Christine Perfect was born in 1943 in Cumbria, the daughter of a concert violinist and music instructor and a psychic healer.
As the sixties began to swing, she attended art school and began playing with bands, eventually joining the blues band Chicken Shack. Her approach never quite blended with the group’s more loud sound, but the gentler songs she lead were the most commercially successful.
Christine McVie was an important part of the intricate ensemble of personalities that comprised one of the best bands ever. Little Lies, Everywhere, Don’t Stop, Say You Love Me, and Songbird were all hits for the British singer-songwriter.
According to a statement, she died quietly in the presence of her family at a hospital.
McVie departed Fleetwood Mac in 1998 after 28 years, but rejoined in 2014. “We would like everyone to keep Christine in their hearts and remember the life of a great human being, and respected musician who was adored internationally,” the family said in a statement.
McVie, who was born Christine Perfect, married Fleetwood Mac bassist John McVie and joined the band in the early 1970s.
In the 1970s and 1980s, Fleetwood Mac rose to prominence as one of the world’s most well-known rock bands.
Rumours, inspired by the divorces of the McVies and the band’s other couple, Lindsey Buckingham and Stevie Nicks, became one of the best-selling albums of all time, selling more than 40 million copies worldwide.