Fleetwood Mac’s Bob Welch 1945-2012 R.I.P.

Key member of the Mac’s post-Peter Green, pre-Buckingham/Nicks lineup, also had fruitful solo
career. Above: with Stevie Nicks.

By Fred Mills

Guitarist and songwriter Bob Welch, who helped rejuvenate Fleetwood Mac in the mid ‘70s during its transition from blues-rock icons to laid-back ‘mersh-pop superstars, died yesterday, the victim of an apparent suicide (gunshot wound). Welch, 65, was found at his Nashville home by his wife and reportedly left a suicide note.

According to the Associated Press, “Police spokesman Don Aaron said Welch’s wife found him
with a chest wound at their south Nashville home around 12:15 p.m.” Welch had been dealing with unspecified health issues, according to media reports.

The Los Angeles native came on board with Fleetwood Mac in 1971, and as part of the group’s post-Peter Green incarnation he revived and recast the group’s sound. He left in ’74, and soon enough the Buckingham-Nick era arrived for the Mac. Meanwhile, he formed the group Paris,
and after launching a solo career had notable chart success with “Sentimental Lady,” “Precious Love” and “Ebony Eyes.” More recently Welch released the 1999 CD Bob Welch Looks at Bop,
additionally writing songs for other performers.




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