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The Evolution of Christine McVie

By September 20, 2013

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Christine McVie's years with Fleetwood Mac were the band's most successful, but also their most turbulent. She joined the band just as co-founder Peter Green was leaving, starting the spin of a revolving door that eventually resulted in 15 different personnel lineups. There were also the years during which the band's two romantically involved pairings -- she and John McVie, Stevie Nicks and Lindsey Buckingham -- split up.

McVie was one of the key players in Fleetwood Mac's success. She wrote many of the band's best known songs, and brought what Nicks described in a recent BBC Radio 4 interview as vocal power. "We had a lot of power when there were two of us. That wasn't really so noticeable to us because we just had it until she left. I realised how much power we had when she was there, and how when she left she took 50% of the power with her."

Eventually, touring took its toll on McVie and in the early '90s she retired from the road and worked only on Fleetwood Mac's studio albums. Then, after being talked into a reunion tour in 1998, she left the band for good.

Artist profile: Christine McVie

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