away peacefully” surrounded by loved ones at a hospital after a “short illness”.
“We kindly ask that you respect the family’s privacy at this very painful time,” the family said, “and we want everyone to keep Christine in their hearts and remember the life of an incredible human and revered musician who was loved. Universally…”
McVie was once married to Fleetwood Mac bassist John McVie. Their relationship turmoil was a creative driver behind the band’s popular “Rumours” album released in 1977.
Christine McVie penned some of the most treasured lines in the Fleetwood Mac songbook, penning the lyrics to global hits like “Everywhere,” “Little Lies” and “Don’t Stop” that became synonymous with the first presidential campaign. Bill Clinton.
In his songs, he describes the ups and downs of love in simple yet poignant terms. “You Make Loving Fun,” a melodic high point of “Rumors” and a staple of the Fleetwood Mac tour, encapsulated the gleeful abandon of romance.
McVie promotes a more introspective mood on “Songbird,” one of four songs on “Rumours” written solely by him. “There will be no more tears for you / The sun will shine for you”, he sings with a melancholy piano melody.
In the 1970s, when it was in its commercial heyday, Fleetwood Mac sold millions of records and leapt into the pantheon of rock bands. Fans around the world were mesmerized by the mystical music and engrossed in the behind-the-scenes drama.
McVie’s breakup, and the subsequent splits of singer-songwriters Stevie Nicks and Lindsey Buckingham, spawned “Rumors,” a timeless collective diary of domestic separation and one of the best-selling albums of all time.
McVie’s retired from Fleetwood Mac in 1998, after the group was inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame.
He rejoined the band in early 2014 for an electrifying world tour, reuniting with the “Rumors” era incarnation known for frequent line-up changes.
In a handwritten note posted on Twitter on Wednesday, Nick paid tribute to his “best friend in the whole world since day one in 1975” and quoted lyrics from Haim’s song “Hallelujah”: “I had a best friend/ But she made it. ”
The group’s founding member Mick Fleetwood praised McVie in a statement on Twitter. “It’s a day when my dear sweet friend Christine McVie takes flight…and lets us earthlings listen with bated breath to the sound of that ‘bird song,'” he wrote.
Christine Ann Perfect was born on July 12, 1943, in Lancashire, England and displayed a natural gift for music from a very young age. He started out on piano, but eventually put aside his classical credentials and dove into rock ‘n’ roll.
He began his professional career in 1967 with the British blues band Chicken Shack. She met and married John McVie after a brief courtship, then officially joined his band in 1970.
Christine McVie quickly became an integral member of Fleetwood Mac, adding dimensions as an attractive contralto singer, songwriter and keyboardist. McVie’s notable early contributions include the tunes “Over My Head” and “Say You Love Me”.
John and Christine McVie divorced in 1978, although they remained friends and were in bands together through such beloved albums as “Task” (1979) and “Mirage” (1982).
She was married a second time to Eduardo “Eddie” Quintella from 1986 to 2003.
McVie won two Grammy Awards out of a total of seven nominations and received a Lifetime Achievement Honor from the British Academy of Songwriters, Composers and Writers in 2014.