Fleetwood Mac duo lead tributes after death of 'trailblazer' Green

British musician Peter Green guitarist and co-founder of rock band Fleetwood Mac circa 1968

The singer has paid tribute to one of the co-founders of Fleetwood Mac, who died this weekend. His death was confirmed by his family in a statement to the BBC that explained that he passed away peacefully in his sleep at the age of 73. But as she wrote in a statement, her respect for the guitarist's musical skill helped push her to come onboard.

Nicks closed her post with gratitude for the musician: "I thank you, Peter Green..." Their show was heavy on blues standards like "Little Red Rooster" and "I'm a Steady Rollin' Man", but they did break out a handful of Fleetwood Mac classics like "I Believe My Time Ain't Long" and "The Green Manalishi (With the Two Prong Crown)".

Green quit the band in 1970, five years before Stevie joined the group, and never played with them again. But his escalating psychiatric problems, diagnosed later as schizophrenia and treated with electroconvulsive therapy, led to his arrest in 1977 after he threatened to shoot his accountant with a pump-action rifle.

In 1998, Green was inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame, along with other past and present members of Fleetwood Mac. A number of high-profile musicians who either knew or simply admired the famed blues guitarist reacted to his passing on Saturday.

When Green parted ways with Fleetwood Mac in 1970, they went through several line-up changes before finding global superstardom. In 1969, by when guitarist Danny Kirwan had also joined the band, Fleetwood Mac recorded a third studio album, Then Play On, which included Green's rumbling Rattlesnake Shake, and the use of strings on My Dream, in which the band were edging towards a softer rock style. "Peter was the man who started the band Fleetwood Mac along with myself, John McVie, and Jeremy Spencer".

Green penned the instrumental Albatross, which remains Fleetwood Mac's only United Kingdom number one single, hitting the top of the charts in January 1969.

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Green replaced Eric Clapton as the guitarist with John Mayall's Bluesbreakers in 1966.

"Most sadly have lost one of the most tasteful guitar players ever", Frampton wrote. "I will miss you, but rest easy your music lives on". Two years later, he teamed up with drummer Mick Fleetwood to form Fleetwood Mac, which went on to release popular United Kingdom hits like "Albatross" and "Man of the Hour".

"God bless the ineffable Peter Green, one of the unsung heroes of musical integrity, innovation and spirit", British singer-songwriter Cat Stevens tweeted.

Peter Green was born on 29, October 1946 in Bethnal Green, London, United Kingdom.

In February, before the coronavirus shut down large scale gatherings, Mick Fleetwood held a tribute concert for Green in London, featuring a lineup of artists who were influenced by Green's work.

Green is survived by daughter Rosebud from his brief marriage to Jane Samuels.

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