Did you grow up listening to Fleetwood Mac? They were a British-American rock band and definitely one of the most influential and popular rock bands of all time. Sadly, Fleetwood Mac recently lost one of their members, Christine McVie.
Christine McVie died on November 30, 2022, in a hospital while being treated for a brief illness. She was 79 years old and her family announced her death shortly after her passing on the morning of November 30th.
Another rock legend has left us and now is the perfect time to look back on her life and on the journey behind Fleetwood Mac. Their story is truly inspirational to us all.
RIP Christine McVie, Fleetwood Mac singer dies at 79. Join FactsVerse to look back on her life and on Fleetwood Mac…
CHRISTINE MCVIE’S EARLY LIFE AND CAREER
Christine Anne Perfect was born on July 12th 1943, in Bouth, Lancashire, England. She came from a musical family as her father was a concert violinist. He also taught music at St. Peter’s College of Education and taught violin at St. Phillip’s Grammar School. One of her grandfather’s was an organ player at Westminster Abbey. Pretty great start for a musical life!
She began studying the piano at age 4 and by the time she was 11, she was taking music lessons and singing very seriously. She honed her craft throughout her teens and focused mainly on classical music.
However, she soon switched to studying rock music as the genre was becoming more and more popular throughout the UK and the USA. She was influenced by many prominent musicians and groups of the time from Fats Domino to The Everly Brothers.
While she eventually studied sculpture at Art School, there was a part of her that wanted to become a musician and singer rather than an art teacher. During this time, she came across many aspiring musicians and began playing with them.
She started a blues band called Sounds of Blue which didn’t last too long. However, these former bandmates of hers eventually started another band called Chicken Shack and she was hired to be the pianist for the group.
This was the band that brought her to mainstream attention and it was with Chicken Shack that she launched her musical career.
While Chicken Shack gave Christine her big break, it was Fleetwood Mac that launched her to stardom. The two bands met and the members would often hang out with each other. Eventually, Christine was asked to join Fleetwood Mac and she performed with them as well as recorded solo albums – including the self-titled Christine Perfect.
It was through Fleetwood Mac that she met her husband John McVie who was a band member. She took his name and became known as Christine McVie for the remainder of her life even after their divorce.
With Fleetwood Mac, Christine McVie became known as one of the greatest rock musicians of her generation and she’s still an influence on musician, singers, and songwriters today.
Some of the top songs that were written by Christine McVie included Over My Head and Say You Love Me. While she eventually divorced John McVie the two remained friends and were always professional. While Fleetwood Mac had their ups and downs like any band, many of the members stayed friends and many were saddened and shocked to learn about Christine’s death.
With Fleetwood Mac she recorded 14 albums and throughout her career she recorded four albums as a solo artist and two with Chicken Shack.
She later married Eduardo Quintela in 1986 and they divorced in 2003. She lived in England throughout her life and passed away in London on November 30, 2022. Her passing is truly a great loss for music fans.
Now let’s look back at some of the other great band members from Fleetwood Mac whom we’ve lost.
Peter Green was born on October 29, 1946, in Bethnal Green, London, England. While he wasn’t from a musical family he fell in love with music from a young age and began to teach himself how to play the guitar.
He joined several bands during his youth before becoming one of the founders of Fleetwood Mac in the late 1960s.
He was also instrumental in recruiting and hiring many of the great band members that made up Fleetwood Mac including John McVie and Christine McVie. He was also the original singer of the song “Black Magic Woman” though perhaps the cover by Carlos Santana has become more popular.
While he eventually left the band to pursue a solo career, all fans know that without his excellent musicianship and songwriting skills the band wouldn’t have been as successful. But he was also a success because he understood management and the business side of an entertainment career.
He participated on 6 albums with Fleetwood Mac and recorded 7 solo albums of his own. His discography also includes several singles and collaborations with other bands.
He died on July 25, 2020 in Essex, England. He was 73 years old.
Bob Brunning was born on June 29, 1943 in Bournemouth, England. Along with Peter Green, he was one of the founding members of Fleetwood Mac and it was actually he who came up with the rather unique name of the band. This is because he wanted Mick Fleetwood and John McVie to join the band and he used their surnames to name the band!
Sadly, he would eventually be replaced by John McVie as he was originally part of Fleetwood Mac only as a temporary artist.
He played the bass guitar for the band as well as for others. He eventually left professional music and decided to pursue a career as a music teacher. He worked at several schools over a period of 30 years. He also authored several great books about music especially about various music scenes in Britain.
He largely faded away from the public music scene but his contributions to Fleetwood Mac were always remembered.
He died on October 18, 2011, at age 68 from a heart attack. His Fleetwood Mac bandmates remembered him fondly and paid tributes to him.
Danny Kirwan was born May 13th 1950, in Brixton, South London. While he started his professional life as an insurance clerk, it was clear that he was destined for stardom.
His mother was a jazz singer and he grew up listening to music all his life. He was also heavily influenced by blues and he eventually became a guitar player – completely self-taught.
Eventually his talents were noticed by the band members of Fleetwood Mac who asked him to join. He took the group to further heights and his work with Fleetwood Mac is what made him a star.
He had helped influence the unique sound of Fleetwood Mac and he became one of the most influential British blues artists of all time. He also had to front he band when many of its former members left. But he managed to keep the morale up and he was also a favorite of Christine McVie and the two of them collaborated of many of Fleetwood Mac’s best songs.
He also had a successful career as a solo artist and with other bands.
He sadly did have troubles with drug addiction and was even homeless for one point in his life. Luckily, he managed to recover from these issues.
He died in London due to complications from pneumonia on June 8, 2018. He was 68 years old.
Bob Welch was an American member of Fleetwood Mac who played the guitar, bass guitar, and sang songs for the group. He was born on August 31, 1945 in Hollywood, California.
After guitarist Jeremy Spencer left Fleetwood Mac, Bob Welch traveled to England to audition for him. He went on to collaborate on some of their best songs. Though the experience wasn’t always great and he did have frictions and issues with band member Danny Kirwan.
The two didn’t always see eye-to-eye on music and Bob Welch felt that Danny didn’t appreciate his artistry.
Nevertheless, he persisted as was recognized as an integral member of the band. He also had a successful solo career. He did sadly have problems with alcohol abuse and had major health issues in his later life.
He committed suicide by gunshot on June 7, 2012. He had left a suicide note and a love letter to his wife Wendy. He was 66 years old.
Bob Weston was born on November 1st, 1947, in Plymouth, Devon, England.
He began learning the guitar at the age of 12 and was heavily influenced by American blues artists such as Muddy Waters. After playing in a slew of different bands, he joined Fleetwood Mac in the 1970s after Danny Kirwan left the group.
He had many great songs with the band – and most notably he had a duet with Christine McVie called “Did You Ever Love Me” which became one of the band’s biggest hits. But behind the scenes, he was having an affair with Jenny Boyd who was Mick Fleetwood’s wife!
They put up a good face for the audiences but as one would expect, this caused friction in the band. Naturally, he left the band and went on to collaborate with other artists – though nothing came close to his success with Fleetwood Mac.
He largely retired from music in the 1990s.
He died from cirrhosis at the age of 64. His actual date of death isn’t known but his body was found at his home on January 3rd, 2012.
Are you a fan of Fleetwood Mac? The band is considered to be one of the greatest rock bands of all time and the loss of Christine McVie is truly a great loss for the music industry.
Now, here’s what we’d like to hear from you:
Do you think that rock music is still popular and loved today?
Or do today’s music fans not have any interest in rock music and the genre has largely faded into obscurity?