Christine McVie's musical gene pool
Despite her musical background, she went to college with the goal of becoming an art teacher, but didn't abandon music. She met some members of a band called Sounds of Blue, which led to her becoming the band's bass guitarist. She also dated, and played folk music with another soon-to-be well known musician, Spencer Davis.
Watch Christine McVie perform "Everywhere" during her final tour with Fleetwood Mac in 1997
McVie and The Mac
While they were out touring, Chicken Shack often bumped into Fleetwood Mac, and based on that exposure, McVie was hired to play piano on Fleetwood Mac's second album, Mr. Wonderful in 1968 and to provide backup vocals (and, using her art training, the album cover) on Kiln House in 1970. It was also in 1970 that she recorded her first solo album, Christine Perfect (later reissued with the title, The Legendary Christine Perfect Album,) married John McVie, and joined Fleetwood Mac fulltime as keyboardist, backup vocalist, and songwriter.
Watch the "Got a Hold on Me" music video from McVie's 1984 solo album, Christine McVee
The power years
In addition to her keyboard and vocal skills, McVie wrote many of the band's songs, including some of their best known, like "Don't Stop," "Over My Head," "Little Lies," "You Make Loving Fun" and "Say You Love Me." In 1984, she parlayed her high profile into her second solo album, Christine McVie.
Watch McVie and Nicks in a 1979 Warner Brothers anniversary promotion video
Off the road again
McVie never did like the grind of performing on the road. In the early '90s she begged off of touring, but continued writing and performing for the band's studio albums. She reluctantly agreed to tour again in 1997, but in 1998 she pulled the plug and retired from Fleetwood Mac permanently.
In 2003 she recorded her third solo album, In the Meantime. In 2013, she did a one-off performance with the Mick Fleetwood Blues Band, and was persuaded to perform one song at each of two Fleetwood Mac concerts in London.
Although she left Fleetwood Mac on good terms with her band mates, McVie has steadfastly refused repeated invitations to rejoin the band for full blown tours. Besides her well known dislike of touring, says Nicks, "She doesn't want to fly. She doesn't want to come back to America."
Watch Christine McVie performing "Songbird"
Christine McVie's non-Fleetwood Mac discography
1968 - 40 Blue Fingers, Freshly Packed and Ready to Serve
1970 - O.K. Ken?
1970 - Christine Perfect aka The Legendary Christine Perfect Album
1984 - Christine McVie
2004 - In the Meantime