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Peter Green (1946–2020), cofounder of Fleetwood Mac

by Linnea Crowther

Peter Green was an influential guitarist who was one of the cofounders of Fleetwood Mac.

Legendary music

Green cofounded Fleetwood Mac along with drummer Mick Fleetwood in 1967. The two had played together in John Mayall’s Bluesbreakers, and they soon recruited other musicians to join their new blues band. Known in its early days as Peter Green’s Fleetwood Mac, the band released its self-titled debut in 1968, with songs including Green’s “Merry Go Round” and “The World Keep on Turning.” Fleetwood Mac’s 1968 single “Black Magic Woman,” later covered by Santana, was also written by Green, as was their instrumental 1968 No. 1 hit “Albatross.” Green remained with the band for their first three albums before leaving in 1970.

After Fleetwood Mac

Green contributed to later Fleetwood Mac music including an uncredited appearance on 1979’s “Tusk,” playing guitar on the track “Brown Eyes.” He also recorded with Mick Fleetwood on his former bandmate’s 1981 album “The Visitor.” Green released several solo albums and formed the blues band Peter Green Splinter Group. In 1998, Green was inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame, along with other Fleetwood Mac members.

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Green on what the blues meant to him

“Well, it’s sadness. It’s sad. It’s supposed to be that, innit? It’s the blues. How the hell can you define it? It shouldn’t be a dangerous question.” —from a 1996 interview with Terrascope

What people said about him:

Full obituary: The Mercury News

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