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Danny Kirwan, former Fleetwood Mac guitarist, dead at 68

11 June 2018

Danny Kirwan, a guitarist, singer and songwriter for Fleetwood Mac whose work fueled the band's rise during its early years, died on Friday in London.

Danny was picked to joined the band by drummer and co-found of the group Mick Fleetwood.

Danny Kirwan during a Fleetwood Mac concert in Hannover in Germany in 1970. Danny was a huge force in our early years.

Fleetwood said Kirwan's "love for the blues" led the guitarist to join the Grammy award-winning band, which is known for hits like Landslide and Dreams, in 1968.

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The tribute also listed the fan-favourite albums that featured Danny's work - including Then Play On, Blues Jam At Chess, Kiln House, Future Games and Bare Trees.

In 1998, Kirwan became one of the eight members of Fleetwood Mac to be inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall Of Fame, however he did not attend the ceremony, according to Rolling Stone.

"You will forever be missed", Fleetwood said in the post.

Kirwan was born in the South London neighborhood of Brixton on May 13, 1950.

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Rolling Stone said the musician joined Fleetwood Mac in 1968, but was sacked during the band's 1972 concert tour due to his alcoholism. He then played on their third album, Then Play On, released in September 1969, which reached #6 on the United Kingdom charts.

Kirwan continued making music, and made a number of solo albums, including Second Chapter, which was released three years after being fired from Fleetwood Mac. The last album her recorded with the band was 1972's Bare Trees. Though the album failed to chart in the United Kingdom, it reached #70 in the U.S. Five of the album's 10 songs - including the title track - were written by Kirwan.

No details about his death were immediately available.

Kirwan was sacked by Fleetwood, who became acting manager in the band, in 1972 due to continued confrontations regarding his alcoholism.

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Danny Kirwan, former Fleetwood Mac guitarist, dead at 68