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Peter Green (musician)

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Peter Green, painting by John Mayall

Peter Green (born as Peter Allen Greenbaum on October 29 1946 in Bethnal Green, England) is a blues-rock guitarist and co-founder of the group Fleetwood Mac. As a matter of fact, he still signs his name "P.A. Greenbaum".

Green was the leader of the group throughout their period of success in the late 1960s and early 1970s, when their hits included "Oh Well", "Man of the World" and "Albatross". He wrote the song "Black Magic Woman" that was eventually picked-up by Santana. No longer able to cope with the reality that being in the spotlight brought on, mostly due to drug abuse, Green quit Fleetwood Mac in 1970. When he left the group, he declared money to be evil and gave it all away, and then got a job as a gravedigger.

The great bluesman B.B. King once referred to Peter Green as "the only guitarist who ever made me sweat", and with good reason. His blues style is not as histrionic as that of other noted British blues guitarists of that time, like Jimmy Page, Eric Clapton and Jeff Beck, but is more profound, much nearer to what is commonly referred to among blues aficionados as "deep blues". If one listens to John Mayall's "Bluesbreakers with Eric Clapton" and "A Hard Road" back to back, Clapton's playing is spectacular, white hot, and Green's, on the latter, is beautiful, understated, darkly bluesy. Peter Green got deeper into the spirit of the blues than any of his contemporaries, thus he has been called the "best white blues guitar player".

Green has made several comebacks, culminating in the formation of Peter Green Splinter Group, with the assistance of fellow musicians including Cozy Powell. The Splinter Group now performs and tours with Green as frontman.


Recordings

  • With John Mayall
    • A Hard Road
    • Thru the Years
    • Looking Back
  • With Eddie Boyd
    • Eddie Boyd and His Blues Band featuring Peter Green (1967)
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Eddie Boyd and His Blues Band featuring Peter Green
  • WITH Fleetwood Mac
    • Fleetwood Mac: The Blues Years (definitive compilation, 3 CDs)
    • Then Play On
    • Rattlesnake Shake: Live in Boston
    • London '68
    • Madison Blues Live (CD)
  • Solo Work
    • The End of the Game (experimental jams - Japanese only)
    • In the Skies
    • Little Dreamer
    • Whatcha Gonna Do
    • Kolors
    • White Sky
    • Blue Guitar
    • Destiny Road
    • Time Traders
    • Soho Live

External links

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