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Danny Kirwan
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    (May 13, 1950-June 8, 2018)
    Born in London, United Kingdom
    Guitarist/vocalist for Fleetwood Mac (1968-72)
    Recorded the solo albums 'Second Chapter' (1975), 'Midnight in San Juan' (1976) and 'Hello There Big Boy!' (1979)
    He became an alcoholic who would go days without eating, subsisting largely on beer.
    Christine McVie called him 'really, really neurotic and difficult to work with.'
    Before a concert, he and Bob Welch got into an argument about tuning a guitar, which ended with Kirwan smashing his head against a wall, breaking his guitar into pieces and refusing to go onstage with the band.
    His solo career was unsuccessful, partly due to his unwillingness to perform live.
    He ended up homeless in the 80s and 90s.
    He joined Fleetwood Mac when he was only 18.
    Mick Fleetwood said he was 'full of ideas that helped move Fleetwood Mac out of the blues and into the rock music mainstream.'
    He was stuck as the band's de facto leader when it was on the verge of breaking up after the departure of founder Peter Green, which couldn't have helped his stability.
    Despite their personal arguments, Welch noted, 'He was a very intuitive musician.... He played with surprising maturity and soulfulness.'
    Showing some humor about his situation, he told an interviewer, 'I don't really need anything. Unless he [Mick Fleetwood] fancies popping a million pounds in the post' (1993).
    He was inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame as a member of Fleetwood Mac (1998).

Credit: C. Fishel

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