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The birth of the Fleetwood Macs had come after a brief experience in the Peter B’s Looners in 1966 when, still little more than a teenager, he had the opportunity to replace Eric Clapton in John Mayall & the Bluesbreakers. With the band I started writing and recording songs like “Albatross“, “The Green Manalishi” The “Black Magic Woman“song became unforgettable thanks to the interpretation of Carlos Santana in 1970.
However, even if a great songwriter and guitarist, Green did not know how to manage the great success that came suddenly and probably crushed by the weight of that same success he began to make massive use of LSD, up to accusing serious mental problems. In 1971 he was forced to abandon the Fleetwood Macs with which he subsequently continued to collaborate only occasionally. Always persecuted by schizophrenia and after threatening to jump from the window of his manager’s office in 1977 he was forced to hospitalize in a psychiatric hospital.
Even after years in a 2017 interview, Mick Fleetwood said that Green had the main credit for the band’s success. Green was among the eight members of the band, with Fleetwood, Stevie Nicks, Lindsey Buckingham, John McVie, Christine McVie, Danny Kirwan e Jeremy Spencer, to have been induced into the Rock & Roll Hall of Fame in 1998. The news of his death follows a few days after the announcement of Fleetwood Mac to publish a box of old hits to document the band’s early years between 1969 and 1974.
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