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Happy Birthday Fleetwood Mac’s Christine McVie

Photo © KSHE 95
Photo © KSHE 95

Happy Birthday to Fleetwood Mac songwriter-keyboardist Christine McVie, who turns 76 today (July 12th).

In 2017, McVie and now-ousted Mac bandmate Lindsey Buckingham released their debut album as a duo, Lindsey Buckingham / Christine McVie, which peaked at Number 17 on the Billboard 200 and formed the basis of a their first joint tour together. Fleetwood Mac — with Heartbreakers guitarist/songwriter/producer Mike Campbell stepping in to cover lead guitar duties and Crowded House frontman Neil Finn supplying rhythm guitar and vocals — will kick off a 13-date tour of Down Under in August.

In 2014 McVie thrilled the rock world when she returned to the band following a 16-year hiatus. McVie, along with former husband John McVie and Mick Fleetwood, steered the group through a diverse early-’70s period following the absence of the group’s co-founding guitarists Peter Green and Jeremy Spencer. After 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.

In 2003 McVie was credited as an additional musician on Fleetwood Mac’s last full-blown 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.

Did you know?

In the late-’70s Christine McVie laid down an album’s worth of professionally recorded demos and full-blown studio tracks both written and performed with then-boyfriend, the late Beach Boy Dennis Wilson.

McVie is in possession of the tapes and so far, has not allowed them to be released in any form.