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Melody Maker (09/20/1969), Surprise Award In Retirement

Surprise Award In Retirement

By Tony Wilson

Christine Perfect topping the British Female Singer section of the MM Pop has provided one of the surprises this year.

What makes it more amazing is the fact that Christine, who was featured vocalist and pianist with the Chicken Shack, has been in semi-retirement for the past few months.

“I was just completely stoned, I couldn’t believe it,” said Christine, speaking of her reaction to the news. “I was so surprised because I haven’t been working for the past five months. I thought I would be lucky to get in the Top Ten. I’m really thrilled.”

Although she hasn’t been making live appearances since she left the Shack, Christine, wife of Fleetwood Mac bass guitarist John McVie, has been concentrating on recording.

“I’ve started work on recording an album and a single,” said Christine, “which I intended to do all the time and now I’ve really been inspired by the poll. I didn’t know there were so many people who thought that much of me.”

Christine is hoping that her first single, as yet untitled, will be ready by the second week in October.

And with the added success of her poll win, Christine is looking forward to getting back to live dates as well.

“I shall try to get into cabaret,” Christine told MM. “The blues circuit isn’t right for a single girl, well not for me, anyway, and I think my act will be more for older people.”

Christine will use a small backing group of hand-picked musicians, but they won’t be kept on full time.

“But at the moment, I’m concentrating on getting a good single and good album together.”


Contributed by Mary Anne

Date: 1969-09-20         Number of views: 1999

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