Happy Birthday to former Fleetwood Mac songwriter-keyboardist Christine McVie, who turns 69 today (July 12)!!! McVie, along with former husband John McVie and Mick Fleetwood, steered the group through a diverse early '70s period following the departure of the group's co-founding guitarists Peter Green and Jeremy Spencer. Following the eventual departure of key members Danny Kirwan and Bob Welch -- and the addition of Lindsey Buckingham and Stevie Nicks -- McVie suddenly became one of the three hottest songwriters of the 1970's. In the latter part of the '70s, she was romantically involved with legendary Beach Boys' drummer Dennis Wilson.
McVie's songs played a crucial role in the band's blockbusters Fleetwood Mac, Rumours, Tusk, Mirage, and Tango In The Night. Among the standards she wrote for the band were: "Over My Head," "World Turning (co-written with Buckingham)," "Warm Ways," "Sugar Daddy," "Say You Love Me," "Don't Stop," "Songbird," "Oh Daddy," "You Make Loving Fun," "Think About Me," "Over And Over," "Hold Me," "Love In Store," "Little Lies," and "Everywhere," among others.
Lindsey Buckingham shed some light on the events surrounding McVie's departure from Fleetwood Mac shortly after their 1997 reunion tour: "She burned a lot of bridges, and that's what she felt she needed to do in order to sort of get on to the next phase of her life. She really just had a lot of things to work out maybe that were long overdue, and she felt she had to sell her house here and ended the marriage that she had going, so obviously it was clear to everyone that she wasn't going to be into coming back."
During the band's last tour, we asked Stevie Nicks how she feels fronting what she's often called a "boys club" without McVie sharing the stage with her: "Being the only girl in Fleetwood Mac? You have to understand, I've been the only girl in Fleetwood Mac now since 1998 and it's 2009. I'm used to it now. I miss Christine every day because she was my best buddy. She was my best friend. And I probably spent more time on the road with Fleetwood Mac than anywhere. I've spent more time with these people than I have with my own family. So the loss of Christine as one of my best girlfriends was horrific for me. But she's been gone a long, long, time now. There's not a day that I don't wish that she'd call up and say 'I'm back!' -- but she's not going to. So we've all kind've accepted that now."
In 2003 McVie said that after attending a then-recent Fleetwood Mac concert in London, she had no regrets about splitting from the band and leaving the road behind: "I just felt kind of relieved, if you want to know the truth, 'cause I, I went backstage afterwards, and they were all so tired, and, I just don't think I could do that anymore. It's kind of, if you like, verified that I'd made the right decision."
In 2003 McVie was credited as an additional musician on Fleetwood Mac's last studio set, Say You Will. She contributed keyboards and backing vocals on "Bleed To Love Her" and "Steal Your Heart Away."
In 2004 McVie released her third solo album, In The Meantime, which she collaborated on with her nephew, Dan Perfect.