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    Posted: 30 Nov 2022 at 8:43pm
Christine McVie, Keyboardist and Singer for Fleetwood Mac, Dead at 79

Quote Christine McVie, the longtime co-lead vocalist, keyboardist, and songwriter for Fleetwood Mac, has died. She was 79.

The band confirmed McVie’s death in a note shared on social media. “There are no words to describe our sadness at the passing of Christine McVie. She was truly one-of-a-kind, special and talented beyond measure. She was the best musician anyone could have in their band and the best friend anyone could have in their life. We were so lucky to have a life with her. Individually and together, we cherished Christine deeply and are thankful for the amazing memories we have. She will be so very missed.”


I was never a big fan of her songs or of Fleetwood Mac in general, but her voice was part of the soundtrack of my youth.

RIP Ms. McVie.

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I always thought Christine Perfect was a nickname. Seems that's actually her birth name.

I must've liked her looks more than I liked her songs or her voice. I just listened back on a number of her songs, and I don't even remember them.

I wasn't real fond of Stevie Nicks either.

Seems the Fleetwood Mac songs I like are ones written and sung by Bob Welch. I also like the song Tusk.

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I used to actually DISlike Stevie Nicks, though I liked her singing voice.

I would kind of roll my eyes and shake my head over the way she was always twirling around with those flowing veils or shawls or whatever her stage gimmick was.

Seemed like a put on.

I always felt kind of sorry for McVie, being so overshadowed by Nicks.

I wondered how much resentment there might have been between them.

I think Letterman kind of laughed at her a few times too.

He played this concert clip of her over and over where she was doing this kind tortured blues singer shtick and when she bent down, the neckline of her dress fell open and one of her ta-ta's almost flopped out.

You could definitely see it.

He got quite a bit of mileage out of that.
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I think she was supposed to be a witch or a gypsy. Those were common female tropes in 60s and 70s music. I bet there were hundreds of songs back then about gypsies and witchy women.

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Well, Nicks & co. were responsible for two of them.

Gypsy and Rhiannon.

You can guess which one was about which.

Or witch.

Whichever...

And of course who can forget Cher's Gypsies, Tramps and Thieves?


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Cher might've been the prototype for all that.

Mountain, Black Sabbath, War, the Eagles, Uriah Heep, Santana, Looking Glass, Bryan Hyland, Crow, Redbone, Donovan...the list goes on. They all had songs about gypsies, witches, evil women.



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That was the kind of mystical mindset decade the 70's were.

At least the early 70's.

Black light posters and incense.

One of my favorite songs back around '72 & '73 was.....



Album: "Demons and Wizards"

BTW, I think Led Zeppelin fed into that whole thing too, with their medieval, Lord of the Rings references.
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Yeah, I think that kind of stuff begat, or was begat by prog rock. In fact, I think Uriah Heep would've been prog rock at times. My own personal fave by Uriah Heep was the Look At Yourself album.



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I saw UH in concert twice. Mainly because they were my best friend's favorite band. I liked them too, though.

The fist time we saw them, Blue Oyster Cult was the opening act. The second time Long John Baldry opened.

During that show, UH's guitar player had broken his wrist and played with a cast on his strumming hand.

My favorite UH songs are The Wizard, Easy Livin' and Stealin'.

In no particular order.

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Wow. Long John Baldry. Such an important name in British music of the 60s and 70s, yet I don't think he ever had a hit.

I'll bet he did work with Fleetwood Mac at some point and in some way. I mean, so many musicians on that small island, they probably couldn't help but get in each other's business.

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Yeah, I've heard he was pretty influential. Played with the biggest of the big, too... i.e. The Beatles, The Stones, Elton John, Rod Stewart.

https://en.m.wikipedia.org/wiki/Long_John_Baldry

Awhile back, I was trying to remember the date in the early 90's that I saw Tom Petty and the Heartbreakers and also what songs they played. On a whim, I did some Googlin' and found several sites that provide detailed information on concerts going back decades.

The two UH shows I went to were in '72 (with Baldry) and '75 (with BOC).

Here's a screenshot of each tour....

July '72...



August '75...



I was already finished with high school by the second show.

I didn't remember that. I always thought I went to that one between my junior and senior year.

Kinda cool looking up that old stuff.

https://concerts.fandom.com/wiki/Concerts_Wiki


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Unhappy Very sad to hear about it. I always liked her, and the songs "Got a Hold On Me," "Say You Love Me," "Little Lies," and yes, even "Everywhere," which is being used in some recent car ad I think.
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I always thought Christine was the best vocalist Fleetwood Mac ever had. Just her range I liked. I was shocked she was 79 as like Stevie, aged really well. May she R.I.P.
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