Peter Green Wiki – Biography
Peter Green was an English blues-rock singer-songwriter and guitarist. As a co-founder of Fleetwood Mac, he was inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame in 1998. Green’s songs, such as “Albatross”, “Black Magic Woman”, “Oh Well”, “The Green Manalishi (With the Two Prong Crown)” and “Man of the World”, appeared on singles charts, and several have been adapted by a variety of musicians.
Green was a major figure in the “second great epoch” of the British blues movement. B.B. King commented, “He has the sweetest tone I ever heard; he was the only one who gave me the cold sweats.” Eric Clapton has praised his guitar playing; he is noted for his use of string bending, vibrato, and economy of style.
Rolling Stone ranked Green at number 58 in its list of the “100 Greatest Guitarists of All Time”. His tone on the instrumental “The Super-Natural” was rated as one of the 50 greatest of all time by Guitar Player. In June 1996, Green was voted the third-best guitarist of all time in Mojo magazine.
He was barely out of his teens when he got his first big break in 1966, replacing Eric Clapton in John Mayall’s Bluesbreakers — initially for just a week in 1965 after Clapton abruptly took off for a Greek holiday. Clapton quit for good soon after and Green was in.
In the Bluesbreakers, he was reunited with Fleetwood, a former colleague in Peter B’s Looners. Mayall added bass player John McVie soon after. The three departed the following year, forming the core of the band initially billed as “Peter Green’s Fleetwood Mac featuring (guitarist) Jeremy Spencer.”
Fleetwood Mac made its debut at the British Blues and Jazz festival in the summer of 1967, which led to a recording contract, then its first album in February 1968. The album, which included “Long Grey Mare” and three other songs by Green, stayed on the British charts for 13 months.
The band’s early albums were heavy blues-rock affairs marked by Green’s fluid, evocative guitar style, and gravelly vocals. Notable singles included “Oh Well” and the Latin-flavored “Black Magic Woman,” later a hit for Carlos Santana.
But as the band flourished, Green became increasingly erratic, even paranoid. Drugs played a part in his unraveling.
On a tour in California, Green became acquainted with Augustus Owsley Stanley III, notorious supplier of powerful LSD to The Grateful Dead and Ken Kesey, the anti-hero of Tom Wolfe’s book “The Electric Kool-Aid Acid Test.”
“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. “We were oblivious as to what schizophrenia was back in those days but we knew something was amiss.”
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. I woke up and looked around. It was very dark and I found myself writing a song. It was about money; ‘The Green Manalishi’ is money.”
Green left the band in 1971. Even so, Mick Fleetwood said in an interview with The Associated Press in 2017 that Green deserves the lion’s share of the credit for the band’s success.
Peter Green Age
Peter Green was 73 years old. He was born on October 29, 1946, in Bethnal Green, London, United Kingdom. He died on July 25, 2020.
Green married Jane Samuels in January 1978; the couple divorced in 1979.
The couple has a daughter, Rosebud (born 1978).
Peter Allen Greenbaum was born in Bethnal Green, London, on 29 October 1946, into a Jewish family, the youngest of Joe and Ann Greenbaum’s four children. His brother, Michael, taught him his first guitar chords and by the age of eleven Green was teaching himself. He began playing professionally by the age of fifteen, whilst working for a number of East London shipping companies
Enduring periods of mental illness and destitution throughout the 1970s and 1980s, Green moved in with his older brother Len and his wife Gloria, and his mother in their house in Great Yarmouth, where a process of recovery began.
Cause of Death
He died on July 25, 2020, at the age of 73, According to a family statement released on Saturday, the English singer-guitarist died in his sleep.
“It is with great sadness that the family of Peter Green announces his death this weekend, peacefully in his sleep,” the statement reads.
The Whitesnake musician wrote on Instagram: ‘I can’t quite express my feelings this afternoon after learning of Peter’s death.
‘I’m just thinking of the times we spent together in the last couple of years, hanging out with him at his home was very special.
‘A memory I’ll cherish. He made me laugh, cry, wonder, and never failed to make me pinch myself when we were alone one to one.
‘There I was, sat with my hero. As a musician I can only be one of the millions he touched, his talent for guitar playing, vocals and harmonica would have been more than most people could have possibly wished for, and then you add those wonderful songs, original, vibrant, atmospheric, outright psychedelic, and so much fun, to listen to and witness.
‘Those early days of Fleetwood Mac will stay in my mind forever. Many more words will be written and spoken about Peter, but I will – very simply – just miss him.
‘This photograph was taken at his house in February – the day of the London Palladium show.
‘He was in a cheeky mood, and when I asked him if he would like to have been in London, he shrugged a little, gave me a smile and said, ‘No, I’m having a cup of tea with you. He made great tea. Of course. RIP PG’.
Novelist Linda Grant paid tribute to Green on Twitter, writing: ‘I’m so sorry to learn of the death of Peter Green aged only 73. He had so much soul. I loved him’.
Black Sabbath’s Geezer Butler described Green as ‘one of the greats’. He tweeted: ‘Sad to hear of Peter Green passing- one of the greats. RIP.’
Peter Green’s net worth is $15million (£11.7million) in 2017, according to site Rock Star net worth.