Danny Kirwan Of Fleetwood Mac Has Passed At 68

This morning, Rolling Stone reported that Danny Kirwan, former guitarist for Fleetwood Mac, passed away on Friday. It was Mick Fleetwood who took to Facebook to confirm his death.

Fleetwood’s post read, “Today was greeted by the sad news of the passing of Danny Kirwan in London, England. Danny was a huge force in our early years. His love for the Blues led him to being asked to join Fleetwood Mac in 1968, where he made his musical home for many years.”

Fleetwood continued, “Danny’s true legacy, in my mind, will forever live on in the music he wrote and played so beautifully as a part of the foundation of Fleetwood Mac, that has now endured for over fifty years. Thank you, Danny Kirwan. You will forever be missed!”

The first album to feature Kirwan would be Peter Green’s last, 1969’s Then Play On. Through playing guitar and having some vocal duties, he would help with the bands first No. 1 single “Albatross” (which can be heard above). Other albums to feature Kirwan: Blues Jam at Chess (1969), Kiln House​ (1970), Future Games​ (1971), and Bare Trees​ (1972).

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Kirwan hit a rough patch when he was fired from the band for alcoholism during the band’s Bare Trees tour. On a positive note, Kirwan was among the eight members of the band to be inducted into the Rock N’ Roll Hall of Fame in 1998. Condolences to his family and friends. May he rest in peace.

Photo credit: By W.W.Thaler – H. Weber, Hildesheim [CC BY-SA 3.0 (https://creativecommons.org/licenses/by-sa/3.0)], from Wikimedia Commons

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