Peter Greenbaum, as the musician was actually called, was a well-known figure in the London music scene in the 1960s. For example, he played in John Mayall’s Bluesbreakers. In that band he replaced Eric Clapton, but when he reappeared after a few months in London, he had to leave the field again. When Eric Clapton left for the band Cream in 1966, he took his place again. In between, he was also a member of a band around singer Rod Stewart.
Green Fleetwood founded Mac in 1967. The band was named after a song that Peter recorded with drummer Mick Fleetwood and bassist John McVie. In the sixties the band had great success with blues. ‘Black Magic Woman’ (later covered by Santana), ‘Need Your Love So Bad’, ‘Oh Well’ and ‘Albatross’ were big hits. In 1970 the guitarist suddenly left the band.
In the years that followed, Green worked hard on a solo career, but it didn’t really get off the ground. In the 1990s, the guitarist had brief success with Peter Green’s Splinter Group. A return with his old band Fleetwood Mac was no longer possible, even though Mick Fleetwood announced a grand reunion of the band with the members of the first hour in 2005.