Fleetwood Mac Co-Founder Peter Green 1946 – 2020

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Guitarist Peter Green, who co-founded Fleetwood Mac, has died at the age of 73. The BBC confirmed his death, publishing a note from his representatives that read:

“It is with great sadness that the family of Peter Green announce his death this weekend, peacefully in his sleep. A further statement will be provided in the coming days.”

Born in London on October 29, 1946, Peter Green met drummer Mick Fleetwood and bassist John McVie while they were members of John Mayall’s Bluesbreakers. Green served as Eric Clapton‘s replacement in the Bluesbreakers, but had intentions of starting a new group with Fleetwood and McVie. While McVie finished his tenure with Mayall, in 1967 Green was joined by Fleetwood, bassist Bob Brunning and slide guitarist Jeremy Spencer in forming what was initially called “Peter Green’s Fleetwood Mac Featuring Jeremy Spencer.”

McVie soon joined the group as did guitarist Danny Kirwan, but by 1970, declining mental health and heavy psychedelic drug use led to Green leaving Fleetwood Mac. That same year saw the release of Green’s debut solo album, The End Of The Game. Green made occasional appearances on stage and in the studio but by 1973 his mental health issues brought a halt to his career. Among Green’s notable songwriting credits are the early Fleetwood Mac staple “Albatross” and what later became a hit for Santana, “Black Magic Woman.”

Green resurfaced in 1979 with the solo album, In the Skies. He contributed to several records in the 1980s, including Mick Fleetwood’s solo album, The Visitor. In the 1990s, Green formed the Peter Green Splinter Group with Nigel Watson, Cozy Powell and others. The band released a number of albums between 1997 and their disbanding in 2004. Green continued performing, embarking on Peter Green & Friends tours beginning in 2009.

Green was inducted into the Rock And Roll Hall Of Fame with Fleetwood Mac in 1998. Mick Fleetwood led a tribute concert for Green in February 2020. The event held at the London Palladium featured Pink Floyd’s David Gilmour, ZZ Top’s Billy Gibbons, The Who’s Pete Townshend, The Rolling Stones’ Bill Wyman, Aerosmith’s Steven Tyler, Fleetwood Mac’s Christine McVie, along with John Mayall, Zak Starkey, Jonny Lang and others.