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Thread #64340 Message #1057597
Posted By: alanabit
20-Nov-03 - 04:08 AM
Thread Name: PETER GREEN at Hull City Hall
Subject: RE: PETER GREEN at Hull City Hall
Peter Greeen was the founder and original guitarist of the Fleetwood Mac. The rest of the group were the slide guitarist Jeremy Spencer, the jazz/blues guitarist Danny Kirwan, bass player John MacVie and drummer Mick Fleetwood. Their hits (mainly written and sung by Peter Green) included, Albatross, Man of the World, Black Magic Woman (the original version), Oh Well and The Green Manalishi.
A mixture of drink, drug, religious and mental health issues devastated the band in the early seventies. All three guitarists left, leaving Fleetwood and MacVie with little more than the band's name. The survivors went through several name changes and eventually metamorphised into the Californian pop group of the mid seventies, which eventually released the classic West Coast pop album Rumours.
Many old blues fans, who include several Mudcatters, I believe, still prefer the original line up which played blues - effectively a different band. Jeremy Spencer, who spent some time with the Children of God sect, returned to playing his Elmore James style blues. I last read of Danny Kirwan being resident at a hostel for alcoholics. Peter Green himself freely admits to being an acid casualty. After a turbulent career of mixed fortunes in the seventies, which included a spell in a hospital for mental illness, he returned to playing blues guitar. For many of us he is one of the jewels in the crown of the British blues scene - easily up there with Clapton, Stan Webb, Kieran White, Mick Taylor etc. Hope I haven't sent you to sleep jOhn!