Female rock stars who shaped the history of rock 'n' roll

Fleetwood Mac legend Christine McVie passes away at age 79

Stars Insider

02/12/22 | StarsInsider

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The music industry is mourning the loss of rock icon Christine McVie, a key member of the legendary Fleetwood Mac. The British star was responsible for writing some of the band's most beloved songs, including 'Little Lies,' 'Everywhere,' and 'Don't Stop.' She was one of the founding members of the group in the 1970s and was married to its bassist, John McVie. When Christine and John broke up, along with the band's other couple, Stevie Nicks and Lindsey Buckingham, their most popular album 'Rumours' was written. Inspired by the emotional turmoil they were all experiencing, it became one of the best-selling albums of all time. McVie stayed with the band for 28 years before retiring in 1998, citing a fear of flying as the reason for leaving. However, she made a comeback in 2014 to perform with them again, and joined them on their 2018-2019 tour, 'An Evening with Fleetwood Mac.' 

On November 30, a statement was released by McVie's family to share the sad and sudden news that she had passed away: "It is with a heavy heart we are informing you of Christine’s death. She passed away peacefully at hospital this morning, Wednesday, November 30th 2022, following a short illness. She was in the company of her family." 

Tributes poured in from her fans, fellow musicians, and bandmates. Stevie Nicks posted a photo of a handwritten message on Twitter, expressing her shock and devastation at the news. "A few hours ago I was told that my best friend in the whole world since the first day of 1975 had passed away," she wrote, going on to say that one particular song had been floating around her head since learning of her friend's grave illness just a few days earlier. The song was 'Hallelujah' by Haims, which features the lines, "I had a best friend but she has come to pass. One I wish I could see now. You always remind me that memories will last. These arms reach out."

Along with Christine McVie and Stevie Nicks, the following women shaped the history of rock 'n' roll. They have recorded some of the greatest hits in the genre and their music has left a lasting impact on many generations. Click on to see who they are. 

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