FLEETWOOD MAC co-founder Peter Green dies aged 73

Posted: July 25, 2020 in MUSIC
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Solicitors acting on behalf of 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.”

Blues rock guitarist Green, originally from Bethnal Green in east London, formed Fleetwood Mac with drummer Mick Fleetwood in 1967. Green left the band after a last performance in 1970, as he struggled with his mental health. He was eventually diagnosed with schizophrenia and spent time in hospital in the mid-70s.

He was among the eight members of the band – along with Fleetwood, Stevie Nicks, Lindsey Buckingham, John McVie, Christine McVie, Danny Kirwan and Jeremy Spencer – who were inducted into the Rock & Roll Hall of Fame in 1998. he band was originally called Peter Green’s Fleetwood Mac featuring Jeremy Spencer.

In February this year, artists including Fleetwood, Pink Floyd’s David Gilmour, ZZ Top’s Billy Gibbons and guitarists Jonny Lang and Andy Fairweather Low performed at the London Palladium in a gig celebrating the early years of Fleetwood Mac and its founder, Green. He wrote the huge hit Fleetwood Mac song “Albatross”.

Before forming Fleetwood Mac Green and Fleetwood previously played together in John Mayall & the Bluesbreakers.

He went on to form the Peter Green Splinter Group in the late 1990s.

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