Peter Green's Fleetwood Mac Years
Marc and I are discussing Peter Green one of the most influential guitarist of our time as his influence can be heard in some of today noted guitarists. We hope you enjoy learning about Peter Green and the original Fleetwood Mac.
The following is an exerpt from an article by Dave Swanson.
Guitar great and Fleetwood Mac founder Peter Green was not a man without troubles, and on Jan. 26, 1977, his struggles landed him in prison and committed to a mental hospital.
Like the blues artists he loved, Green had his own share of despair. He was a somewhat fragile soul, and substance abuse didn’t help matters. Green and his bandmates were turned onto his drug of his choice — LSD — by the infamous Grateful Dead comrade, Owsley Stanley, while playing a date in San Francisco. The Mac were initially hesitant, but eventually dove in head first with Green in particular talking to it like a fish to water. Put another way, he found acid, then found God.
While on tour to promote their third album, ‘Then Play On,’ things came to a head. “Peter took some more drugs,” said Mick Fleetwood in the BBC documentary ‘Man of the World,’ “and never really came back from that.” Green was met by a group of people Fleetwood referred to as “the German Jet Set,” who whisked him away to a party following their show.
“It was a hippie commune sort of thing,” said Fleetwood Mac guitarist Jeremy Spencer. “We arrived there, and [road manager] Dennis Keane comes up to me shaking and says, ‘It’s so weird, don’t go down there. Pete is weirding out big time and the vibes are just horrible.’” Green was already set to leave the band, but this was, as Fleetwood put it, “the final nail in the coffin.” Friends say Green was never the same after the Munich incident.
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Peter Green Videos
Chatting with Marc and Jenny. Lani McIntire and his Aloha Islanders featured.
Lani McIntire (sometimes spelled Lani McIntyre, 15 December 1904 - 17 June 1951) was a Hawaiian guitar and steel guitar player who helped to popularize the instrument, which eventually became a mainstay in American country and western music. He played frequently with his brothers -- steel guitar legend Dick McIntire and bassist Al McIntire. Lani McIntyre and his Aloha Islanders: McIntire achieved fame playing with Sol Hoopii in his "Novelty Trio" before heading his own acts, "Lani McIntyre and his Aloha Islanders" and later, "Lani McIntyre and his Hawai'ians." His work with Jimmie Rodgers pioneered the Hawaiian guitar sound that laid the foundation for the steel guitar as a standard country instrument, influencing the likes of Hank Williams and Elvis Presley. As leader, McIntyre released dozens of records between 1935 and 1950, for the American Record Corporation (1935), Decca (1937-1942), Sonora Records (1944 - 1945), MGM Records (1950), and Columbia Records (1950). Academy Award: McIntire and his Hawai'ians also worked with Bing Crosby on the original version of "Blue Hawaii" as well as "Sweet Leilani," which was popularized in the 1937 film Waikiki Wedding and won an Academy Award for Best Song in the 10th Academy Awards (over George and Ira Gershwin's "They Can't Take That Away From Me"). The band had a recording contract with Decca Records at that time. McIntire appeared in the films You're the One Rose (1943), Maui Chant (1943), Paradise Isles (1943), and Dreams of Old Hawaii (1944).
*correction disregard reference to 'pedal steel' in the dialog, I intended to refer to the steel sound and hawaiian style. thank you.
More about the Hawaiian connection to the evolution of the steel sound.
The pedal steel guitar is the latest development in a story that started with the invention of a technique of playing used in Hawaii in the late 19th century, wherein the strings were not fretted by the left hand, but rather by sliding an object such as a comb or the back edge of a knife blade along the strings above the neck of the guitar. Several people have been credited with the innovation.
Jenny is now in Bloomington, IN and has started a radio show at wfhb.org called Beachhouse Muzik to keep the tradition going!