"...Green inspired B. B. King to say, "He has the sweetest tone I ever heard; he was the only one who gave me the cold sweats." Green's playing was marked with a distinctive vibrato and economy of style..."
Fleetwood Mac’s Black Magic Woman 7” single 1968
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Peter Green - founder of the band Fleetwood Mac (on stage 1969)
Green played lead in Peter Bardens’ band, Peter B’s Looners, in 1966. After a three month stint, he had the opportunity to fill in for Eric Clapton in John Mayall & the Bluesbreakers for three gigs. Upon Clapton’s permanent departure not long after, he was hired full-time
Green made his full album debut with the Bluesbreakers with A Hard Road. It featured two compositions by Green, “The Same Way” and “The Supernatural”. The latter was one of Green’s first extended instrumentals, which would soon become a trademark. Like Clapton, whose playing inspired the “Clapton is God” graffiti around London during his time with the Bluesbreakers, Green would earn the nickname “The Green God” for his interpretation of the blues.
In 1967, Green decided to form his own blues band, and left Mayall’s Bluesbreakers after appearing on just one album (just as Clapton had done).
The name of Green’s new band was Fleetwood Mac. Originally billed as “Peter Green’s Fleetwood Mac”; it originated from the band’s rhythm section that comprised Mick Fleetwood and John McVie, both of whom, like Green, had played most recently in Mayall’s band. In the mid 1970s the re-organised band topped the charts with mainstream pop/rock, but initially it was a straight-up blues-rock band playing blues classics and some original material. Green wrote the song “Black Magic Woman” that was later picked up by Santana.
Peter Green (musician)
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Peter Green (born Peter Allen Greenbaum, 29 October 1946, in Bethnal Green, London) is a British blues-rock guitarist and founder of the band Fleetwood Mac.
A figurehead in the British blues movement, Green inspired B. B. King to say, "He has the sweetest tone I ever heard; he was the only one who gave me the cold sweats." Eric Clapton and Jimmy Page have both lauded his guitar playing as well. Green's playing was marked with a distinctive vibrato and economy of style. Though he played other guitars, he is best known for deriving a unique tone from his 1959 Gibson Les Paul - a result of the magnet of his guitar's neck pickup being accidentally reversed to produce an 'out of phase' sound. The Les Paul would come to be referred to as Green's "magic guitar" but Green told Guitar Player in 2000 that "I never had a magic one. Mine wasn't magic...It just barely worked."
Green was ranked 38th in Rolling Stone magazine list of the "100 Greatest Guitarists of All Time"
John Mayall's Bluesbreakers
Green played lead in Peter Bardens' band, Peter B's Looners, in 1966. After a three month stint, he had the opportunity to fill in for Eric Clapton in John Mayall & the Bluesbreakers for three gigs. Upon Clapton's permanent departure not long after, he was hired full-time. In an interview with Guitar Player in 2000, Green acknowledged Clapton's influence, stating "I followed him to John Mayall's Bluesbreakers. I loved his playing. At the time he did everything on a Telecaster. It sounded absolutely fabulous."
Green made his full album debut with the Bluesbreakers with A Hard Road. It featured two compositions by Green, "The Same Way" and "The Supernatural". The latter was one of Green's first extended instrumentals, which would soon become a trademark. Like Clapton, whose playing inspired the "Clapton is God" graffiti around London during his time with the Bluesbreakers, Green would earn the nickname "The Green God" for his interpretation of the blues.
In 1967, Green decided to form his own blues band, and left Mayall's Bluesbreakers after appearing on just one album (just as Clapton had done).
The name of Green's new band was Fleetwood Mac. Originally billed as "Peter Green's Fleetwood Mac"; it originated from the band's rhythm section that comprised Mick Fleetwood and John McVie, both of whom, like Green, had played most recently in Mayall's band. In the mid 1970s the re-organised band topped the charts with mainstream pop/rock, but initially it was a straight-up blues-rock band playing blues classics and some original material. Green wrote the song "Black Magic Woman" that was later picked up by Santana. Green was the leader of the group throughout its initial period of success in the late 1960s, with hits including "Oh Well", "Man of the World", "The Green Manalishi" and the #1 British chart hit "Albatross". Green remains ambivalent about his songwriting success, telling Guitar Player "Oh, I was never really a songwriter. I was very lucky to get those hits. I shouldn't have been distracted from my fascination with the blues...I have been known to come up with the odd bit, but I'm not all that wild about the big composer credit."
Following the release of "Albatross" and his consequent rise in fame, Green struggled with success and the spotlight. His personality changed drastically after incidences of LSD abuse: he began wearing a robe, grew a beard, and wore a crucifix on his chest. His abuse of LSD may have incited his schizophrenia, much like his contemporary Syd Barrett.
While touring Europe, Green binged on LSD in Munich. In his own words, he "went on a trip, and never came back."
