Music legend Christine McVie passed away in a hospital on Wednesday after a brief illness. She was 79. Her death was announced on Fleetwood Mac‘s social media accounts.
The singer, songwriter and keyboardist co-wrote such classic hits as “You Make Loving Fun,” “Everywhere” and “Don’t Stop” for Fleetwood Mac.
The British-American rock band formed in London in 1967 and included guitarist Peter Green, drummer Mick Fleetwood and guitarist Jeremy Spencer.
Bassist John McVie joined the group in 1967. A year later, he married studio musician Christine Perfect who took his last name. She joined Fleetwood Mac in 1970. They divorced in 1976 but remained good friends.
A brief romantic fling with the band’s lighting director in 1976 inspired Christine to write her Top 10 hit song “You Make Loving Fun.”
Guitarist Lindsey Buckingham and his sweetheart Stevie Nicks (center) were invited to join Fleetwood Mac in 1975. Nicks’ breakup drama with Buckingham (along with Christine’s split from John) was famously documented on the band’s 1977 album Rumours which become one of the best-selling albums worldwide with 20 million copies sold.
In 1986, McVie married Portuguese keyboardist and songwriter Eddy Quintela. Christine and Eddy collaborated on her song “Little Lies” They divorced in 2002 and he died in 2020.
Christine also released three solo albums. Eight of her songs, including “Don’t Stop”, “Everywhere” and “Little Lies”, appeared on Fleetwood Mac’s 1988 Greatest Hits album.
In 1998, Christine was inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame as a member of Fleetwood Mac. She won 2 Grammy Awards.