Bill Clinton has expressed his gratitude to the late Christine McVie for lending Fleetwood Mac’s “Don’t Stop” to his 1992 presidential campaign.
McVie, who wrote and sang on the 1977 single “Rumours,” died yesterday (November 30) at the age of 79. In a statement, his family said he “passed away peacefully in hospital” after a short illness.
Since then, many musicians have paid tribute to McVie on social media, including his former bandmates Stevie Nicks and Mick Fleetwood.
Writing on Twitter today (December 1), Clinton – who was the 42nd US president from 1993-2001 – said she was “saddened” to learn of McVie’s death before recalling his association with Fleetwood Mac.
“‘Don’t Stop’ was my ’92 campaign theme – it perfectly captured the mood of a nation yearning for better days,” Clinton wrote. “I am grateful to Christine and Fleetwood Mac for giving us such a meaningful song. I will miss her.”
In January 1993, Fleetwood Mac’s “Rumours”-era McVie, John McVie, Lindsey Buckingham, Nicks and Fleetwood performed together for the first time in six years at Clinton’s inauguration.
The group completely reformed four years later and recorded a live album, “The Dance”, in Burbank, California. McVie left Fleetwood Mac in 1998 before returning to the fold in 2014.
Clinton presented statues to Fleetwood Mac as 2018 MusicCares honorees: “They let me use [‘Don’t Stop’] as a theme song and I’ve been trying to live with it ever since,” he said at the event in New York (via Reuters).
The video accompanying Clinton’s tribute tweet says that “Don’t Stop” had “an indelible connection with Clinton, playing at her rallies and convention appearances in the years following her presidency.”
Accompanying the film’s soundtrack, the clip features archival footage and photos of Fleetwood Mac and the former President of the United States.
McVie last performed on stage with Fleetwood Mac in November 2019, according to Setlist.FM. You can see pictures of that concert here.
The late musician joined Fleetwood Mac in 1970 and was behind some of their biggest hits including ‘Little Lies’, ‘Everywhere’, ‘Songbird’ and ‘You Make Loving Fun’.
Paying tribute on social media yesterday, Nicks wrote: “I was told a few hours ago that my best friend in the whole world has passed away since the first day of 1975.
“I didn’t even know she was sick … until Saturday night. She wanted to be in London; she wanted to go to London, but they told us to wait.”
He then dedicated Haim’s emotional track “Hallelujah” to McVie, saying: “I thought I could sing it to her, and that’s why I’m singing it to her now. I always knew these words would be needed me one day. I can do it now…”.
Mick, for his part, said: “Part of my heart is flying today… I will need everything about you, Christine McVie. They have so many memories… they fly to me.”