You Say It's Your Birthday: Fleetwood Mac's Peter Green

Today is the birthday of Fleetwood Mac's original

guitarist, Peter Green, born in London in 1947. Green first met Fleetwood Mac

frontman Mick Fleetwood as part of Shotgun Express, and played with him again

when he replaced Eric Clapton in The Bluesbreakers. After Fleetwood and Green

were fired from the Bluesbreakers, they joined up with bassist John McVie to

form Fleetwood Mac. The band's first album, Fleetwood Mac, was released

in 1968, and from then they were off and running, adding vocalist Christine

Perfect, who became Christine McVie when she married John. After several

successful albums, Green (born Greenbaum) renounced Judaism and converted to

Christianity, and the following year (1970) he announced he was leaving the

band, stating that the pressures of stardom were intolerable. Must've been in

the air, as the very next year guitarist Jeremy Spencer left for the same

reasons, telling the band he was going out to buy newspapers and disappearing

for two years. It later turned out he joined a religious cult. In 1974

Fleetwood met guitarist Lindsey Buckingham and his partner Stevie Nicks, and

the two joined the band, an addition that proved highly fruitful. While the

band put out hit single after hit single (notably "Rhiannon" and "Say You Love

Me"). In 1977 Fleetwood Mac released their most successful album to date, chart

topping Rumours . The following years saw several solo efforts for

nearly every member of the band; Nicks collaborated with Eagle Don Henley on

"Leather and Lace," Lindsey Buckingham and Christine McVie each released solo

albums, and Mick Fleetwood filed for bankruptcy. The band reunited in 1987 to

put out Tango In The Night, their biggest album since Rumours .

Following this release came the ubiquitous greatest hits packages, and further

solo projects for all members.