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Peter Green

Peter Green is regarded by some fans as the greatest white blues guitarist ever, Eric Clapton notwithstanding. BornPeterGreenbaum but calling himself Peter Green by age 15, he grew up in London's working-class East End. Green's earlymusicalinfluences were Hank Marvin of the Shadows, Muddy Waters, B.B. King, Freddie King, and traditional Jewish music.Heoriginally played bass before being invited in 1966 by keyboardist Peter Bardens to play lead in the Peter B's, whosedrummerwas a lanky chap named Mick Fleetwood. The 19-year-old Green was with Bardens just three months before joiningJohnMay ...read more

Peter Green is regarded by some fans as the greatest white blues guitarist ever, Eric Clapton notwithstanding. BornPeterGreenbaum but calling himself Peter Green by age 15, he grew up in London's working-class East End. Green's earlymusicalinfluences were Hank Marvin of the Shadows, Muddy Waters, B.B. King, Freddie King, and traditional Jewish music.Heoriginally played bass before being invited in 1966 by keyboardist Peter Bardens to play lead in the Peter B's, whosedrummerwas a lanky chap named Mick Fleetwood. The 19-year-old Green was with Bardens just three months before joiningJohnMayall's Bluesbreakers, whose rapidly shifting personnel included bassist John McVie and drummer Aynsley Dunbar. A keenfanof Clapton, Green badgered Mayall to give him a chance when the Bluesbreakers guitarist split for an indefinite vacationinGreece. Green sounded great and, as Mayall recalls, was not amused when Clapton returned after a handful of gigs,andGreen was out.

When Clapton left the band for good six months later to form Cream, Mayall cajoled Green back. Fans were openlyhostilebecause Green was not God, although they appreciated Clapton's replacement in time. Producer Mike Vernon wasaghastwhen the Bluesbreakers showed up without Clapton to record the album A Hard Road in late 1966, but was won overbyGreen's playing. On many tracks you'd be hard-pressed to tell it wasn't Clapton playing. With an eerie Greeninstrumentalcalled "The Supernatural," he demonstrated the beginning of his trademark fluid, haunting style so reminiscent ofB.B. King.

When Green left Mayall in 1967, he took McVie and Fleetwood to found Peter Green's Fleetwood Mac. Jeremy SpencerandDanny Kirwan shortly afterward gave Fleetwood Mac an unusual three-guitar front line. Green was at his peak for thealbumsMr. Wonderful, English Rose, Then Play On, and a live Boston Tea Party recording. His instrumental "Albatross" was theband'sfirst British number one single and "Black Magic Woman" was later a huge hit for Carlos Santana. But Green hadbeenexperimenting with acid and his behavior became increasingly irrational, especially after he disappeared for three daysoframpant drug use in Munich. He became very religious, appearing on-stage wearing crucifixes and flowing robes.Hisbandmates resisted Green's suggestion to donate most of their money to charity, and he left in mid-1970 after writingaharrowing biographical tune called "The Green Manalishi..

After a bitter, rambling solo album called The End of the Game, Green saddened fans when he hung up his guitar, exceptforhelping the Mac complete a tour when Spencer suddenly joined the Children of God in Los Angeles and quit the band.Green'schaotic odyssey of almost a decade included rumors that he was a gravedigger, a bartender in Cornwall, a hospitalorderly,and a member of an Israeli commune. When an accountant sent him an unwanted royalty check, Green confrontedhistormentor with a gun, although it was unloaded. Green went to jail briefly before being transferred to an asylum.

Green emerged in the late '70s and early '80s with albums In the Skies, Little Dreamer, White Sky, and Kolors, featuringattimes Bardens, Robin Trower drummer Reg Isidore, and Fairport Convention drummer Dave Mattacks. He reprised theThenPlay On Mac standard "Rattlesnake Shake" on Fleetwood's solo 1981 album, The Visitor. British author Martin CelminswroteGreen's biography in 1995. Psychologically troubled, on medication, and hardly playing the guitar for most of the '90s,thereclusive Green resumed sporadic recording in the second half of the decade. He surfaces unexpectedly from time totime,most prominently January 12, 1998, when Fleetwood Mac was inducted into the Rock & Roll Hall of Fame. In a rare,perfectmoment, Green jammed with fellow inductee Santana on "Black Magic Woman." « hide

Similar Bands: John Mayall, Roy Buchanan, Gary Moore, Christine McVie, Alvin Lee

LPs
White Sky
1982

Whatcha Gonna Do?
1981

4
1 Votes
Little Dreamer
1980

4.5
1 Votes
In the Skies
1979

4
6 Votes
The End of the Game
1970

4.1
9 Votes
Compilations
Green & Guitar: The Best Of
1996

3
1 Votes
Kolors
1983

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