FLEETWOOD Mac's Christine McVie, whose death was announced yesterday, first found fame alongside Worcestershire musician Stan Webb. 

Back in 1967 Christine, then known as Christine Perfect, took up the invitation to join friends Stan Webb and Andy Silvester to form Chicken Shack along with Alan Morley.

Christine went on to play the keyboard and piano and to sing background vocals for the Kidderminster blues band.

She stayed with Chicken Shack with two albums, during which time she received an award for her vocals in 1969 and 1970.

In 1969, Christine left Chicken Shack after marrying John McVie who played bass in Fleetwood Mac.

She then joined her husband as a member of his band, going on to write some of Fleetwood Mac’s most loved songs including Songbird, You Make Loving Fun, Oh Daddy and Little Lies.

The death of the musician at the age of 79 was announced on Wednesday, November 30 by her family.

The statement said: “It is with a heavy heart we are informing you of Christine’s death. She passed away peacefully at hospital this morning, Wednesday, November 30 2022, following a short illness.

“She was in the company of her family. We kindly ask that you respect the family’s privacy at this extremely painful time and we would like everyone to keep Christine in their hearts and remember the life of an incredible human being, and revered musician who was loved universally.”

Tributes have flooded in for the star with Fleetwood Mac describing her as ‘one-of-a-kind, special, and talented beyond measures’.

The band said on Twitter: “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.”