The co-founder of Fleetwood Mac, Peter Green, has died aged 73. The influential blues-rock musician was instrumental in their success.
Green’s family announced the guitarist’s sad passing via their solicitor and offered up a brief statement, with more to follow at a later date.
Green’s estate announced today that the guitarist had died, saying 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.”
The musician, born in the East end of London, hailing from Bethnal Green and formed Fleetwood Mac with close friend, and drummer, Mick Fleetwood way back in 1967.
Green had previously been filling in for Eric Clapton in John Mayall’s Blues Breakers prior to forming the group. But Green was enthused by Fleetwood’s passion and after they convinced John McVie to be a part of the group they helped to name Fleetwood Mac.
Green’s influence is quietly understated in the music of the time. His instrumental track ‘Albatross’ not only inspired The Beatles but countless other acts. It remains the band’s only number one.
Listen to ‘Albatross’ and raise a glass to the legendary Peter Green.