This week’s featured artist is Peter Green! Born Peter Allen Greenbaum, October 29th 1946 – July 25th 2020, he was an English blues rock singer-songwriter and guitarist, and was the founder of Fleetwood Mac, which he left in May 1970.
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 praised his guitar playing; he was interested in expressing emotion in his songs, rather than showing off how fast he could play and used string bending, vibrato, and economy of style. He has been praised for his swinging shuffle grooves and soulful phrases and favoured the minor mode and its darker blues implications.
Many rock guitarists have cited Green as an influence, and Green’s songs have been recorded by artists such as Santana, Aerosmith, Black Crowes, Tom Petty, and Judas Priest.
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. 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.
Check below for a live video and tab of his song Albatross, which was released with the original Fleetwood Mac lineup.
Peter Green passed away in his sleep on July 25th at the age of 73. Rest in Peace, and thank you for your music.
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