Happy Birthday to Fleetwood Mac songwriter-keyboardist Christine McVie, who turns 71 on Saturday (July 12th)!!! McVie has just returned to the band following a 16-year hiatus, and is currently prepping new material before the band kicks off its world tour in September. 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.
Christine McVie told us that the members of Fleetwood Mac are connected by a bond that transcends time and distance: "I just think that there’s an inextricable chemistry between the five of us, which will never go away, because that just is what it is, y’know, until we’re 90 it’ll be there. No matter how far we go apart in our different spheres of music, when we get together, it’s just something that, y’know, sparks fly."
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.