CHRISTINE McVie was a 'massive talent' says former Kidderminster bandmate Stan Webb.

Fleetwood Mac’s Christine McVie, whose death was announced yesterday, found stardom thanks to Kidderminster friends Stan Webb and Andy Silvester.

She joined them in 1967 to form Chicken Shack before going on to be a member of Fleetwood Mac.

Mr Webb has paid tribute to Christine who said only joined Chicken Shack to ‘shut them up’.

He said: “In 1966 we talked Chris into joining Chicken Shack.

“She didn’t want to for ages and at that time there weren’t really any female band members on the British blues scene.

“I think she only joined to shut us up.

“In 1967 we played at the Star Club Hamburg for 6-7 hours a night!

“Back in the UK, we met Mike Vernon of Blue Horizon records; Fleetwood Mac and Chicken Shack used the same studios, and it was there that Chris met Peter Green and Fleetwood Mac.

“The rest is wonderful history.

“We sowed the seed and from that seed grew this massive talent.

“I am grateful to have been a part of it. RIP Chris, a legend never dies. Lots of love, Stan.”

Fleetwood Mac described Christine as ‘one-of-a-kind, special, and talented beyond measures’.

The band said on Twitter: “There are no words to describe our sadness at the passing of Christine McVie. She was truly one-of-a-kind, special and talented beyond measure.

“She was the best musician anyone could have in their band and the best friend anyone could have in their life.

“We were so lucky to have a life with her. Individually and together, we cherished Christine deeply and are thankful for the amazing memories we have. She will be so very missed.”