Harry Styles honours Christine McVie with Songbird cover

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4 Dec 2022, 16:26

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The Fleetwood Mac icon passed away this week at the age of 79.

The music world continues to grieve for Christine McVie, the vocalist and keyboard player in Fleetwood Mac, who, after a brief illness, died in hospital on November 30th.

The latest star to pay tribute to McVie is Harry Styles, who pulled out a cover of Fleetwood Mac’s 1977 number 'Songbird' at his show in Santiago, Chile, on Thursday, December 1st.

'Songbird' was written and sung solely by McVie on Fleetwood Mac’s 1977 masterpiece Rumours. Styles stayed faithful to the original recording by playing acoustic guitar, backed by a piano.

Styles is the latest in a long-running list of fellow musicians who’ve paid their respects to the highly influential McVie, including Sheryl Crow, Japanese Breakfast, Garbage, and Fleetwood Mac bandmates Mick Fleetwood and Stevie Nicks.

The former One Direction member is currently in the midst of his massive 'Love On Tour', which is scheduled to run through July 2023. Secure your seats over at Ticketmaster.

Legend has it that McVie wrote 'Songbird' in half an hour around midnight. Not having anyone around to record it, and to ensure she didn't forget the chord structure and melody, she remained awake the entire night until she could see the band's producer, Ken Caillat, at the Sausalito Record Plant!