Peter Green dies aged 73

Fleetwood Mac co-founder Peter Green has died aged 73.

The news was confirmed by solicitors acting on behalf of his family. In a statement they said: “It is with great sadness that the family of Peter Green announce his death this weekend, peacefully in his sleep.”

The blues/rock guitarist was remembered back in February by friends and bandmates with a special one-off concert and it was only in the last a few days that the Fleetwood Mac 1969-1974 CD box set was announced.

Rest in Peace Peter Green.

44 responses to Peter Green dies aged 73

  1. Peter Green Greene is God ! He was a astounding guitarist and songwriter and that blues vocals were brilliant and soulful You are my hero from the sixties to the present may you play you’re music in heaven ! A great loss to the music industry but you’re music will live on and on Peter .

  2. Tim Meh says:

    Its not been a great week. Besides Peter’s passing we’ve also said goodbye to Tim Smith of The Cardiacs, Mr Chi Pig from SNFU, and Denise Johnson who worked with Primal Scream and Ian Brown. My candles are lit.

  3. bruce kelso says:

    his work in fleetwood mac is astonding but for me its the mayalls bluesbreakers hard road lp and assorted tracks that really knock me out. the solo on so many roads is so unbelievable and nobody can touch his own compostion the supernatural. also the bluesbreakers curly 45 has the heavyist and guttaral sound that sadly he never returned to. its so nice to see all the love here. lets all raise a pint and say thank you peter for all the joy you have provided us. cheers mate

    • Jarmo Keranen says:

      Have you ever heard John Mayall’s Live In 1967 Vol. 1 & 2 recordings, which we released few years ago? Bluesbreakers at the time were Peter Green, John McVie and Mick Fleetwood. Sound quality is like bootleg, but these recordings are the only ones were Mick Fleetwood plays with Mayall. And Peter’s playing is much better than on studio recordings with Mayall!

    • Uncle Meat says:

      Agree, Curly is great.

  4. Robert says:

    Truly a sad loss of a brilliant Musician. I will be playing some of Green’s timeless recordings today in which he and the also late, unfortunate, Danny Kirwan swapped incredible Blues leads.

    • ARidd says:

      Such a sad loss of a great vocalist as well as guitarist. His VOICE alone could give me the cold sweats. It’s a shame there seems so few good quality filmed performances of Peter with Fleetwood Mac to remember him by. His warmth and humour shines through on those too few BBC performances.

  5. Larry Davis says:

    My comments are on the thread of the upcoming box…I think people are just now realizing what a musical giant was lost to music this weekend…I wish I got to see him play at least once…but we have a recorded legacy like no other…RIP Mr Greenbaum…no not Norman…was there a greater British Jewish blues/guitarist?? Nope, don’t think there was another…

  6. Joe Donato says:

    Sad to hear the news. It was just on Friday, excited about the news of the new box set, I listened to The Best of Peter Green’s Fleetwood Mac. Then the next day it was announced. Rest in Peace.

  7. paul cutts says:

    Speechless, I cannot even begin to say what he meant to me, My entire collection hinges around early Fleetwood Mac. RIP

  8. Dave Sullivan says:

    I was fortunate enough to see Peter live twice ( once supporting BB King ) when he started playing gigs again around 15-20 years ago. One of the true guitar greats.RIP and condolences to his family

  9. Kevin says:

    Even though I never cared for the pre buckingham and nicks Mac, gotta give a musician his due. RIP

  10. Chris Walker says:

    Absolutely the best guitarist to come out of Merry England. Unfortunately for him (and us) he was also a posterboy for not ingesting bad LSD. No pain now which is something…

  11. Peter says:

    I’d hoped that maybe somehow I could hear him/see him play before he died, but no such luck.
    Playing his excellent Anthology box set instead, and puttin’ down some good brew, after reading the news…
    Way too many people today have no clue as to his musical importance, and contributions to recorded music.
    RIP, and sincere condolences to his family and friends…

  12. AndyB says:

    Had literally just purchased FM’s Blue Horizon box and the 69-74 box and was so excited, and then I saw this news. What emotional whiplash. Thoughts go out to Peter’s family and all touched by his music.

