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Peter Green, co-founder of Fleetwood Mac, dies at the age of 73


Peter Green, co-founder of Fleetwood Mac, died in his sleep at the age of 73, as his destroyed family has shown.

Swan Turton's lawyers said: “With great sadness, the family of Peter Green peacefully announces his death this weekend in his sleep.

"Another statement will be made in the coming days."

The news comes days after Fleetwood Mac announced it would release a retrospective boxing set documenting the band's early years between 1969 and 1974.

The influential blues rock guitarist from Bethnal Green in London founded Fleetwood Mac in 1967 with drummer Mick Fleetwood in London after working for John Mayall's Bluesbreakers for Eric Clapton.

Peter Green, co-founder of Fleetwood Mac, died in his sleep at the age of 73, as his destroyed family revealed (photo 1969).

Peter Green, co-founder of Fleetwood Mac, will appear on March 15, 2004 at the Royal Albert Hall in London on the show "One Generation 4 Another"

British rock musician Peter Green from the group Fleetwood Mac performed in London, England in the late 1960s or early 1970s

Swan Turton's lawyers said: “With great sadness, the family of Peter Green peacefully announces his death this weekend in his sleep. "Another statement will be made in the coming days."

Fleetwood Mac's epic journey – from the blues band of the sixties to the mega-famous rock group that sells 120 million records

Fleetwood Mac is one of the best-selling bands in the world with more than 120 million records worldwide. In 1979 the band was awarded a star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame and in 1998 was inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame.

1967 – Peter Green and Mick Fleetwood found Fleetwood Mac and add full-time bassist John McVie to the group.

1968 – Fleetwood Mac release their first two albums "Fleetwood Mac" and "Mr Wonderful" as well as the singles "Black Magic Woman", "Need Your Love So Bad" and the British number 1 hit "Albatross".

1969-70 – The band released their third album "Then Play On" before Frontmann Green dropped out after a bad acid trip in Munich.

1971-74 – Fleetwood Mac experiences a number of personnel changes after the collapse of the US tour and temporarily dissolves. A lawsuit is filed against band manager Clifford Davis, who recruits band legs to found The New Fleetwood Mac.

1975 – The band registers with Warner Bros and recruits guitarist Lindsay Buckingham and his girlfriend Stevie Nicks. They release a second self-titled album that tops the US charts and sells over seven million copies, and release the singles "Rhiannon" and "Landslide".

1977 – Fleetwood Mac release their eleventh studio album & # 39; Rumors & # 39;, a record inspired by the strained personal relationships of the band members. The album produced several top 10 singles, including "Go Your Own Way", "Dreams", "Don & # 39; t Stop" and "You Make Loving Fun". & # 39; Rumors & # 39; wins the Grammy Award for the best album and sells over 40 million copies worldwide.

1979 – The band is honored with a star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame and released & # 39; Tusk & # 39 ;, a 20-track double album. It produced the hit singles & # 39; Tusk & # 39 ;, & # 39; Think About Me & # 39; and nicks & # 39; & # 39; Sara & # 39 ;.

1982 – Fleetwood Mac released the album & # 39; Mirage & # 39; and takes a break.

1987 – The & # 39; Rumors & # 39; cast releases the album & # 39; Tango in the Night & # 39; that the Singles & # 39; Little Lies & # 39;, & # 39; Everywhere & # 39;, & # 39; Seven Wonders & # 39; and & # 39; Big Love & # 39; produces.

1987-today – The group disbanded and reformed, with key players Buckingham and Christine McVie missing in different places. In 1998 Fleetwood Mac was inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame.

Green and Fleetwood wanted John McVie to join the group on bass and named the band Fleetwood Mac to lure him in – a strategy that was ultimately successful.

Under his direction, the band produced three albums and a number of popular tracks, including Black Magic Woman and Oh Well.

Green left Fleetwood Mac after a recent appearance in 1970 when he was struggling with mental health problems and increasing drug use and later slept restlessly.

Eventually he was diagnosed with schizophrenia, and in the mid-1970s he spent time in hospitals that underwent electro-spasm therapy.

The band continued their transformed line-up with a core group of Fleetwood, Stevie Nicks, Lindsey Buckingham, John McVie and Christine McVie.

In this phase, her huge albums Fleetwood Mac and Rumors were created.

Green disappeared from the dark several times and founded the Peter Green Splinter Group with Nigel Watson and Cozy Powell in the late 1990s. They released nine albums between 1997 and 2004.

Fleetwood described Green in 1992 as "a great talent that persists to this day".

He added: “I consider myself very lucky to have played with him at all. Of course it annoys me, but there is nothing I can do about it. It is his life. I haven't seen him in years. & # 39;

Green was among the eight members – along with Fleetwood, Nicks, Buckingham, the McVies, Danny Kirwan and Jeremy Spencer – who were inducted into the Rock & Roll Hall of Fame in 1998.

