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Christine McVie, singer-songwriter and keyboardist of the famous rock band Fletwood Mac, has died at the age of 79. “She died peacefully in hospital this morning, Wednesday 30 November 2022, after a short illness. She was with her family. We kindly ask you to respect the family’s privacy at this extremely painful time and we would like everyone to hold Christine in their hearts and remember the life of an incredible human being, and a revered musician who was universally loved. RIP Christine McVie,” the family said in a Facebook statement.
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Christine McVie, born Christine Anne Perfect in the English village of Bouth in 1943, was the daughter of a violinist and elementary music teacher. From her initial love for her piano McVie, influenced by her musician brother John, approached the rock’n’roll. After attending art school in Birmingham, the girl began to sing and play music band blues Chicken Shackwhere he depopulated with the cover of I’d Rather Go Blind by Etta James. Married to John McVie in 1968, Christine left the group in 1970 to join the Fletwood Mac, one of the most successful rock bands of the seventies and eighties with more than 100 million records sold worldwide. Among the singles of the Anglo-American band, Dreams, The Chain, Go Your Own Way e Everywhere they are still timeless classics today. TO Mick Fletwood, Christine e John McVie they joined in 1974 Stevie Nicks e Lindsey Buckingham, in an era described by McVie as “definitely sensational. We had fights here and there, but there was no such thing as the music or the intensity on stage. We weren’t doing anything in Britain, so we just moved to America and fell into this one huge musical odyssey”. After the 1975 album Fletwood Macwith hits written by McVie Over My Head e Say You Love Me, in 1976 the singer-songwriter and keyboardist divorced her husband, with whom she however maintained a friendship and a professional relationship. The next record, Rumours, one of the best-selling albums of all time with 40 million copies worldwide and awarded the 1978 Grammy for Album of the Yearinstead includes hits like Second Hand News e You Make Loving Fun. McVie told the Guardian: “We were having a lot of fun and it was amazing to us that we were writing these songs.” Among the best-known tracks on the disc, too Songbird, from within McVie: “I woke up in the middle of the night and the song just popped into my head. I got out of bed, played it on the little piano I have in my room, and sang it without a recorder. I sang it from start to finish: everything. I can tell you almost how I felt; it was as if I had been visited – it was a very spiritual thing”. Rumoursrecorded as a “pop album”, took its title and contents from numerous and turbulent breakups between the band members and from theirs drug use, like “cocaine and champagne” for McVie. About the recording sessions, the singer-songwriter told Rolling Stone: “It was like a cocktail party every night – people everywhere. We ended up in these weird hospital rooms… and of course John and I weren’t exactly best friends.” After the solo experiments of band members, culminating in the departure of Nicks and Buckingham, in 1998 McVie has retreat into the English countryside to walk streets where no one knew who he was. That same year, Fletwood Mac were inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame. In 2014, however, McVie announced the return to the group: “It was an epiphany because I suddenly knew I wanted to reunite with the band again”. Now, following the death at the age of 73 of co-founder Peter Green, another loss has rocked the music world. “I enjoyed the storm… Even though I’m a pretty peaceful person, I enjoyed the storm. Even though they say we struggled a lot, we spent a lot of our time laughing.”
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The members of the Fletwood Mac tweeted the late singer-songwriter: “There are no words to describe our sadness at the passing of Christine McVie. She really was one of a kind, special and talented beyond measure. She was the best musician anyone could have in her band and the best friend anyone could have in her life. We were lucky to spend our lives with her. As individuals and together, we have loved Christine deeply and are grateful for the amazing memories we have. She will be greatly missed.” Stevie Nicks she then posted a handwritten note on Instagram: “A few hours ago they told me that my best friend in the whole world from the first day of 1975 passed away. I didn’t even know she was sick…until late Saturday evening. I wanted to be in London; I wanted to go to London – but they told us to wait. See you on the other side, my love. Do not forget me”. Also Mick Fletwood expressed his condolences: “It left us earthlings listening with bated breath to the sounds of that “nightingale”…reminding everyone that love is all around us to reach out and touch in this precious life that has been given to us. Part of my heart just flew away today.” McVie’s impact among musicians of all generations has also emerged in condolence posts from other artists. Harry Styles shared an Instagram Story featuring a black-and-white photo of McVie accompanied by a white dove and black heart emoji. The Eagles they shared with Variety a release paying homage to his “vibrant, soulful spirit, and his music was, and will remain, a gift to the world.” Sheryl Crow expressed sadness on Twitter at the loss of a “legend and icon and amazing human being,” while for i Duran Duran gone “one of the greatest songwriters, singers, and band members of all time, she radiated purity and sass in equal measure, bringing light to the music of the seventies.”