Christine McVie, the vocalist and songwriter for the legendary Fleetwood Mac, has died. She was 79 years old.
McVie “passed away peacefully at hospital this morning, Wednesday, November 30th 2022, following a short illness. She was in the company of her family,” according to a statement. “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.”
“There are no words to describe our sadness at the passing of Christine McVie,” Fleetwood Mac added in a separate statement. “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.”
Before she joined Fleetwood Mac in 1971, McVie was part of the band Chicken Shack. While she was in the band, she married Fleetwood Mac’s John McVie in 1968, though they would divorce in 1976. In 1969 she left Chicken Shack to join her then-husband’s band in 1971. During her tenure, she became one of the group’s most prolific songwriters, helping to craft some of their biggest hits like “Say You Love Me” and “Over My Head” from the band’s 1975 self-titled album, “Don’t Stop,” “You Make Loving Fun,” and “Songbird,” off of Rumors, “Everywhere,” from Tango in the Night, “Hold Me” for Mirage, “Skies the Limit” on Behind the Mask, and “I Do” off Time just to name a few.
During her career she also released several solo albums, such as 1970s Christine Perfect, 1984’s Christine McVie, and 2004’s In the Meantime, as well as the 2017 collaborative effort Lindsey Buckingham Christine McVie. In 1998, the same year she left the band, she was one of eight members of Fleetwood Mac inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame.
McVie will be sorely missed. GENRE IS DEAD! sends its thoughts to McVie’s family and friends during this difficult time.