Fleetwood Mac founder Peter Green dies at 73

Fleetwood Mac founder Peter Green dies at 73

Fleetwood Mac founder Peter Green dies at 73

Singer-songwriter, guitarist, and founding member of Fleetwood Mac, Peter Green, on Saturday "died peacefully in his sleep at the age of 73", according to his family solicitors. The company included that an additional declaration will be given up the coming days. While Fleetwood Mac went on to massive success with the Rumours-era lineup of Mick Fleetwood, John McVie, Stevie Nicks, Christine McVie, and Lindsey Buckingham, Fleetwood has always credited Green for starting it all.

The 1970s for Green were punctuated by spells in psychiatric hospitals and courses of electrocovulsive therapy, which would leave him in a trance-like state.

However, he ultimately reclaimed his musical career and, taking the stage arm-in-arm with Fleetwood Mac's latter-day star Stevie Nicks, he appeared at the band's Rock and Roll Hall of Fame induction in NY in 1998.

Green and Fleetwood wanted McVie to join the group on bass, and named the band Fleetwood Mac to entice him - a strategy that was ultimately successful. "I know who I will be listening to today", he included.

He left Fleetwood Mac after a final performance in 1970 as he struggled with mental health difficulties and spiralling drug use, later sleeping rough.

After forming the awkwardly-titled "Peter Green's Fleetwood Mac featuring Jeremy Spencer" in 1967, Green walked away from the band after just three years in the grip of what would later be diagnosed as paranoid schizophrenia. He was the subject of the BBC FOUR documentary, "PETER GREEN: Man Of The World", and the band played a tour of IRELAND, GERMANY and ENGLAND, along with several dates in AUSTRALIA during MARCH, 2010. His shape-shifting riffs and long, improvisational excursions made Fleetwood Mac one of the most exciting live bands of the 1960s Blues explosion. In 1971, he briefly got back together with FLEETWOOD MAC, helping them complete a USA tour after the departure of JEREMY SPENCER, under the pseudonym PETER BLUE.

"Peter, I will miss you, but rest easy your music lives on", he added.

Green replaced Eric Clapton as the guitarist with John Mayall's Bluesbreakers in 1966.

Musician Peter Frampton also took to Twitter to mourn the loss of Green Saturday afternoon.

In 1965, he met with Diminish B's Looners part, where he would keep on setting up Fleetwood Macintosh, alongside drummer Mick Fleetwood and guitarist Jeremy Spencer.

Black Sabbath co-founder Geezer Butler simply called Green "one of the greats", calling his death "sad".

Green has frequently been noted by critics as one of the best guitarists of all time.

"R.I.P Peter Green. A unique artist and a attractive guitar player", British guitarist Johnny Marr, formerly of The Smiths, tweeted alongside a photo of Green.

Green is from Bethnal Green in east London.

Peter is survived by his daughter, Rosebud Samuels-Greenbaum, from his marriage with ex-wife Jane Samuels.

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