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Published: 2012/06/08

Bob Welch (1946-2012)

Former Fleetwood Mac guitarist Bob Welch was found yesterday dead in his Nashville, TN home of an apparent suicide. According to Police, Welch’s wife Wendy discovered his body with an apparent self-inflicted gunshot wound to the chest, along with a suicide note. He was 66.

Welch served as a member of Fleetwood Mac from 1971 to 1974, performing on such albums as Future Games, Bare Trees, and Mystery to Me. Welch eventually left the band in 1974—replaced by Stevie Nicks and Lindsay Buckingham—going on to pursue a solo career that birthed numerous hit singles including “Hot Love, Cold World”, “Ebony Eyes”, “Precious Love”, and his signature “Sentimental Lady”.

He is survived by his wife Wendy.


There are 4 comments associated with this post

Alex Rubin June 8, 2012, 17:35:57

A truly underrated talent. Welch was a very original player and songwriter who brought a whole new dynamic to the Mac. He should be credited with saving the band (along with Christine McVie), as the group had been floundering after Peter Green’s departure. Welch kept the group going in some lean years, years in which AM and mainstream FM radio had largely ignored them.
For me, Future Games and Bare Trees are two seminal treasures, which serve as the most creative works of the Mac catalogue. Moreover, Mystery to Me and Heroes are Hard to Find are two works that surely laid the groundwork for what was to come in the Buckingham/Nicks era. I do hope Welch’s musical contributions gain the esteem they deserve with his passing.

steve thompson June 9, 2012, 03:11:45


Dale Litcher June 9, 2012, 16:10:14

Thanks for the Memories.

Sheila Waddell August 2, 2012, 14:55:57

How sad for the world, his family, friends, fans. My Dad had spinal cancer and was an invalid the majority of my life with my Mom as caretaker. I hurt in my heart at what he must have felt before pulling that trigger, the sorrow, the anguish. R.I.P. Bob You will live in my heart forever. Thanks for all the good jams and I cry a few tears for the ones we will never hear. Bless you… Sheila Waddell

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