  13. Fulvio says:

    Last month saw the sad departure of another incredibly gifted musician: piano virtuoso Keith Tippett, aged 72. All my condolences to Julie and Inca.

  14. Tom m hans says:

    Gary Moore and him will set Heaven on fire. RIP.

    • Bill says:

      Absolutely. Gary Moore’s Blues For Greeny will be playing today chez moi.

      • Jules(Rules) says:

        “Under the wings of a man they called Green, I found freedom” – Gary Moore, 1997

        It’s still saddening to remember that Gary passed before his big idol and mentor.

        But of course the loss of Greeny himself is also sad. RIP :(

  15. john johnson says:

    ‘Oh Well ” Sad to hear that “The Green Manalishi” has passed with his “Albatross “…..a true “Man of the world” . RIP Peter thanks for music and the memories

  16. Green Manalishi says:

    I could tell you about my life
    And keep you amused I’m sure
    About all the times I’ve cried
    And how I don’t want to be sad anymore
    And how I wish I was in love

  17. daveid76 says:

    Bizarre timing.

    Oh Well…


  18. adam shaw says:

    RIP Peter .
    You were A Man Of The World .

  19. AlanB says:

    Sad news one of the best I saw him in Halifax a while ago he played “A Man of the World” such a sad song I was nearly in tears RIP

  20. DaveM says:

    Sad news. The man was a genius being a first rate singer songwriter and guitarist who could take you to the heights of rock (Green Manalishi), blues (Rattlesnake Shake), through to the pathos of Man of the World.

  21. Paul Wren says:

    A true legendary guitarist is lost to us. Thank goodness for the outstanding recorded legacy he left behind.

  22. Pieter van der Velde Wzn says:

    Now he can stick with God, to be his guiding hand. From Hard Road to The Apostle I loved the man’s music. Now the game had really ended. Thank you mister Green for all your beautiful music

  23. Schu says:

    R.I.P. Peter. Loved his music.

  24. Uncle Meat says:

    R.I.P. Peter Green, the greatest British blues guitarist of his generation.

  25. The Golden Age Of The Phonograph says:

    Peter Green was a good man. R.I.P.

  26. Dennis Mosen says:

    One of the best guitarists of all time a true legend RIP greenie

  27. Andrew r says:

    The star that burns brightest burns shortest . RIP
    Peter green

  28. Raymond Mitchell says:

    Such sad news, I grew up listening to Peter Green’s Fleetwood Mac. No one else sounded like him in his early years, B.B. King said Peter Green was the only guitarist that made the hairs stand up on his neck. R.I.P. Greenie.

  29. Terry says:

    Such sad news. Peter Green was one of my absolute guitar heroes. Apparently (and this has been documented before) BB King once said something like “He was the only one that gave me the cold sweats”.
    RIP Peter, God be with you.

  30. Anthony Hesseltine says:

    @FrankSideBottom Fleetwood Mac Instagram has made three mentions today about Peter’s death.

  31. kenneth tilley says:

    really sad news, he had more than his fare share of troubles.
    rest in peace Peter, thank you for all the great music.

  32. Jurgen says:

    Another legend gone. Thank you for the music, Peter.

  33. Danny says:

    Such sad news. What a beautiful guitar player and one of my all time heroes. RIP Greenie

  34. Frank Sidebottom says:

    absolutely no mention of this on all the Fleetwood Mac online platforms


  35. Mike M says:

    Awful news, RIP Peter xxx

  36. Dave says:

    Sad sad news ! Thoughts go to his family . Pete ! May you rest in peace matey . A fantastic musical legacy you gave us all .Thanks alot ok .

  37. jon turpin says:

    MAN!!!! this breaks my heart…..thank you Mr Green for your wonderful music

  38. graeme ewan says:

    Having seen and met Peter, only once, a long time ago, I feel he would be content with his Lot as it were. R.I.P. Peter, Everyone will truly miss you. Condolences to the Green family. My thoughts are with you.xx

  39. Tony crotty says:

    A tragic loss to the world of blues,a guitarist who played with pure soul may he rest in peace

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