Fleetwood Mac co-founder and iconic British blues guitarist Peter Green has died at the age of 73. His family said in a statement: “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.”
Green began his career as a teenager playing in various UK outfits; he replaced Eric Clapton in John Mayall’s Bluesbreakers at the age of 19. A year later, Green brought Bluesbreakers drummer Mick Fleetwood with him to form Fleetwood Mac alongside guitarist Jeremy Spencer and Bob Brunning in London; a short time later, Brunning was replaced by Mayall’s bassist John McVie and the band recorded and issued their self-titled debut album in early 1968, which went Top 5 in the country.
Green wrote a number of classic tracks and hits for the group during the early years, including “Black Magic Woman”, “Man Of The World”, “Oh Well”, “The Green Manalishi (With the Two Prong Crown)” and the UK No.1 “Albatross.” A month after leaving Fleetwood Mac in the spring of 1970, Green recorded his solo debut, “The End Of The Game.” He returned to issue a second record, “In The Skies”, in 1979, and a yearly series of albums up until 1984.
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