Fleetwood Mac guitarist and co-founder Peter Green dies

Guitarist Peter Green (right) and bassist John McVie, of British rock group Fleetwood Mac
Guitarist Peter Green (right) and bassist John McVie, of British rock group Fleetwood Mac. Photo credit: Getty

Fleetwood Mac guitarist and co-founder of the influential rock group Peter Green has died at age 73.

Green died in his sleep this weekend. 

Green, born in London, was one of the original four members of the band founded in 1967 and was one of eight members to be inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame in 1998.

Tributes from Green's British rock peers and admiring fans poured in on Twitter on Saturday, remembering him as one of the most talented guitarists of his generation.

"An Artist I Truly Loved & Admired…He Was A Breathtaking Singer, Guitarist & Composer," tweeted British rock band Whitesnake singer David Coverdale.

"God bless the ineffable Peter Green, one of the unsung heroes of musical integrity, innovation and spirit," British singer-songwriter Cat Stevens tweeted.

"RIP Peter Green. #GOAT," said Mumford and Sons guitarist Winston Marshall. "Man of the world, oh well, albatross, need your love so bad. Some of my favourites songs and performances of all time. Thank you for the music."

He was so good, he initially came to fame after replacing Eric Clapton in John Mayall's Bluesbreakers and winning over fans.

Green left Fleetwood Mac in 1970, around the time he was using psychedelic drugs and struggling with schizophrenia, according to Fleetwood Mac's website.

His talent and unique tone on the guitar inspired legendary blues artist BB King to say, "He has the sweetest tone I ever heard; he was the only one who gave me the cold sweats," the band's website states.

The band went on to massive success in the 1970s, moving away from their blues roots towards a radio-friendly soft rock sound. But their only number one hit single remains 1968's instrumental 'Albatross', written by Green. 

The band's current line-up includes New Zealand singer-songwriter Neil Finn, of Split Enz and Crowded House fame.

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