Communard Rainer Langhans mentions in his autobiography that he and Uschi Obermaier met Peter Green in Munich, where they invited him to their "High-Fish-Commune". They were not interested in Peter Green really. They wanted to get in contact with Mick Taylor because they wished to organize a "Bavarian Woodstock." They wanted Jimi Hendrix and The Rolling Stones as leading acts of their Bavarian open air festival. Langhans and Obermaier used the "Green God" to get in contact with the Rolling Stones via Mick Taylor.
Green quit Fleetwood Mac in 1970, performing his final show as a member on 20 May 1970. He recorded a jam session and released it as the album The End of the Game and faded into obscurity, taking on a succession of menial jobs. It was during this period that Green sold his trademark 1959 Sunburst Gibson Les Paul Standard to Irish guitarist Gary Moore and recorded with Bobby Tench's band Gass, on their eponymous album.
Green had a brief reunion with Fleetwood Mac when Jeremy Spencer left the group (Green flew to the USA to help them complete the tour) and he was also an uncredited guest on their 1973 Penguin album on the track "Night Watch". He also appears on the track "Brown Eyes" from 1979's Tusk.
Illness and first re-emergence
Green was diagnosed with schizophrenia, a mental illness commonly characterised by hallucinations and paranoia, and he spent time in psychiatric hospitals undergoing electroconvulsive therapy in the mid-1970s. Many sources attest to his lethargic, trancelike state during this period. In 1977, he was arrested for threatening his accountant, Clifford Davis, with a shotgun, but the exact circumstances are the subject of much speculation, the most popular being that Green wanted Davis to stop sending money to him.After this incident he was sent to a psychiatric institution in London. This was prior to his re-emergence as a recording artist with PVK Records in the late 1970s and early 1980s. He suffered a relapse in 1984 and effectively lived the life of a tramp-like recluse for six years until he was rescued by his brother Len and his wife, going to live with them in Great Yarmouth and regaining some of his former health and strength.
Apart from his solo work in the late 1970s and early 1980s, he contributed to "Rattlesnake Shake" and "Super Brains" on Mick Fleetwood's solo album, The Visitor, and recorded various sessions with a number of other musicians. Despite some attempts by Gibson at a German trade show to start talks about producing a Peter Green signature Les Paul, Peter's instrument of choice at this time was in fact a Gibson 'Howard Roberts' Fusion, very often seen accompanying him on stage in recent years.
A 1990s comeback saw Green form the Peter Green Splinter Group, with the assistance of fellow musicians including Nigel Watson and Cozy Powell. The Splinter Group released nine albums between 1997 and 2004. It was in the latter part of this period that he picked up a black Gibson Les Paul again. Green signed and sold this Les Paul, which had been tweaked for Peter to sound like the famous 'green burst' and is now owned by a UK enthusiast.
A tour was cancelled and recording of a new studio album stopped in early 2004, when Green left the band and moved to Sweden. Shortly thereafter he joined The British Blues All Stars, but their tour in 2005 was also cancelled after the death of saxophonist Dick Heckstall-Smith following a long illness. Green has said that the medication he takes to treat his psychological problems makes it hard for him to concentrate and saps his desire to pick up a guitar.
Green, with a new band "Peter Green and Friends", began playing concerts again in February 2009.. He was also the subject of the BBC 4 documentary "Peter Green. Man of the World", produced by British music impresario Henry Hadaway and broadcast on 8 May 2009. The documentary contained interviews of himself and his former bandmates John McVie, Mick Fleetwood and Jeremy Spencer.
Peter Green discography
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With Fleetwood Mac
I Believe My Time Ain’t Long / Rambling Pony (1967)
Black Magic Woman / The Sun Is Shining (1968)
Need Your Love So Bad / Stop Messin’ Round (1968)
Albatross / Jigsaw Puzzle Blues (1968)
Man Of The World / Someone’s Gonna Get Their Head Kicked In Tonite (1969)
Oh Well Pt.1 / Oh Well Pt. 2 (1969)
The Green Manalishi / World In Harmony (1970)
B-sides varied from country to country, and reissues often had different B-sides.
Fleetwood Mac (1968)
Mr. Wonderful (1968)
Then Play On (1969)
Penguin (1973) on "Night Watch" (uncredited)
Tusk (1979) on "Brown Eyes" (uncredited)
Fleetwood Mac in Chicago/Blues Jam in Chicago, Vols. 1-2 (1969)
English Rose (1969)
The Pious Bird of Good Omen (1969)
Greatest Hits (CBS, 1971)
Greatest Hits (Warner Bros, 1988) 8x Platinum
25 Years - The Chain (1992)
The Complete Blue Horizon Sessions 1967-1969 (1999)
The Best of Peter Green's Fleetwood Mac (2002)
The Very Best of Fleetwood Mac (2002) Platinum
The Essential Fleetwood Mac (2007)
The Original Fleetwood Mac (CBS, 1971)
Live at the Marquee, 1967 (released 1992)
Live at the BBC (released 1995) (UK #48)
Masters: London Live '68 (released 1998)
Live at the Boston Tea Party, Vols. 1-3 recorded Feb 5-7, 1970 (Snapper, 1998-2000)
The Vaudeville Years of Fleetwood Mac: 1968 to 1970 (2 CD) (1998)
Shrine '69 (live 1969, released 1999)
Original Fleetwood Mac: The Blues Years (3 CD) (Castle, 2000)
Show-Biz Blues: 1968 to 1970 Volume 2 (2 CD) (Castle/Sanctuary, 2001)
Jumping at Shadows: The Blues Years (Castle/Sanctuary, 2002)
Men of the World: The Early Years (3 CD) (Sanctuary, 2005)
Heavy Heart / No Way Out (1971)
Beasts of Burden / Uganda Woman (1972) with Nigel Watson
Apostle / Tribal Dance (1978)
In the Skies / Proud Pinto (1979)
Walkin' the Road / Woman Don't (1980)
Loser Two Times / Momma Don'tcha Cry (1980)
Give Me Back My Freedom / Lost My Love (1981)
Promised Land / Bizzy Lizzy (1981)
The Clown / Time for Me to Go (1982)
Big Boy Now / Bandit (1983)
B-sides varied from country to country.
