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Bob Welch

Singer, songwriter, and guitarist Bob Welch enjoyed a brief streak of mainstream success in the late '70s after a four-year, pre-phenomenon stint in Fleetwood Mac. In 1971, Welch replaced Jeremy Spencer and stayed for the albums Future Games (1971), Bare Trees (1972), Penguin (1973), Mystery to Me (1973), and Heroes Are Hard to Find (1974). Welch's finest Fleetwood Mac moment was the dreamily jazzy "Hypnotized" on Mystery to Me.

Welch was asked to stay despite the addition of Lindsey Buckingham and Stevie Nicks, but he departed and formed a hard rock trio called Paris. The band -- which included former Jethro Tull bass guitarist Glenn Cornick, former Nazz drummer Thom Mooney, and then future Tin Machine drummer Hunt Sales -- released two poorly received albums in 1976. Welch then decided to craft blatantly commercial pop music, and he succeeded with 1977's French Kiss, which went platinum and featured the hit singles "Sentimental Lady" (a re-recording of the Bare Trees cut) and "Ebony Eyes."

Released in 1979, Three Hearts largely repeated the formula, but it only went gold; the single "Precious Love" hit the Top 40. Both albums featured guest appearances by Fleetwood Mac members. Welch released four more albums through 1983, but sales steadily declined.

By 1987, Welch had moved to Phoenix, Arizona and formed Avenue M. In the late '90s, he pursued a songwriting career in Nashville, Tennessee. Welch also publicly clashed with his former Fleetwood Mac bandmates. In 1994, he filed a lawsuit claiming he was underpaid royalties during his tenure. The case was settled out of court, but Welch says Fleetwood Mac retaliated by having him excluded from the band's 1998 Rock and Roll Hall of Fame induction. Welch was the only early member not honored. He died from a self-inflicted gunshot wound at his home in Nashville on June 7, 2012; Bob Welch was 65 years old. ~ Bret Adams, Rovi
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Love this song
RIP bob welch lots of memories from this album
Love this song & enjoyed reading his bio. So sad how he died. He lives on through his music. I need to buy Hypnotized.
I love this song!
R I P bob welch your music will never be forgotten.
Great memories hearing this song....summ e r s lasted forever when this was played on the airwaves.... You're remembered fondly Bob - rest in peace. xo
Lots of love and respect for Bob Welch here. He was a great talent and had a sad end to his life. His music lives on.
RIP
I love this song. So nice to hear it again!! So sad to find out how his life ended. :(
rollerskatin
Brings me right back to the roller rink♥1978♥
saw him in 75 LOVED him!
kvons1
He got RIPPED-OFF and never received his well due notoriety. RIP: B. W.
Remember having French Kiss on cassette, sad how he died.
Good times
Yesterday (11/18/12) was the 35th anniversary of the release of French Kiss. Bob Welch was the best!
kvons1
Another great one gone--- God, they're dropping like flies! RIP: Bob Welch
davidoforlan d o
French Kiss is definitely one on my favorite albums. I did not know he died until I saw it right here.. damn
I was very sad when I heard about Mr. Welch's passing....S t i l l to this day, French Kiss is one of my favorite albums!
Ditto!! This guy was the BOMB,, RIP Bob, he suffers no more.. How quickly time flys!
prfcpa
Rest well Bob Welch. You will always be in my hall of fame!
RIP Bob
When I think of Fleetwood Mac, I think of Bob Welch.
zerofade
Can't beat Bob Welch, still tasty after all these years!!!!!
a well crafted song, it still sounds great.....
I love Bob's voice on this song.
joeyhscpa
Good times!
donnagay1
I LOVE this song. Just sends me chills about that era of my life. Innocence and hope - and love.
relaxedfocus
I miss the 70's so much!
Oh my goodness...t h i s song brings back so many good memories. I love it! Thank you Adam Sandler for including it in the Grownups movie soundtrack. What a memory rush!
Great tune. Brings back memories.
I LOVE LOVE LOVE "Sentimental Lady"!!! Where oh where is my Repeat button??? I want to hear it again and again and again! This song rocks!
ericedietz
f the mac welch rules!!
He sure was a talent to be reckoned with!
livin the dream of being a rock star and wrote a darn good song about that. Known as a great guitar player.
French Kiss is a great album - my parents played it all the time when I was younger. Sentimental Lady reminds me of lazy summer days as a child.
Bret Adams, who wrote this biography of Welch absolutely nailed it - Welch's contribution to the fantastic "Hypnotized" is amazing. In fact, "Mystery to Me" is my favorite Fleetwood Mac Album. Wow. Leaving Fleetwood Mac at the time he did, is like misplacing a $100 million lottery ticket. Ouch.
dave_rom6
he wrote a lot of songs for different artist, his album French Kiss was great
oui33
Wow, I'd forgotten all about Bob Welch! I used to have his "French Kiss" album too--hmmm, I wonder where that ever went? Funny how things (and sometimes people) just kind of fade into oblivion.
I've always loved his strange peculiar phrasing and drawn-out 'Rs' when he sings.

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