Earlier this year, artists such as Fleetwood, Steven Tyler from Aerosmith, David Gilmour from Pink Floyd, Billy Gibbons from ZZ Top, and guitarists Jonny Lang and Andy Fairweather Low performed at the Palladium in London during a concert that included the early years of Fleetwood Mac and Green were celebrated.

The musician Peter Frampton tweeted: "Unfortunately I lost one of the tastiest guitarists of all time. I have always been a great admirer of the great Peter Green, may he rest in peace."

Yusuf / Cat Stevens said in a tweet that Green had become a model for him and wrote: “God bless the indescribable Peter Green, one of the unsung heroes of musical integrity, innovation and spirit.

"When I heard he left Fleetwood Mac in 1970 to live a real life and donate his wealth to charity, he became a role model for me."

Mumford and Sons guitarist Winston Marshall also tweeted a touching homage and thanked Green "for the music."

He wrote: & # 39; RIP Peter Green. GOAT. Man in the world, well, albatross, need your love so much. Some of my favorite songs and performances of all time. Thanks for the music & # 39 ;.

Actor David Morrissey praised Peter Green & # 39; s "fantastic soulful voice".

Peter Green, John McVie, Jeremy Spencer, Mick Fleetwood and Danny Kirwan form the Fleetwood Mac group

Peter Green, John McVie, Jeremy Spencer, Mick Fleetwood and Danny Kirwan form the Fleetwood Mac group

Fleetwood Mac's Peter Green performs live on stage and plays the Gibson Les Paul guitar

Peter Green performs live

The influential blues rock guitarist from Bethnal Green in London founded Fleetwood Mac in 1967 with drummer Mick Fleetwood in London after working for John Mayall's Bluesbreakers for Eric Clapton

Albatross: The Instrumental Masterpiece, The & # 39; God & # 39; Peter Green wrote after he & # 39; Slowhand & # 39; Eric Clapton and Chuck Berry had heard

Fleetwood Mac's timeless instrumental "Albatross" remains the band's only hit in the UK.

Released as a single in November 1968, it was played by Eric Clapton's guitar, Chuck Berry's Instrumental & # 39; Deep Feeling & # 39; inspired by 1957 and Santo & Johnny's Sleep Walk (1959).

The song contains only four chords – Emaj, Emaj7, A / E and F # m – played by Green on his Fender Stratocaster.

Peter Green had worked on the piece before joining the band of guitarist Danny Kirwan, who added the track's famous slide guitar sound.

& # 39; Albatross & # 39; was reissued many times as a single in different countries with many different B-sides.

The song was a success in several countries and remains Fleetwood Mac's only number 1 hit in the UK, which spent a week at the top in January 1969.

& # 39; Albatross & # 39; has sold 900,000 copies in the UK.

He said: “Not just one of our greatest guitarists, but also a man with a fantastic, soulful voice. I loved his playing and singing so much. RIP Peter Green. & # 39;

Guitarist Bernie Marsden shared a picture and his memories of Peter Green in a long tribute on social media.

The Whitesnake musician wrote on Instagram: “I can't fully express my feelings this afternoon after hearing about Peter's death.

"I'm just thinking about the time we've spent together in recent years. It was very special to hang out with him at home.

"A memory that I will cherish. It made me laugh, cry, wonder and kept pinching myself when we were one on one.

& # 39; There I was, sat with my hero. As a musician, I can only be one of the millions he touched. His talent for guitar, vocals and harmonica would have been more than most people could have wished for, and then add these wonderful songs, original, lively, atmospheric, downright psychedelic and so much fun to listen to and testify.

“I will remember those early days of Fleetwood Mac forever. There are still a lot of words written and spoken about Peter, but I will – simply – miss him.

& # 39; This photo was taken at his home in February – the day of the London Palladium Show.

'He was in a cheeky mood, and when I asked him if he would have liked to be in London, he shrugged a little, smiled at me and said,' No, I'm having a cup of tea with you. He made great tea. Naturally. RIP PG & # 39 ;.

Novelist Linda Grant paid tribute to Green on Twitter and wrote: “I am so sorry to hear about the death of Peter Green at the age of 73. He had so much soul. I loved him & # 39 ;.

Geezer Butler from Black Sabbath described Green as "one of the really big ones". He tweeted: “Sad to hear that Peter Green passed one of the very big ones. QUIET IN PEACE. & # 39;

There was a lot of sadness on Twitter when social media users praised the founder of & # 39; Green God & # 39;, Fleetwood Mac, Peter Green

There was a lot of sadness on Twitter when social media users praised the founder of & # 39; Green God & # 39;, Fleetwood Mac, Peter Green

Former Smiths musician Johnny Marr described Green in a tweet as "a unique artist and beautiful guitarist".

