Pop music has lost another hitmaker of the 1970s. Early today the news was released that Bob Welch, formerly a member of Fleetwood Mac and a successful pop solo artist, committed suicide at the age of 66. As lead guitarist and songwriter he was considered a key transitional figure for the group from being identified with British blues to the pop supergroup Fleetwood Mac became in the late 1970s. Mick Fleetwood said, "He was a huge part of our history which sometimes gets forgotten ... mostly his legacy would be his songwriting abilities that he brought to Fleetwood Mac, which will survive all of us." Bob Welch appeared on five Fleetwood Mac studio albums.
After the 1974 album Heroes Are Hard To Find Bob Welch left Fleetwood Mac and formed the rock power trio Paris for two albums. He then set out on a solo career that was initially highly successful. Four singles hit the pop top 40. The biggest was the 1977 top 10 pop hit "Sentimental Lady," written by Bob Welch, which originally appeared on the Fleetwood Mac album Bare Trees. His debut album French Kiss peaked at #14 on the album chart and was certified platinum. Check out Bob Welch's promotional video clip below for the top 20 pop hit "Ebony Eyes."
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