Peter Allen Greenbaum (October 29, 1946 – July 25, 2020), better known as Peter Green was an English blues rock singer-songwriter, guitarist and co-founder of Fleetwood Mac. He was inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame in 1998, and his songs, such as “Albatross”, “Black Magic Woman”, “Oh Well”, “The Green Manalishi (With the Two Prong Crown)” and “Man of the World”, appeared on singles charts worldwide, and several have been adapted and covered by a variety of musicians.
B.B. King once said, “He has the sweetest tone I ever heard; he was the only one who gave me the cold sweats.” Eric Clapton has praised his guitar playing; he is noted for his use of string bending, vibrato, and economy of style.
Rolling Stone ranked Peter Green at number 58 in its list of the “100 Greatest Guitarists of All Time”. His tone on the instrumental “The Super-Natural” was rated as one of the 50 greatest of all time by Guitar Player, and in June 1996, Green was voted the third-best guitarist of all time in Mojo magazine.
Many rock guitarists have cited Green as an influence, including Gary Moore, Joe Perry of Aerosmith and Andy Powell of Wishbone Ash, and more recently, Noel Gallagher of Oasis and Radiohead bassist Colin Greenwood.
In 2010 Peter Green was The Black Crowes’ Rich Robinson’s pick in Guitar World’s “30 on 30: The Greatest Guitarists Picked by the Greatest Guitarists”. In the same article Robinson cites Jimmy Page, with whom the Crowes toured: “he told us so many Peter Green stories. It was clear that Jimmy loves the man’s talent”.
Green’s songs have been recorded by many artists including Santana, Aerosmith, Status Quo, Black Crowes, Midge Ure, Tom Petty, Judas Priest and Gary Moore, who recorded “Blues for Greeny”, a whole album of Peter Green compositions.
On 25 July 2020, it was announced by the family solicitors that Green had died at the age of 73 peacefully in his sleep.
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