The End of the Game (1970)
In the Skies (1979)
Little Dreamer (1980)
Whatcha Gonna Do? (1981)
White Sky (1982)
A Case for the Blues (as Peter Green's Katmandu) (1984)
Blue Guitar (1981)
A Rock Legend (1991)
Last Train to San Antone (1992)
Baby When the Sun Goes Down (1992)
Rock and Pop Legends (1995)
Green And Guitar (1996)
Blues for Dhyana (1998)
Alone with the Blues (2000)
The Clown (2001)
A Fool No More (2001)
Promised Land (2001)
Splinter Group albums
Peter Green Splinter Group (1997) Snapper Music SARCD 101
The Robert Johnson Songbook (1998)
Soho Session (1998)
Destiny Road (1999) Snapper Music SMACD 817
Hot Foot Powder (2000)
Time Traders (2001)
Me and the Devil (2001) Snapper Music SMBCD 844 (limited edition box set, 3 CDs, 1 of Robert Johnson recordings)
Blues Don't Change (2001)
Reaching The Cold 100 (2003)
The Best Of Peter Green Splinter Group (2006 compilation)
Guest contributions and other groups (albums unless stated otherwise)
With Peter B's Looners
If You Want to Be Happy / Jodrell Blues (1966 single)
With John Mayall
Looking Back / So Many Roads (1966 single)
Sitting in the Rain / Out of Reach (1967 single)
Curly / Rubber Duck (1967 single)
Double Trouble / It Hurts Me Too (1967 single)
Jenny / Picture on the Wall (1967 single)
A Hard Road (1967)
John Mayall's Bluesbreakers with Paul Butterfield (1967 EP)
Living Alone / Walking on Sunset (1968 single)
Blues from Laurel Canyon (1968)
Thru the Years (compilation)
Looking Back (compilation)
Along for the Ride (2003)
With Eddie Boyd
Eddie Boyd and His Blues Band featuring Peter Green (1967)
The Big Boat / Sent for You Yesterday (1968 single)
7936 South Rhodes (1968)
With Duster Bennett
Smiling Like I'm Happy (1968)
Smiling Like I'm Happy / Talk to Me (1969 single)
Bright Lights (1969)
12 Dbs (1970)
Out in the Blue (1995 compilation)
The Complete Blue Horizon Sessions (2005 compilation)
With Gordon Smith
Long Overdue (1968)
Too Long / Funk Pedal (1969 single)
With Otis Spann
Walkin' / Temperature is Rising (98.8F) (1969 single)
The Biggest Thing Since Colossus (1969)
Blues For Hippies/Bloody Murder (1972 EP)
With Brunning Sunflower Blues Band
Trackside Blues (1969)
I Wish You Would (1970)
With Clifford Davis
Man of the World/Before the Beginning (1969 single)
Come On Down and Follow Me/Homework (1970 single)
With Jeremy Spencer
Jeremy Spencer (1970)
With Peter Bardens
Homage to the God of Light Pt. 1 / Pt. 2 (1970 single)
The Answer (1970)
Write My Name in the Dust: The Anthology (2005 compilation)
With Memphis Slim
Mason Dixon Line / Boogie Woogie (1970 single)
Handy Man / Mason Dixon Line (1970 single)
Blue Memphis (1971)
With B. B. King
B. B. King in London (1971) Green plays on "Caledonia".
With Dave Kelly
Dave Kelly (1971)
With Country Joe McDonald
Hold On It's Coming (1971)
With Toe Fat
With Richard Kerr
From Now Until Then (1973)
The Disappearing Boy (1980)
With Mick Fleetwood
The Visitor (1981)
With Brian Knight
A Dark Horse (1981)
With SAS Band
SAS Band (1997)
With Dick Heckstall-Smith
Blues and Beyond (2001)
With Chris Coco
Next Wave (2002)
With Peter Gabriel
Rattlesnake Guitar: The Music of Peter Green (1995) (Reissued in 2000 as Peter Green Songbook)
TWANG! A Tribute to Hank Marvin and the Shadows (1996) (Song - Midnight)