INTL: BMG mourns the passing of the legendary Peter Green, co-founder of Fleetwood Mac
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BMG mourns the passing of Peter Green, legendary co-founder of Fleetwood Mac, who passed away at the age of 73 on July 25.
The influential singer-songwriter/guitarist and musical genius co-founded Fleetwood Mac with Mick Fleetwood in 1967, writing many of the group’s beloved early classics including ‘Albatross’, ‘Black Magic Woman’, ‘Man of the World’, and ‘The Green Manalishi (With The Two Pronged Crown)’ before shunning stardom and exiting the group. He was inducted into the Rock & Roll Hall of Fame in 1998.
A statement from the family said, “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."
A major figure in the British blues movement, Green was lauded as one of the greatest guitarists of all time by peers including Eric Clapton and BB King, as well as Rolling Stone, Guitar Player, and Mojo magazines. A former member of John Mayall’s Bluesbreakers, prior to forming Fleetwood Mac, Green would go on to release solo albums throughout the 80s and formed Peter Green Splinter Group in the 90s.
Though Green remained out of the public eye for much of the past decade, BMG recently collaborated with Mick Fleetwood on a sold-out all-star celebration of the music of Peter Green and early Fleetwood Mac, that took place on February 25 at the London Palladium with guests including Billy Gibbons, David Gilmour, Jonny Lang, Andy Fairweather Low, John Mayall, Christine McVie, Zak Starkey, Steven Tyler and Bill Wyman.
July 25, 2020 12:50pm ET by Pressparty