Peter Green, one of the founding members of Fleetwood Mac, has died.
The family put out a statement that said … “It is with great sadness that the family of Peter Green announce his death this weekend, peacefully in his sleep.”
Green, a blues/rock guitarist, created Fleetwood Mac with Mick Fleetwood way back in ’67, and the group produced an insane number of hits … the insanity only surpassed by the drama inside the group.
Among the hits … “Black Magic Woman” and “Need Your Love So Bad.”
The group was originally known as Peter Green’s Fleetwood Mac featuring Jeremy Spencer. It’s a mouthful, and was collapsed to simply Fleetwood Mac several years later.
Peter left the group in 1970 and was replaced by Lindsey Buckingham. He struggled with mental illness, which was a principal reason he left the group.
There were 9 members of the band during the years — Mick, Peter, Stevie Nicks, Lindsey Buckingham, John McVie, Christine McVie, Danny Kirwan, Bob Welch and Jeremy Spencer. All but Welch were inducted into the Rock & Roll Hall of Fame in 1998.