Peter Green Dies at 73

He Co-Founded Fleetwood Mac

July 25, 2020
Peter Green 1968

Peter Green In 1968. Getty Images, Hulton Archive

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Everybody's heard of Fleetwood Mac, but not as many know about Peter Green, and that's a shame.

Green's lawyers announced he died peacefully in his sleep Saturday at the age of 73.

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After playing guitar with John Mayall's Blues Breakers, Green formed Fleetwood Mac with Mick Fleetwood in 1967. At this time, the group mainly did blues covers, but also had some originals you may have heard of--all written by Green. Among them--Black Magic Woman (later covered by Santana), Albatross, and Oh Well. Peter Green left Fleetwood Mac in 1970.

Green was diagnosed with schizophrenia, and also used drugs which caused problems for him throughout the years. He did re-emerge from time to time to create more music, but never reached the creative heights that he did with Fleetwood Mac.

Some years ago, I had a chance to see Peter Green at the Regent Street Retreat in Madison, sharing the bill with his old boss John Mayall.

The band was great, but for the most part, Green seemed lost. There were a few flickers of Green's guitar genius however, and when I met him afterwards he was sweet as could be, even calling me "love."