British blues-rock guitarist, singer-songwriter, and Rock and Roll Hall of Fame inductee Peter Green is acclaimed as one of the all-time greats. First achieving recognition with John Mayall & the Bluesbreakers, in which he replaced Eric Clapton, Green founded Fleetwood Mac in 1967. As that band’s first leader, Green wrote classic songs including “Black Magic Woman,” “Oh Well,” “The Green Manalishi (With the Two Prong Crown),” “Man of the World” and “Albatross,” all of which were also major hit singles in England. At the height of Fleetwood Mac’s early popularity, Green succumbed to drug and mental health issues and left the band in May 1970. Despite continuing health challenges, Peter Green reemerged as a solo artist in the late ’70s with a series of albums on PVK Records, and later recorded and toured with the Peter Green Splinter Group in the late ’90s and beyond. Peter Green passed away in 2020 but his legacy and influence is everlasting.
Did you know?
- Peter Green replaced Eric Clapton in John Mayall & The Bluesbreakers
- Peter Green founded Fleetwood Mac and named the band
- Green was voted the third-best guitarist of all time in Mojo magazine, as well as one of Rolling Stone‘s top 100 guitarists