Fleetwood Mac guitarist along with co-founder Peter Green expires at 73

Fleetwood Mac guitarist along with co-founder Peter Green expires at 73

"It is with great sadness that the family of Peter Green announce his death this weekend, peacefully in his sleep", Green's family shared through lawyers, per the publication. The business additional that a more assertion will be offered in the coming days.

Tributes from other musicians poured forth Saturday. "He was a force to be reckoned with".

Fleetwood told Rolling Stone, "Peter was the man who started the band Fleetwood Mac along with myself, John McVie, and Jeremy Spencer". The co-founder of Fleetwood Mac passed away at 73. Notable singles included "Oh Well" and the Latin-flavored "Black Magic Woman", later a hit for Carlos Santana. It was in the beginning, Peter Green's Fleetwood Mac and I thank you, Peter Green, for that.

The dreamy instrumental "Albatross" - which John Lennon said influenced his song "Sun King" on the Beatles album "Abbey Road" - reached the top of the United Kingdom singles chart in 1968. He departed the band in 1970, just as they were on the rise, touring the US, playing shows with Grateful Dead and Santana. The line up is, from left to right: Mick Fleetwood, Peter Green, Jeremy Spencer and John McVie.

Green was released later in the year, and married Jane Samuels, a Canadian, in 1978.

In 1970, mental health issues and substance abuse forced Green out of Fleetwood Mac and he ended up sleeping rough and later underwent electro-convulsive therapy in hospital.

As the ABC points out, Green was troubled by earning too much money, and spent time persuading other band members to give more to charity.

Following extended hospitalization, he lived with his family.

"He stood there, like, for hours, with his arms slightly in front and in a trance, telling me how very frightened of it he was".

After another protracted layoff from music, Green weaned himself off his psychiatric medications; rejuvenated, he returned in 1996 with his Splinter Group, devoting himself largely to performing the classic blues repertoire.

"He said no, and I thought he was just about to put the phone down when I heard him say, 'Mick, play a real great one for me, won't you?' - and it just broke my heart". "He was an extraordinary guitarist and a great influence".

Born in London, Peter Green began playing the guitar early and was already peforming in a professionally by the age of 15. Given the seemingly impossible task of taking over from Eric Clapton for John Mayall's Bluesbreakers, once the guitar hero widely known simply as God had quit to form Cream, Green not only won over Clapton's followers but dared to move into new directions as a songwriter, as he showed with his eerie instrumental The Supernatural. After years of mind-expansion, he performed his final show with Fleetwood Mac on May 20 1970.

Green, to some listeners, was the best of the British blues guitarists of the 1960s. Mayall added bass player McVie soon after. KING in LONDON and made an uncredited appearance on FLEETWOOD MAC's "Penguin" LP in '73, on the song "Night Watch". "Wonderful" (No. 10, 1968), both cut with producer Mike Vernon.

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