Guitarist and singer Bob Welch, whose work in the early 1970s for Fleetwood Mac set the stage for the band’s multi-platinum success later in the decade, died on Thursday at his home in Nashville. He was 66.
According to a spokesman for the Nashville Police Department, Welch was found dead of an apparent self-inflicted gunshot wound to the chest. The spokesman said Welch’s wife, Wendy, told police he had been suffering from health issues.
Welch, originally from Los Angeles, was a guitarist and vocalist with Fleetwood Mac from 1971 to 1974. He formed the group Paris in 1976, and had hits including Sentimental Lady and Ebony Eyes in the late-70s. Fleetwood Mac’s Christine McVie and Lindsey Buckingham sang backing vocals on Sentimental Lady. His other singles included Precious Love and Hot Love, Cold World.
When Fleetwood Mac was inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame in 1998, Welch was not included in the group.
“It basically comes down to the fact that they don’t like me anymore,” he told a local newspaper in Cleveland at the time. “I could understand it if I had been a side man for a year. But I was an integral part of that band. I put more of myself into that band than anything else I’ve ever done.”
Network Awesome put together this playlist of the live music show that Welch hosted, Hollywood Heartbeat:
Hosted by former Fleetwood Mac band member Bob Welch, each show takes audiences to Hollywood’s most “in” nightclubs and hot spots for today’s phenomenal new Rock music.
The Pretenders: Talk of the Town
Hilly Michaels: Shake It and Dance
Go-Go’s: We Got the Beat
Scooters: Drive Away
The Plimsouls: Zero Hour
The Pop: Shake Away
The Kingbees: My Mistake
The Twisters: Where Did Our Love Go?
Danny Johnson and the Bandits: The Letter