The Christine McVie List

In honor of her 73rd birthday, here are twenty-seven facts about, eight quotes from, and seven videos of the legendary Christine McVie.
  1. Her maiden name was Perfect.
    She used to joke with their Rumours/Tusk co-producer, Ken Caillat, that she really was perfect before marrying John McVie.
  2. Her father was a concert violinist, music lecturer at St. Peter's College of Education, and violin teacher at St. Philip's Grammar School while her mother claimed to be a medium, psychic, and faith healer.
  3. Her grandfather had been an organist at Westminster Abbey.
  4. Her first introduction to the piano came at four but she didn't become serious about it until she was eleven.
  5. She played classical music until her brother John brought home a Fats Domino songbook when she was fifteen.
    Another early influence during this time were The Everly Brothers.
  6. She studied sculpture at an art college with the intention of being a teacher but by the time she graduated, she realized she didn't want to teach.
  7. The first band she played in was called Sounds of Blue.
  8. She briefly worked as a window dresser at a department store because she lacked the funds needed to enter the art world.
  9. In 1967, she joined two of her ex-Sounds of Blue bandmates in their newly formed band, Chicken Shack.
    They released two albums and had a minor hit with the song "I'd Rather Go Blind" during her time there.
  10. She married John McVie in August 1968, which subsequently led her to leave Chicken Shack in 1969 because they found it too hard to be apart.
  11. She contributed background vocals and the cover art for the Fleetwood Mac album Kiln House, but didn't become an official member of the band until shortly after its completion.
    Her first credited appearance as a band member came on 1971's Future Games.
  12. She was the songwriting glue that held the band together during a period of revolving band members.
  13. She ultimately decided Stevie Nicks and Lindsey Buckingham's future with Fleetwood Mac.
    The band needed a guitarist and wanted Lindsey to fill that role, but he would only join if they agreed to take Stevie too. The problem was that the band already had a female member. Not one to be easily defeated, Mick Fleetwood suggested the two groups meet for lunch at Mexican restaurant nearby with the understanding that Christine had the final say on Stevie's addition to the band. Luckily, they hit it off and both Lindsey and Stevie received invites to join the band.
  14. Her song "Over My Head" from 1975's Fleetwood Mac was responsible for the band breaking into American radio, and became a Top 20 hit.
  15. She wrote "You Make Loving Fun" about the band's lighting director, Curry Grant, who she had began an affair with in 1976.
    Knowing his temper, she tried to convince John she had written it about her dog.
  16. She disliked Stevie Nicks's original version of "Dreams" because she thought it was boring.
    She changed her mind, though,after Lindsey reworked it so that each section sounded completely different.
  17. Her highest charting song was "Don't Stop", which climbed all the way to number three on the charts.
  18. She dated and was engaged to Dennis Wilson of The Beach Boys.
    The song "Hold Me" from 1982's Mirage was about this relationship. (They broke up before his death in 1983.)
  19. She's released three solo albums: Christine Perfect (1970), Christine McVie (1984), and In The Meantime (2004).
    The Christine Perfect album was reissued as The Legendary Christine Perfect Album in 1976.
  20. While touring for 1990's Behind the Mask, her father died and she decided to retire from touring.
    But although she had retired from touring, she still contributed songs to 1992's boxset 25 Years—The Chain and 1995's Time.
  21. It was a Lindsey Buckingham solo album that led her and the other band members to reunite for 1997's The Dance.
    Lindsey was already working with Mick and John when he called Christine and asked her to work on a few songs with him. It didn't take long for the four of them to realize that it was time for an official Fleetwood Mac reunion so they called Stevie and the rest is history.
  22. In 1998, she developed a phobia about flying which ultimately caused her to leave the band.
    She later overcame this with the help of psychotherapy.
  23. She received an honorary doctorate in music from the University of Greenwich in 2000.
  24. Along with Stevie Nicks and Lindsey Buckingham, she was named the 83rd greatest living songwriter/songwriting team by Paste magazine in 2006.
  25. In 2013, she played with Mick Fleetwood and ex-Fleetwood Mac guitarist Rick Vito in Maui, Hawaii.
  26. She made her first onstage appearance with Fleetwood Mac in fifteen years when she joined them to sing "Don't Stop" during their September 2013 tour stop at The O2 Arena in London.
    She officially rejoined the band on January 13, 2014.
  27. Vera Farmiga was once attached to play her in a Dennis Wilson-biopic called The Drummer.
    The project has since been cancelled.
  28. QUOTES:
  29. "I don't have a star-type attitude. I'm down-to-earth. I tend to laugh at my success. I don't take myself all that seriously. If you take yourself too seriously in this business, you'll get hurt badly."
  30. "Other people seem to write about love, don't they? It seems to be the least pretentious subject to write about. I've been taking a lot of criticism for it, but at least it's honest. But one shouldn't go and make a solo album if they can't take a little knocking, should they?"
  31. "You can only mend the vase so many times before you have to chunk it away."
  32. "There's a whole bunch of unfinished stuff. Then I've got books of lyrics. I find it frustrating to finish a song and not be able to record it... so I don't write a million songs."
  33. "I never have thought about a video while I'm writing. I've always been of the mind that music should be heard and not seen. It's a strange thing that's going on. I don't know if it's good or not."
  34. "Learn your instrument. Be honest. Don't do anything phony. There is so much crap floating around. There is plenty of room for a bit of honest writing."
  35. "Stevie writes ethereal mystical lyrics, but the moment I write words like that, I get this chill up my spine, kind of getting embarrassed and not feeling sincere about it. But if you're sincere, you can write anything you like. In this stage of my musical life I don't feel honest doing that."
  36. "The last thing I ever thought was that this band could seriously work together again."
  37. VIDEOS:
  38. Fleetwood Mac— "Over My Head"
  39. Fleetwood Mac— "You Make Loving Fun"
  40. Fleetwood Mac— "Oh Daddy" (Rumours Outtake) [Stevie once commented that this song is about as dark as Christine goes.]
  41. Fleetwood Mac— "Don't Stop" (1977)
  42. Fleetwood Mac— "Say You Love Me" (The Dance, 1997)
  43. Fleetwood Mac— "Little Lies" (Today Show, 2014)
  44. Fleetwood Mac— "Songbird"