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Peter Green, Fleetwood Mac Co-Founder and Guitar Great, Dead at 73

Rock and Roll Hall of Fame inductee formed rock group with fellow Bluesbreaker Mick Fleetwood in 1967

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Daniel Kreps Jul 25, 2020

Peter Green, guitarist and co-founding member of Fleetwood Mac, has died at the age of 73. Photo: Hulton Archive/Getty Images

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Peter Green, guitarist and co-founding member of Fleetwood Mac, has died at the age of 73.

Green’s family confirmed his death in a statement to the BBC, “It is with great sadness that the family of Peter Green announce his death this weekend, peacefully in his sleep. A further statement will be provided in the coming days.”

The London-born blues guitarist first came to prominence beginning in 1965 when he was handpicked as Eric Clapton’s replacement in John Mayall’s Bluesbreakers. “He might not be better [than Clapton] now. But you wait… he’s going to be the best,” Mayall told his producer at the time.

Two years later, Green and fellow Bluesbreaker and drummer Mick Fleetwood formed their own band, later to be known simply as Fleetwood Mac; the pair would later recruit anothers veteran of the Bluesbreakers, bassist John McVie.

Green was one of eight Fleetwood Mac members inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame in 1998; the blues guitarist also placed number 58 on Rolling Stone’s 100 Greatest Guitarists list.

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