Tuesday, 22 July 2014

Peter Green's Fleetwood Mac - The Green Manalishi

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Peter Green's Fleetwood Mac - The Green Manalishi (1970)

We recently received this great Guest Spot from Steve Clark....

Growing up and going to school in the Richmond Borough in the  70's/80's, McDonalds had opened in Twickenham, and a story/myth started about the homeless man that would sit around in doorways near and outside the newly opened fast food chain! Allegedly the bearded, long nailed rather dirty and smelly man was the famous Peter Green from Fleetwood Mac who had lost his sanity, wanted to give away his millions in royalties to charities, having written such classics as "Black Magic Woman" "Albatross" "Green Manalishi" "Oh Well" and many others!! The rumours spread that if you befriended this man, gave him money bought him food that one day should he regain his sanity he would repay your kindness by sharing his wealth with you??? Turns out it wasn't actually Peter Green (surprise surprise) and the rumour was probably started by the homeless guy himself, probably gave him a good source of money, food, clothes etc!! Fair play to the guy, it made me go out and buy a Peter Green Fleetwood Mac record and started a love of British and classic Blues, and after going to see him with his Splinter Group and The John Mayall's Bluesbreakers at the Royal Albert Hall, can understand why he his regarded as one of the best ever Blues Guitarists this country has ever produced.... All thanks to the Twickenham McDondalds Homeless man...

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23 July 2014 at 10:08

Great little story...and another of rocks great tragedies....they were magical and the Green M was FM at their very very best.