Peter Allen Greenbaum, 29 October 1946, Bethnal Green, London, England. Having served an apprenticeship in various semi-professional groups, including the Muskrats and the Tridents, Peter Green became one of several guitarists who joined John Mayalls Bluesbreakers as a temporary substitute for Eric Clapton during the latters late 1965 sabbatical. When Mayalls preferred choice returned to the fold, Green joined Peter Bardens (organ), Dave Ambrose (bass) and Mick Fleetwood (drums) in a short-lived club band, the Peter Bs Looners. The quartet completed one single for Columbia Records: If You Wanna Be Happy/Jodrell Blues in February 1966. The b-side, an instrumental, showcased Greens already distinctive style. The entire unit subsequently formed the instrumental core to the Shotgun Express, backing singers Rod Stewart and Beryl Marsden, but the guitarist found this role too restrictive and left after a matter of...
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