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.

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Douglas Allan

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 .

Tim Meh

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.

bruce kelso

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

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

Agree, Curly is great.


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.


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.

Larry Davis

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…

Joe Donato

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.

paul cutts

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

Dave Sullivan

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


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

Chris Walker

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…


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…


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.


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

Tom m hans

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


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


“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 :(

john johnson

‘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

Green Manalishi

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


Bizarre timing.

Oh Well…


adam shaw

RIP Peter .
You were A Man Of The World .


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


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.

Paul Wren

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

Pieter van der Velde Wzn

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


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

Uncle Meat

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

The Golden Age Of The Phonograph

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

Dennis Mosen

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

Andrew r

The star that burns brightest burns shortest . RIP
Peter green

Raymond Mitchell

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.


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.

Anthony Hesseltine

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

kenneth tilley

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


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


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

Frank Sidebottom

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


Mike M

Awful news, RIP Peter xxx


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 .

jon turpin

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

graeme ewan

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

Tony crotty

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