Whitesnake's David Coverdale said Green was an artist he "really loved and admired".

In a tweet he wrote: "An artist I really loved and admired … From the first time I heard him … I supported the Original Fleetwood Mac at the Redcar Jazz Club when I was in a local band Was … He Was It A stunning singer, guitarist and composer … I know who I'm going to hear today … RIP & # 39 ;.

Film director Edgar Wright tweeted: & # 39; RIP Fleetwood Mac co-founder and original singer Peter Green. What a belter that is. "Well" (Live 1969).

Scottish musician Midge Ure tweeted about Peter Green: “One of the big ones is gone. You taught me well. Supernatural man in the world Albatross Well & # 39 ;.

There was a lot of sadness on Twitter when social media users praised the founder of & # 39; Green God & # 39;, Fleetwood Mac, Peter Green

There was a lot of sadness on Twitter when social media users praised the founder of & # 39; Green God & # 39;, Fleetwood Mac, Peter Green

Green (second from right) was among the eight members - along with Fleetwood, Stevie Nicks, Lindsay Buckingham, the McVies, Danny Kirwan and Jeremy Spencer - who were inducted into the Rock & Roll Hall of Fame in 1998

Green (second from right) was among the eight members – along with Fleetwood, Stevie Nicks, Lindsay Buckingham, the McVies, Danny Kirwan and Jeremy Spencer – who were inducted into the Rock & Roll Hall of Fame in 1998

& # 39; Better than Eric Clapton & # 39;: The extraordinary talents of musical prodigy Peter Green, who left Fleetwood Mac after taking LSD in a German community

By Jack Wright for MailOnline

Before famously founding Fleetwood Mac with drummer Mick Fleetwood, he was born to a Jewish family in Bethnal Green in 1946 and was a full-time member of John Mayall's band The Bluesbreakers from 1966 to 1967.

Few people know that Green, who later referred to Shadows guitarist Hank Marvin as his "hero", made four appearances for Eric Clapton in 1965 before Clapton left The Bluesbreakers to found Cream.

According to Mike Vernon, producer at Decca Records, Green was described by John Mayall of Bluesbreaker as "better than Clapton".

"When the band went into the studio, I noticed an amplifier I had never seen before and said to John Mayall," Where's Eric Clapton? "Said Vernon.

Before famously founding Fleetwood Mac with drummer Mick Fleetwood, he was born to a Jewish family in Bethnal Green in 1946 and was a full-time member of John Mayall's band The Bluesbreakers from 1966 to 1967

Before famously founding Fleetwood Mac with drummer Mick Fleetwood, he was born to a Jewish family in Bethnal Green in 1946 and was a full-time member of John Mayall's band The Bluesbreakers from 1966 to 1967

Few people know that Green, who later referred to Shadows guitarist Hank Marvin as his "hero", made four appearances for Eric Clapton in 1965 before Clapton left The Bluesbreakers to found Cream

Few people know that Green, who later referred to Shadows guitarist Hank Marvin as his "hero", made four appearances for Eric Clapton in 1965 before Clapton left The Bluesbreakers to found Cream

Few people know that Green, who later referred to Shadows guitarist Hank Marvin as his "hero", made four appearances for Eric Clapton in 1965 before Clapton left The Bluesbreakers to found Cream

Mayall replied: He is no longer with us, he left us a few weeks ago. I was shocked, but Mayall said, "Don't worry, we have someone who is better."

"I said," Wait a minute, wait a second, that's ridiculous. Do you have someone who is better? As Eric Clapton? & # 39; John said, "He couldn't be better now, but wait, in a few years he'll be the best."

"Then he introduced me to Peter Green."

Music was a natural talent for Green. The youngest of four children, his brother Michael taught him his first guitar chords and had started teaching himself to play at the age of 11.

He started playing professionally at the age of 15 and played bass for a cover band called Bobby Dennis and the Dominoes. From there, Green joined an R&B band, the Muskrats, then a band called The Tridents.

Until Christmas 1965, Green played leading guitar in Peter Bardens & # 39; Band & # 39; Peter B & # 39; s Looners & # 39; where he met drummer Fleetwood.

After standing for Clapton in 1965, Green – who was nicknamed "The Green God" by his musician friends for his skills – made his debut with the Bluesbreakers on the A Hard Road album a year later. It contained two of his original songs, including the trademark "The Supernatural".

By 1967, Green had decided to leave the band and start his own blues group with Fleetwood and Jeremy Spencer on guitar.

