On Air Now
Early Breakfast with Gary King 4am - 6am
30 November 2022, 20:09 | Updated: 1 December 2022, 16:49
Christine McVie was a driving force of Fleetwood Mac's success since she joined the band with then-partner John McVie in the 1960s.
But where is Christine McVie from and which songs did she write for Fleetwood Mac?
Here's all the important facts about the talented singer-songwriter:
Fleetwood Mac star Christine McVie dies
Christine McVie was born on July 12, 1943.
She was born in the Lake District village of Bouth, Lancashire, and grew up in Smethwick near Birmingham.
Her father Cyril Percy Absell Perfect was a concert violinist and music lecturer at St Peter's College of Education, Birmingham. Her mother Beatrice Edith Maud Perfect, was a medium, psychic and faith healer.
Fleetwood Mac - Everywhere (Official Music Video)
Fleetwood Mac formed in London in 1967, by guitarist Peter Green, drummer Mick Fleetwood, and guitarist Jeremy Spencer, before bassist John McVie joined.
Keyboardist Christine Perfect, later married McVie and joined in 1970.
Green and Spencer left in the early 1970s, as well as their replacements Bob Welch and Bob Weston and singer Dave Walker.
In 1974, Fleetwood in Los Angeles when he was introduced to American duo Lindsey Buckingham and Stevie Nicks. Soon after, both joined the band, leading to the most famous lineup of Fleetwood, the McVies, Nicks and Buckingham.
Among the songs she wrote for the band include 'Don't Stop', 'Little Lies' and 'Songbird'.
Christine McVie married Fleetwood Mac's John McVie in 1968, with Peter Green as best man. The couple divorced in 1976, but they stayed in the band together.
From 1979 to 1982, she was engaged to Dennis Wilson of The Beach Boys.
She then married keyboardist Eddy Quintela in 1986, before divorcing in 2003.
Like Stevie Nicks, Christine did not have any children. She said: "There were never any children [for me]. There was always a career in the way.
"It was a case of one or the other, and Stevie would say the same. The lads went off and had children but for Stevie and I it was a bit difficult to do that. So that was never able to happen. And I never found the right man. Not through want of trying."
Christine McVie sadly died on November 30, 2022, at the age of 79.
A statement from her family said: "It is with a heavy heart we are informing you of Christine's death. She passed away peacefully at hospital this morning, Wednesday, November 30th 2022, following a short illness.
"She was in the company of her family."
Fleetwood Mac paid tribute to McVie in a statement on Wednesday night, following news of her death. They wrote: “There are no words to describe our sadness at the passing of Christine McVie. 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.”