Former Fleetwood Mac guitarist and vocalist Bob Welch, who also had a solo career, sadly has died of a self-inflicted gunshot wound at his home in Nashville, TN. Police spokesman Don Aaron said the 65 year old Welch was found dead with a chest wound by his wife at their Nashville home around 12:15 p.m. Thursday (June 7).
Aaron said Welch apparently had had health issues recently and that he left a suicide note. Welch was a guitarist and vocalist for Fleetwood Mac from 1971 to 1974, and a part of the albums ‘Future Games’ (1971), ‘Bare Trees’ (1972), and ‘Mystery to Me’ (1973). Those albums weren’t immediate commercial successes, but eventually they went achieved Gold or Platinum certification in the U.S.
After leaving Fleetwood Mac, he formed the British rock group Paris in 1976, then had solo hits including ‘Sentimental Lady’ in 1977 from the album ‘French Kiss.’ ‘Sentimental Lady’ was originally recorded as a Fleetwood Mac song in 1972, and his solo version included Christine McVie and Lindsey Buckingham on backing vocals. He also had a solo hit with ‘Ebony Eyes’ in 1978.
Welch was not included among the members of Fleetwood Mac when they were inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame in 1998. At the time he told the Cleveland Plain Dealer, “It was an important period in the history of the band. Mick Fleetwood dedicated a whole chapter of his biography to my era of the band and credited me with ‘saving Fleetwood Mac.’ Now they want to write me out of the history of the group. It hurts.”
Many musicians have paid tribute to Bob via Twitter, including Nikki Sixx, Michael DesBarres, Bryan Adams, Foghat and the Roots’/Late Night With Jimmy Fallon’s ?uestlove:
R.I.P. Bob and thanks for all the wonderful music and memories. Our heartfelt condolences go out ot his family and friends.
Here’s Bob from a BBC documentary in 1995 talking about his time in Fleetwood Mac and meeting former Fleetwood Mac guitarist Peter Green
Here’s video of Bob performing ‘Sentimental Lady’ with Christine McVie and Mick Fleetwood
‘Ebony Eyes’ with Stevie Nicks at Cal Jam II in 1978 and from The Roxy in 1981
Fleetwood Mac footage form ‘The Midnight Special’ in 1973
‘Precious Love’ from 1979