The sad news came down Saturday that Fleetwood Mac co-founder Peter Green died at age 73.
Green, who was born in London's Bethnal Green into a Jewish family, was inducted into the Rock & Roll Hall of Fame in 1998, along with the rest of the band.
"It is with great sadness that the family of Peter Green announce his death this weekend, peacefully in his sleep", according to a statement from his attorneys, Swan Turnton.
Peter Green, Mick Fleetwood, and John McVie were all members of John Mayall's Bluesbreakers in the '60s (a band which also included future Cream members Eric Clapton and Jack Bruce, future Rolling Stones member Mick Taylor, and several others), and Green and Fleetwood formed Fleetwood Mac together in 1967, with McVie joining shortly afterwards. He played on their first three albums: Fleetwood Mac (1968), Mr. Wonderful (1968) and Then Play On (1969).
"Peter was asked why did he call the band Fleetwood Mac".
Singer/songwriter Cat Stevens paid tribute on Twitter to "the ineffable Peter Green", calling him "one of the unsung heroes of musical integrity, innovation, and spirit". 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.
While the band's early repertoire consisted largely of blues covers, Green's songwriting soon led them into original territory thanks tracks that included Black Magic Woman (a worldwide hit for Santana in 1971), the atmospheric Albatross and the classic Oh Well. He's best-known for co-founding Fleetwood Mac with drummer Mick Fleetwood in 1967.
But as the band flourished, Green became increasingly erratic, even paranoid.
In an interview with Johnny Black for Mojo magazine, Green said: "I was dreaming I was dead and I couldn't move, so I fought my way back into my body".
"He was taking a lot of acid and mescaline around the same time his illness began manifesting itself more and more", Fleetwood said in 2015. It was very dark and I found myself writing a song.
Green was released later in the year, and married Jane Samuels, a Canadian, in 1978.