Originally called "Peter Green & # 39; s Fleetwood Mac with Jeremy Spencer", the group played at the Windsor National Jazz and Blues Festival within a month of its inception and was quickly signed to Mike Vernon's Blue Horizon label.

John McVie, Danny Kirwan, Peter Green, Mick Fleetwood and Jeremy Spencer from "Fleetwood Mac" pose for a portrait in 1968

John McVie, Danny Kirwan, Peter Green, Mick Fleetwood and Jeremy Spencer from & # 39; Fleetwood Mac & # 39; pose for a portrait in 1968

John McVie, Mick Fleetwood, Peter Green and guitarist Jeremy Spencer - the early cast of the legendary band Fleetwood Mac

John McVie, Mick Fleetwood, Peter Green and guitarist Jeremy Spencer – the early cast of the legendary band Fleetwood Mac

Green & # 39; s state of mind quickly deteriorated. He took large amounts of LSD, grew a beard and started wearing robes and a crucifix (picture Green (left), with Jeremy Spencer performing live on TV).

Green & # 39; s state of mind quickly deteriorated. He took large amounts of LSD, grew a beard and started wearing robes and a crucifix (picture Green (left), with Jeremy Spencer performing live on TV).

Although the band played classic blues covers and blues-style originals in the early stages of Fleetwood Mac, Green & # 39; s songwriting flourished. In 1968 they scored a hit with Green’s Black Magic Woman’s – later covered by Santana – followed by the British number 1 hit & # 39; Albatross & # 39; in 1969. Other hits from Green followed, including & # 39; Oh Well & # 39 ;, & # 39; Man of the World & # 39 ;. (both 1969) and the ominous "The Green Manalishi" (1970).

After signing for a single on Immediate Records in 1969 (& # 39; Man of the World & # 39; before that label collapsed), the group signed with Warner Bros. Records' Reprise Records label and recorded their third studio album Then Play on on the group's new third guitarist, 18-year-old Danny Kirwan.

Green had seen Kirwan for the first time in 1967 with his blues trio Boilerhouse, with Trevor Stevens on bass and Dave Terrey on drums. Green was impressed by Kirwan's playing and used the band to support Fleetwood Mac before recruiting Kirwan for his own band in 1968 at Mick Fleetwood's suggestion.

At this point, however, Green's mental state deteriorated rapidly. He took huge cans of LSD, grew a beard and started wearing robes and a crucifix.

Peter Green appeared with Jeremy Spencer in the 1960s

Peter Green appeared with Jeremy Spencer in the 1960s

Fleetwood later recalled that Green was concerned about the accumulation of wealth and said, “I was talking to Peter Green at the time and he was obsessed with not making money and wanting to give it all away. And I would say, "Well, you can do it, I don't want to, and that doesn't make me a bad person."

When Green toured Europe in late March 1970, he took LSD to a party in a community in Munich, an incident that Fleetwood Mac manager Clifford Davis described as a crucial point in his mental decline.

In his autobiography, Communard Rainer Langhans mentions that he and Uschi met Obermaier Green in Munich, where they invited him to their high fish community.

Fleetwood Mac Roadie Dinky Dawson remembers that Green went to the party with another roadie, Dennis Keane, and that Keane, Dawson, and Mick Fleetwood traveled there to pick him up when Keane returned to the band's hotel to explain that Green would not leave the community.

In contrast, Green stated that when he spoke in 2009 he had good memories of the jamming in the community: “I had a good piece there, it was great, someone recorded it, they gave me a tape. People played along, some of us just played around and it was … yes, it was great. & # 39;

He said to Spencer at the time: "This is the most spiritual music I have ever recorded in my life." After a last appearance in May 1970, Green Fleetwood left Mac.

Although he briefly reunited with Fleetwood Mac in 1971, helping them end a US tour after guitarist Spencer left the group, Green went dark as his drug use increased and his mental state decreased.

Eventually, he was diagnosed with schizophrenia, and in the mid-1970s he spent time in psychiatric hospitals that underwent electro-spasm therapy.

In 1977 Green was arrested for threatening his accountant David Simmons with a shotgun – although the exact circumstances are the subject of much speculation.

In the 2011 BBC documentary "Peter Green: Man of the World," Green said that when he had just returned from Canada and needed money, he was referring to the fact that he was on a phone call with his account manager had brought back a gun from his travels.

His accountant immediately called the police, who moved Green & # 39; s house.

Looking back at his past behavior, Green said in 1988: “I am currently recovering from treatment for drug use. It was drugs that influenced me a lot. I took more than I intended.

I have taken LSD eight or nine times. The effect of this stuff lasts so long … I wanted to give all my money away … I somehow became holy – no, not holy, religious. I thought I could do it, I thought I was okay with drugs. My failure! & # 39;

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