Fleetwood Mac co-founder and guitarist, Peter Green, has died at the age of 73.
Green described as “one of the greats,” passed away “peacefully in his sleep” this weekend according to Swan Turton, a law firm representing the Green family. It is said that another more detailed statement will be issued in the coming days.
The blues guitarist formed Fleetwood Mac in 1967 with drummer Mick Fleetwood, guitarist Jeremy Spencer and bassist John McVie.
Green wrote the Fleetwood Mac hits including “Albatross”, “Black Magic Woman”, and “Oh Well.”
He was among the group of band members that were inducted into the Rock & Roll Hall of Fame in 1998.
In its early days of the band, they were called Peter Green’s Fleetwood Mac but that changed in 1971.
Mick Fleetwood said in an interview with The Associated Press in 2017 that Green deserved a lot of the credit for the band’s success.
“Peter was asked why did he call the band Fleetwood Mac. He said, ‘Well, you know I thought maybe I’d move on at some point and I wanted Mick and John (McVie) to have a band.’ End of story, explaining how generous he was,” said Fleetwood.
Green was born in London on Oct. 29, 1946.