Christine Perfect

Christine Perfect

Female 1943 - Yes, date unknown    Has 2 ancestors but no descendants in this family tree.

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  • Name Christine Perfect 
    Relationshipwith Francis Fox
    Born 12 Jul 1943  Birmingham, England, UK Find all individuals with events at this location 
    Gender Female 
    Died Yes, date unknown 
    Person ID I328780  Geneagraphie
    Last Modified 11 Apr 2007 

    Father Prof Cyril Perfect,   d. Yes, date unknown 
    Mother Beatrice,   d. Yes, date unknown 
    Family ID F209620  Group Sheet  |  Family Chart

    Family 1 John McVie,   b. 26 Nov 1945, London, Middlesex, England Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. Yes, date unknown 
    Married Aug 1968 
    Divorced 1976 
    Last Modified 28 May 2006 
    Family ID F136240  Group Sheet  |  Family Chart

    Family 2 Dennis Wilson,   b. 4 Dec 1944, Hawthorne, California, USA Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 28 Dec 1983, California, USA Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 39 years) 
    Last Modified 28 May 2006 
    Family ID F136635  Group Sheet  |  Family Chart

    Family 3 Eduardo Quintela,   d. Yes, date unknown 
    Married 18 Oct 1986 
    Divorced 2003 
    Last Modified 28 May 2006 
    Family ID F136057  Group Sheet  |  Family Chart

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    • Inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame in 1998 (as a member of Fleetwood Mac).
      Ranked #63 on VH1's 100 Greatest Women in Rock N Roll
      Worked a little bit on Fleetwood Mac's 2003 album, but did not tour with them. Quit touring with Fleetwood Mac after "The Dance" tour in 1997.
      Announced her retirement from music when she married John McVie , but was coaxed out of it the next year by Fleetwood Mac, which up to that time had been an all-male band with a raunchy stage act

      Coming from such a musical family, Christine was given lessons on the piano at the age of four, but her parents soon realized she was not enjoying it in the least: "Thanks to them, they were wise enough to let me stop, and then I took it up again of my own volition when I was about 11." (Incidentally, she claims that it was difficult growing up with the surname 'Perfect': "My schoolteacher would say to me, 'Well I certainly hope you are, Christine.' It was severe... a lot of people ask me why I still keep my married name, now that I'm no longer married, and the answer is obvious-- because I didn't like the name Perfect! " ) She continued taking classical music lessons until the age of 15, when her 19 year old brother, John (currently an entomologist w/ the government in England) brought home a Fats Domino songbook-- as she says, it was "Goodbye Schubert-- hello rock n' roll." On one occasion she and a pal sneaked down to London, hoping to impress some talent scouts by playing "Walk, Don't Run" on acoustic guitars before a Shadows concert.
      Christine attended Art College in Birmingham for 5 years, and during this time she began playing in blues bands with other students; her first real band was called Shades of Blue, in which "for some obscure reason" she played bass. She would also occasionally sing with Spencer Davis, who went on to front his teenager, but upon seeing Spencer for the first time: "I swore I would get thin and go out with him. And I did." She went on to say their relationship turned out to be "more musical than illicit." ) After five years at the art college, Christine graduated with a teaching degree in sculpture and moved to London, where she got a job as a window dresser at a Regent Street store. In 1967, she again met her old bandmates Andy Sylvester and Stan Webb, who invited her to play keyboards and sing backing vocals in their new band, Chicken Shack , and she immediately accepted. She remembers, "I didn't have a clue as to what to do on piano. (Stan Webb) bought me a Freddie King album... and that was beginning of my absolute love for the blues." The band played at the 1968 Windsor Jazz and Blues Festival, along with John Mayall 's Bluesbreakers (with John McVie on bass) and Fleetwood Mac. The band lived "a very rough life," carting their own equipment to and from five-sets-a-night gigs, but throughout it all, Christine was a devoted Fleetwood Mac fan, and she used to go and see them whenever she wasn't working herself: "They were like a drug... they were so good. They had a real magic about them that was infectious." She played piano at some Fleetwood Mac studio sessions, but claims she never "had designs" on anyone in the band, since they already had girlfriends. (She actually had been engaged to a Swedish fellow, and "ran around the house screaming" after he ended their two year relationship.)

      Chicken Shack and Fleetwood Mac often ran into each other playing the same clubs, and for awhile Christine sort of had her eye on the charismatic Peter Green . One night, after having a few drinks and a few laughs with her, John McVie asked Chris if she'd care to go out to dinner with him. She had thought he was engaged, but he told her that was all over: "I thought he was devastatingly attractive, but it had never occurred to me to look at him before." (Chris explains how she began dating John, 34 seconds )The two courted for awhile, until John went off to America for 6 weeks with Fleetwood Mac, and she didn't hear from him once: "At this point I was really crazy about him, but I didn't know what was going on with him." While playing gigs in Munich with Chicken Shack , she had a strange affair with "a crazy German D.J., who wanted to whisk me off and marry me...I turned him down, and wrote John a big letter." McVie proposed upon his return to England, and the two were married in August 1968. (The night before the wedding she received a call from Peter Green , who was to be their best man, telling her, "You're crazy-- you don't even know this guy!") She went ahead and married John anyway, and they honeymooned in Birmingham before going their separate ways with their respective bands.
      Both John and Chris spent a lot of time on the road, and the couple rarely saw each other. So, in 1969, Christine announced that she would be "retiring" from the music business to be a housewife. The news that she was leaving the group coincided with the release of Chicken Shack 's only big hit, "I'd Rather Go Blind," and that year she was voted Best Female Vocalist in the Melody Maker's readers poll. (She was also awarded the title of having one of the top ten pairs of legs in all of Britain.) She was encouraged to get her own band together and do a brief solo tour: "I wasn't keen on giving up my life of leisure as a housewife, but then I did enjoy being able to earn money independently." The tour came to an untimely end in Nottingham, however, when Christine ran off the stage in tears, overcome by her own imaginary defects-- "Even worse, I had to come back on and finish the set." She also released a solo album, called Christine Perfect , an album that she now feels is "not very representative of me-- I wrote very few songs at that time, and the ones that I did write-- I'd just as soon have them slipped under a carpet somewhere." Thus, her confidence was not in the greatest shape when she was asked to join Fleetwood Mac in 1970. The band was just about to embark on their first tour without Peter Green , and went into a bit of a panic, thinking that their sound wasn't full enough. Since Chris had been an uncredited guest (playing keyboards and singing background vocals, as well as painting the album cover) on Kiln House , and had sat through hours of rehearsals, she knew all the songs anyway, and was invited to join the band: "Ten days later we were playing in New Orleans. I'd never been to America before, except when I visited John one Christmas." She recalls it was a nerve-wracking experience, playing onstage with her favorite band

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