Fleetwood Mac co-founder Peter Green dead at 73

Founding Fleetwood Mac Member Peter Green

Fleetwood Mac co-founder Peter Green has died aged 73, a statement from solicitors acting on behalf of his family said.

The statement from Swan Turton solicitors said: ‘It is with great sadness that the family of Peter Green announce his death this weekend, peacefully in his sleep.

The singer-songwriter, who co-founded the band with Mick Fleetwood in 1967, was responsible for one of the band’s all time classic albums called Albatross.  

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In 1967, the singer-songwriter, who co-founded the band with Mick Fleetwood on drums and Jeremy Spencer on guitar. The band’s original name was “Peter Green’s Fleetwood Mac featuring Jeremy Spencer.”  Bob Brunning was temporarily employed on bass guitar, as Green’s first choice, former Bluesbreakers’ bandmate John McVie, was not yet ready to join the band.

While Albatross would be a groundbreaking album, the British guitarist’s other songs, such as Black Magic Woman, Oh Well, The Green Manalishi (With the Two Prong Crown) and Man of the World have also appeared on singles charts. Several have been adapted by a variety of musicians.

Rolling Stone ranked Green at number 58 in its list of the “100 Greatest Guitarists of All Time”. His tone on the instrumental “The Super-Natural” was rated as one of the 50 greatest of all time by Guitar Player

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After a final performance on 20 May 1970, Green left Fleetwood Mac. Green was diagnosed  schizophrenia and spent time in psychiatric hospitals undergoing electroconvulsive therapy during the mid-1970s. Many sources attest to his lethargic, trancelike state during this period.

SOURCE: DailyMail UK