Christine McVie: 1943-2022

When people talk about Fleetwood Mac, they’ll often talk about the pop magic that both Stevie Nicks and Lindsey Buckingham brought to the band. As far as UK audiences are concerned, their appointment within the band’s ever-shifting ranks in 1975 brought the band back from a long stretch in the wilderness.

There are very few albums as well known as Fleetwood Mac’s multi-million selling ‘Rumours’, but there was always far more to the band’s “pop years” in the 70s than that omnipresent disc, its self-titled predecessor, and the adventurous ‘Tusk’.

Between 1970 and 1975, at a time when the Fleetwood name didn’t really resonate with UK audiences, singer-songwriter Christine McVie (formerly Christine Perfect, previously of blues band Chicken Shack fame) played a pivotal role in keeping the band afloat. Her classy, piano led pop often provided a smooth contrast to Bob Welch’s post-psych, very 70s indulgences, and even after Buckingham Nicks grabbed the reins, McVie’s perfectly crafted pop and sublime balladry remained the glue that held everything together.

On November 30th 2022, Christine passed away after a short illness. In the absence of any words appropriate enough to celebrate the brilliance Ms. McVie brought to the world, we invite you to listen back to some of her finest work, including a few lesser known gems.

Goodbye, Christine…