Christine Perfect – Crazy ‘Bout You Baby
Christine Anne Perfect (born 12 July 1943), professionally known as Christine McVie, is an English singer-songwriter and keyboardist. Her fame came as a member of rock band Fleetwood Mac, joining the band in 1970 while married to bassist John McVie. Eight songs she had written and sung are on the band’s Greatest Hits album, including “Don’t Stop”, “Little Lies”, “Everywhere”, “Over My Head”, and “You Make Loving Fun”. She has also released three solo albums. AllMusic critic Steve Leggett noted McVie’s “naturally smoky low alto vocal style”, describing her as an “Unabashedly easy-on-the-ears singer/songwriter, and the prime mover behind some of Fleetwood Mac’s biggest hits.”
In 1998, as a member of Fleetwood Mac, McVie was inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame and received the Brit Award for Outstanding Contribution to Music. Since retiring from the band, she has worked on solo material in her converted barn at her home in Wickhambreaux in Kent. McVie appeared on stage with Fleetwood Mac at London’s O2 Arena in September 2013, and rejoined the band in January 2014. Her first full shows since her return came during Fleetwood Mac’s On with the Show tour in October 2014. In 2014 she received the British Academy’s Ivor Novello Award for Lifetime Achievement.
McVie studied sculpture at an art college in Birmingham for five years, with the goal of becoming an art teacher. During that time she met a number of budding musicians in Britain’s blues scene.Her first foray into the music field didn’t come until she met two friends, Stan Webb and Andy Silvester in a pub one night. At the time, they were playing in a band called “Sounds Of Blue” which had a few dates booked, but no bass guitarist. Knowing that McVie had musical talent, they asked her to join. Also, during that time, she often sang with Spencer Davis. After five years, McVie graduated from art college with a teaching degree, but by that time “Sounds of Blue” had split up.
Fresh out of art college, McVie found she did not have enough money to launch herself into the art world, so she moved to London, where she worked briefly as a department store window dresser.
In 1967 McVie learned that her ex-band mates, Andy Silvester and Stan Webb, were forming a blues band, Chicken Shack, and were looking for a pianist. She wrote to them asking to join, and they invited her to play keyboards/piano and to sing background vocals. Chicken Shack’s debut release was “It’s Okay With Me Baby”, written by and featuring McVie.She stayed with Chicken Shack for two albums, during which her genuine feel for the blues became evident, not only in her Sonny Thompson-style piano playing, but through her authentic “bluesy” voice. Chicken Shack had a hit with “I’d Rather Go Blind”, which featured McVie on lead vocals. Perfect received a Melody Maker award for female vocalist in both 1969 and 1970. McVie left Chicken Shack in 1969 after marrying Fleetwood Mac bassist John McVie a year earlier.
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