Christine McVie, Fleetwood Mac singer-songwriter, dies at 79

Christine McVie, the English musician whose smoky voice and romantic lyrics helped catapult rock group Fleetwood Mac to international success, has died, the band announced on Twitter.

She was 79 years old.

“There are no words to describe our sadness at the passing of Christine McVie,” the group said in a statement posted to Twitter Wednesday afternoon.. “She was truly unique and special and talented beyond measure.”

From left, Christine McVie, Lindsey Buckingham, Stevie Nicks, John McVie and Mick Fleetwood in 1977.Richard E. Aaron/Redferns

“She was the best musician anyone could have in their band and the best friend anyone could have in their life. We were very lucky to have a life with her,” the band added. “Individually and together, we deeply appreciate Christine and are grateful for the incredible memories we have of her. She will be greatly missed.”

McVie was once married to Fleetwood Mac bassist John McVie. The turmoil in their relationship was one of the creative sparks behind the popular Rumors album, released in 1977.

Christine McVie penned some of the most treasured lines in the Fleetwood Mac songbook, penning lyrics to global hits like “Everywhere,” “Little Lies,” and “Don’t Stop,” a song that became synonymous with the first presidential campaign. of Bill Clinton.

In her lyrics, she chronicles the ups and downs of romantic love in clear and simple terms.

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