Peter Green, Fleetwood Mac Co-Founder, Dead at 73

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Fleetwood Mac co-founder and influential blues guitarist Peter Green has died at 73-years-old.

A law firm acting on behalf of his family, Swan Turton, announced his passing in a statement Saturday: "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 Oct. 29, 1946, Green founded Fleetwood Mac with drummer Mick Fleetwood in 1967. The duo also recruited John McVie to join as the band's bass guitarist. He was so crucial to developing the band that in its early days, it was referred to as Peter Green's Fleetwood Mac. 

The band made its debut at the British Blues and Jazz festival in the summer of 1967, eventually landing a recording contract and releasing its eponymous debut album by February 1968.  

He would guide the band through several heavy-blues rock albums, including the beloved releases "Albatross," "Black Magic Woman" and "Oh Well."

In 1971, Green would make a departure from the band as he struggled with drugs and his mental health - he was later diagnosed with schizophrenia. "Green Manalishi" would be his last single for the band.

Whitesnake's David Coverdale paid his respects to the legend on Twitter, sharing Green was an artist he truly "loved and admired." 

"I supported the original Fleetwood Mac at Redcar Jazz Club when I was in a local band... he was a breathtaking singer, guitarist and composer. I know who I will be listening to today. RIP"

Fleetwood Mac recently announced a massive box set documenting the band’s early years, out September 4th on Rhino. Fleetwood Mac 1969-1974 includes the studio albums Kiln House (1970), Future Games (1971), Bare Trees (1972), Penguin (1973), Mystery to Me (1973) and Heroes Are Hard to Find (1974) — all with bonus tracks.


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