He crashed out of the band in 1971.
One of Green's own compositions, this Latin-flavoured D minor blues belter hints at the direction he'd take Fleetwood Mac into in the future, and features some of the gnarliest amplifier feedback of the mid '60s. Fleetwood Mac ultimately broadened to consist of Stevie Nicks, Christine McVie, Lindsey Buckingham and others.
Green is from Bethnal Green in east London.
Green replaced Eric Clapton as the guitarist with John Mayall's Bluesbreakers in 1966. Clapton quit for good soon after and Green was in. Two years later, he teamed up with drummer Mick Fleetwood to form Fleetwood Mac, which went on to release popular United Kingdom hits like "Albatross" and "Man of the Hour". Fleetwood, whom Mayall had sacked for persistent misbehavior, joined immediately, while McVie, who was hesitant to leave his salaried status with his long-term boss, came aboard after making another album with the Bluesbreakers. Thankfully it was filmed, and should provide a suitable tribute to one of the great 60s heroes.
GREEN's songs included "Black Magic Woman", later a huge hit for SANTANA, as well as "Albatross", "Oh Well" and "Man Of The World", which have been covered by AEROSMITH, STATUS QUO, BLACK CROWES, MIDGE URE, TOM PETTY, JUDAS PRIEST and GARY MOORE, who recorded a whole album of GREEN compositions on the 1995 album, "Blues For Greeny".
Green himself was not in attendance, and it was possible he was not even aware of the event. Though he returned to recording in the late '70s, he wrote little of his own material; his wife and his brother Mike penned the majority of the songs for his albums of the '80s.
In some of his last appearances with the band, he wore a monk's robe and a crucifix. GREEN became obsessed with the "evil" of making money and tried to convince the other band members to give away theirs when they arrived at the commune to bring him home. The news of Green's death comes just one day after Fleetwood Mac announced the September 4 release of an eight-disc boxed set, Fleetwood Mac 1969-1974, which encompasses the Green era.
"For me, and every past and present member of Fleetwood Mac, losing Peter Green is monumental!" "I always hoped in my heart of hearts that that would happen", she wrote.
While touring Europe in late March 1970, Green took a large dose of LSD at a party at a commune in Munich, which Fleetwood Mac manager Clifford Davis suggested was the crucial point in his mental decline.
"He made me laugh, cry, wonder, and never failed to make me pinch myself when we were alone one to one".
"His legacy will live on forever in the history books of Rock n Roll".
"Peter, I will overlook you, but rest quick your audio life on", he added.
Green was confined in a mental hospital in 1977 after an incident with his manager.
Divorced from Jane Samuels Green, Green is survived by their daughter, Rose Samuels-Greenbaum. Green also has a son, Liam Firlej. He left the band after just a few years, but he was inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame with them in 1998.